Community education and continuing education for professionals

There are lots of ways to fight eating disorders. One way is to educate yourself about them, their causes, symptoms, and treatments. Each year there are national and international conferences and awareness programs, some of which include screening efforts. The following opportunities — some for professionals, some for the general public — are currently available to help people learn more effective ways of dealing with disordered eating.

  • Eating Disorders Awareness Week in Canada

February 6-12, 2005. Sponsored by NEDIC, the National Eating Disorder Information Centre in Toronto. Check their Website for more information.

  • Parent Training Weekend

February 19-20, 2005, at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Background information plus specific skills to manage disordered eating. For parents who live in the Durham area, weekly sessions are available to provide ongoing support. For more information, send an e-mail to program staff.

  • Fighting Disordered Eating: Anorexia to obesity. What we need to know and what we can do.

February 25, 2005, Northbrook (Chicago area), Illinois. Sponsored by ANAD, our sister organization, and the Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Women’s Health. For information and registration forms, visit ANAD’s Website. You can also register online at the site.

  • National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAW)

February 27 to March 5, 2005. Sponsored by the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), this is the largest eating disorders outreach effort in the U.S. For more information, and to learn about activities in your area, visit NEDA’s Website.

  • Sixth Annual Professional Symposium for the Prevention and Treatment of Eating Disorders

March 4, 2005, sponsored by the Elisa Project in conjunction with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Event location: Southern Methodist University in Dallas. To register, or for more information, contact Elisa Project staff via their Website. CMEs and CEUs are available.

  • Westwind Roundtable: Innovations in the treatment of eating disorders.

March 11-12, 2005, at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For more information, visit Westwind’s Website. To register, call 204-728-2499.

  • Brain Awareness Week

March 14-20, 2005. Sponsored by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. Spotlights develops in brain research and treatments. For information about activities in your area, contact the Dana Alliance through their Website.

  • The 2005 International Conference on Eating Disorders

April 27-30, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Sponsored by the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED). For details, send an e-mail to AED or visit their Website.

  • The Inaugural European Association of Addiction Therapy Conference

July 6-8, in Budapest, Hungary. Topics include eating disorders as well as chemical dependency. Find a registration form on the EAAT Website, or send an e-mail if you want more information.

  • Working Together, the 2005 NEDA conference

September 9-10, 2005, in Denver, Colorado. Sponsored by the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). Programs for family members, treatment professionals, educators, physicians, activists, recovered people, and other interested parties. Find information on the NEDA Website.

  • Feminist Perspectives on Eating Disorders: Enduring wisdom, new frontiers

The 15th annual Renfrew Center Foundation conference. November 10-13, 2005, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Call for Proposals deadline is March 11, 2005. For information about submitting a proposal, contact the Program Committee. We will publish registration information in this space as it becomes available. For more about Renfrew and what it offers, visit the Website.

Please Note: ANRED information is not a substitute for medical or psychological evaluation and treatment. For help with the physical and emotional problems associated with eating disorders, talk to your physician and a mental health professional.