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Midwest Eating Disorders Conference Focuses on Wellness, Not Weight


CHICAGO, Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center today announced it is sponsoring the upcoming 2012 Annual Midwest Eating Disorders Conference, put on by the national non-profit ANAD. This year, the theme will be Wellness, Not Weight: Working Together Across the Full Spectrum of Eating Disorders. The conference, held 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday, October 26 at the Marriott Oak Brook in Oak Brook, Ill., is open to both mental health professionals and the public. Continuing education credit for professionals will be available through Timberline Knolls and The Institute for Continuing Education.


"The conference is a great place to connect, collaborate and build professional networks while having the opportunity to learn and share the latest knowledge from leading eating disorder professional leaders," said Laura Discipio LCSW, executive director at ANAD.

The keynote speaker at this year's conference is Kelly G. Wilson PhD, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Mississippi. He is one of the co-developers of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and has devoted himself to the development and dissemination of ACT and its underlying theory and philosophy for the past 20 years. He has published numerous articles and chapters, as well as six books, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Eating Disorders: A Process-Focused Guide to Treating Anorexia and Bulimia, and The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Bulimia: A Guide to Breaking Free from Bulimia Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

The conference will also feature workshops led by 16 additional clinicians and professionals from across the country. Four sessions will be offered, with four breakouts at each session. Kim Dennis MD, CEO and medical director of Timberline Knolls, will be presenting on "Co-Occurring Disorders: When Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse Collide." Descriptions and details for the conference can be found at:

"We're proud to be a part of this important conference that offers the latest information and resources for those treating or struggling with eating disorders," adds Dr. Dennis, who also serves on ANAD's Scientific and Medical Advisory Board. "We believe in ANAD's mission of advocating for the development of healthy attitudes, bodies, and behaviors. By sponsoring this conference, we're able to show our support in promoting eating disorder awareness, prevention and recovery."

About Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center:
Timberline Knolls is a leading private residential treatment center for women and adolescent girls (ages 12 – 65+) with eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, mood and co-occurring disorders.  Located in suburban Chicago, residents receive excellent clinical care from a highly trained professional staff on a picturesque 43-acre wooded campus.  Women and families seeking Christian treatment can opt for specialized Christian-based therapy.  For more information on Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, call us at 877.257.9611. We are also on Facebook – Timberline Knolls, and LinkedIn – Timberline Knolls.

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