Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center Blog

Category Archives: Announcements

Castlewood Family Week

Castlewood will be hosting one of our regularly scheduled Family Weeks starting November 6th. We are excited to welcome families into Castlewood Treatment Center to help them gain the tools necessary to be effectively involved in their loved one’s recovery. At Castlewood, we know how important family is to recovery. Family members can become strong advocates for the patient and assist them in navigating through the process of recovery and life integration. Healthy family communication and boundaries are important to insure lasting recovery. In order to incorporate families into the treatment process, we host events like family week, where we…

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IFS Conference

Written by Nancy Albus, LPC, NCC, CEDS Castlewood is looking forward to once again participating in the IFS Conference, to be held October 24-27, 2013, in Providence, Rhode Island. The conference, which brings professionals together to learn and expand their knowledge about IFS psychotherapy, is one that Castlewood has been actively involved with for years. Two of Castlewood’s staff will present at the IFS Conference: Katie Thompson, Lead Eating Disorder Therapist at Castlewood, and Erin McGinty, Anxiety Therapist and Program Director for Castlewood. Their topic of discussion will be IFS in Action: Unblending at the Table and Addressing Feared Stimuli in…

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Eating Disorder Community Unites to End Weight-Based Bullying, Hopes to Involve First Lady Michelle Obama

An online petition asking First Lady Michelle Obama to decline her appearance on ‘The Biggest Loser’ television show has been posted on Change.org in order to end weight-based bullying. Castlewood is proud to participate in the efforts to stop weight based bullying. We are participating through social media and blogging to support the important message that the First Lady should not endorse The Biggest Loser and its weight stigma and shaming tactics. In an email to those in the eating disorder community Lizabeth Wesely-Casella, Founder of Bingebehavior.com lead the charge by stating, “weight based stigmatization & bullying will no longer be…

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Preferred Provider Conference

Castlewood is planning an upcoming event at our St. Louis residential treatment center. On October 18-29, 2013, we will host a conference for individuals from around the country that are currently treating eating disorders in their private practices. These psychiatrists, licensed counselors, physicians, and other providers will come to Castlewood to hear from our staff about the treatment services we provide. At the event, we will give insight on nutrition programs, the medical management of patients, and how we use things like drama and expressive art therapy in the treatment and healing of eating disorders. Our purpose is to educate…

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) was first documented in 1886 by Morselli and recognized by the American Psychiatric Association in 1987. BDD is a chronic mental illness which manifests itself as a fixation over a perceived physical defect. These defects are typically imagined or are so small the person suffering from the malady is the only one that notices them. Characteristically beginning during adolescence, this obsession causes psychological distress which often diminishes one’s ability to function on a personal or professional level. Men and women suffering from BDD are often riddled with anxiety and depression causing them to withdraw socially or…

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Artists Speak Up For Weight Stigma Awareness Week

The 3rd annual Weight Stigma Awareness Week (WSAW); will be held Sept. 23 – 27. The goal of the event is to make people aware of the harm weight stigma inflicts onto others and to provide effective methodologies in which to oppose them. Weight Stigma Awareness Week is a virtual event which will include, Tweetchats, webinars, mixers, blog conferencing lead by experts in the field of weight stigma. Sticks and Stones Contrary to the words in a child’s nursery rhyme, names do hurt. They cut deep; they destroy a person’s self-esteem, hope and quality of life. No matter what you call it,…

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Garden Group Therapy

Castlewood Treatment Center clients have experienced a new kind of therapy this year. The Garden Group is an opportunity for clients to work together to grow a garden. The therapy involves planting and maintaining the garden, and then preparing meals from the produce. This type of activity has been proven to be successful for those working toward recovery, and Castlewood is proud to be able to offer this kind of program. The Garden Group at Castlewood allows clients to prepare a garden plot, plant the seeds, maintain the plants and harvest the fruits and vegetables. Participants also help prepare meals…

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Castlewood Accredited by JCHAO

Castlewood Treatment Center is now accredited by the Joint Commission, widely considered the highest standard of care in the treatment industry. Being Joint Commission accredited sets Castlewood apart with an elite group of facilities. There are only about 2,000 organizations like Castlewood in the nation that have this prestigious designation. In order to become accredited, Castlewood’s programs, staff, and facility had to be evaluated. While being assessed by the Joint Commission on more than 1,200 elements, Castlewood “exceeded elements of clinical performance, and is considered a premier provider of eating disorder services in the nation,” according to JCHAO. Castlewood has…

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Interview highlights development of eating disorder once kids have left the nest

‘Let’s Talk Shop’ radio show hosts Dawn Meadows Dixon and Teacha Tigue recently chatted with Clinical Director and Therapist Cara Faries about eating disorders triggered by children leaving home. Castlewood has been able to give hope to many who have previously been treated at other facilities Faries explained. “They have been taught how to eat food or work an exchange system or they have been taught how to manage behavioral approaches to shame but never get to the underlying issue,” she said. “Which to me is like putting a Band-Aid over a compound fracture.” In the interview, Faries discusses mothers…

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Castlewood CEO featured in St Louis Health and Wellness Magazine

Nancy Albus, Executive Director and CEO of Castlewood Treatment Center for Eating Disorders in Ballwin, Missouri is featured in the September 2013 St Louis Health and Wellness Magazine. The magazine, which focuses primarily on promoting health and wellness services and products in the local community, describes Albus’s journey from stay at home mom to career woman. She went back to school after she found more free time on her hands when her children began attending school. She recognized the need to fill her time and let her children become more independent in a healthy way. “I could see my future…

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