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Iowa Eating Disorder Coalition- ED Awareness Week

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is February 24- March 2, 2013. One of the ways Castlewood Treatment Center plans to support ED awareness is through the Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa Annual Conference. The conference will be held Saturday March 2, 2013 at Waukee High School from 9:00 am until 2:30. It includes The Thin Line performance, Seminars, ​Silent Auction and Inspirational Stroll.  Dr. Jim Gerber, Castlewood Treatment Center’s Clinical Director will speak at the conference presenting his trauma model training utilizing attachment theory. Lisa Iken-Sokolik, Director of Regional Outreach will be at the conference to represent Castlewood at an exhibit booth.

Schedule of Events: 

10 a.m. The Thin Line

​A powerful performance that breaks the silence on eating disorders.

Eating disorders in schools are as prevalent as alcohol and drug abuse, and 86 percent of people report that their eating disorder started before the age of 20. *And an estimated 25 percent of college students suffer from eating disorders.*

Eating disorders among our young people are well hidden, dangerously glamorized, socially contagious, and becoming an epidemic. It is the mental illness with the highest fatality rate; yet the stigma surrounding the disease allows many to suffer alone to face the threat of death or severe lifelong ailments. There is growing concern that the dominant national discourse on tackling obesity could exacerbate disordered eating amount our children.

But prevention and recovery are possible.

The Thin Line uses live theater to break the silence on eating disorders, reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness, and pave the way to prepare young adults for the intensive pressure of high school, college, and beyond. The program helps begin the conversation about eating disorders by illustrating the pain of one girl’s struggle and her loved ones’ resolve to understand and to help.

Compose to present a wider understanding of the impact of eating disorders, The Thin Linefeatures four characters with distinct voices all played by a professional actor. Characters include (in order of appearance): Cindy, a friend; Ellen, a girl struggling with an eating disorder; Ellen’s negative voice; and Ellen’s mother. As the play unfolds, Ellen’s illness progresses and the complications and stakes get higher.

As a result of seeing The Thin Line, 90% of audience members knew exactly where to go to get help if they or someone they know is suffering from an eating disorder.

Following The Thin Line, there will be a Q & A panel of local eating disorder treatment team members.

 General Seminars

Attend 3 of the 5 one- hour, unique and insightful sessions: 9-9:45 a.m., 11:45-12:30 p.m., and 12:45-1:30 p.m.

  • ​My Recovery Story
  • Parent’s Perspective
  • Balanced Eating
  • How to Help Someone You Care About
  • Healthy Coping Skills

CEU Seminars

Professionals seeking CEU credits on the topic of eating disorders will choose 1 intensive three-hour training held 9-10, breaking 10-11 to attend ‘The Thin Line’, and resuming after lunch 11:45-1:30 p.m.

  • Trauma Training – Attachment Model- Dr. Jim Gerber
  • Nutrition – Eating Recovery Center
  • Working with Eating Disorders
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