Campaign Founding Members
Universities across the country are often lacking the resources to adequately address the issue of eating disorders on their respective campuses. Even with research approved screening tools in place, students are frequently unable to access needed treatment due to limited counseling options, treatment costs, and/or the inability to secure transportation to off-campus resources. For the limited number of students who are fortunate enough to begin treatment, clinicians supporting this unique clinical population may not have the expertise required to effectively assess and then treat those with body image and/or eating concerns.
With this in mind, Hynes Recovery Services has created an "ED Recovery on Campus" Campaign - a multi-faceted initiative that will include several components: Recovery Video Blogs, University Clinical Guide, Support Group Outline, online Treatment Directories, Webinar Series for university administrators and on-campus providers, comprehensive event calendar, and two national list servs - one for eating disorder advocates and practitioners throughout the country, and the other is for on-campus staff in the role of supporting students seeking help for this potentially life-threatening illness.
In order to accomplish these important projects identified above, we have selected a wonderful network of organizations who have already demonstrated an ongoing commitment to support students struggling with an eating disorder. We are sincerely thankful for their partnership with HRS, and are excited to be collaborating with these members on several ongoing and future projects. Please take a moment to read through their summaries below. And to learn more about their programs and services, please click on the logo preceding their program description, so that you will be directed to their website.
Advanced Recovery Systems is an integrated behavioral healthcare management company dedicated to the treatment of addiction, substance abuse, eating disorders and co-occurring mental health issues. Advanced Recovery Systems provides patient-centered care in an environment that empowers and aids individuals on their path to recovery. By integrating neurocognitive behavioral therapy with traditional, evidence-based approaches throughout their entire clinical system and utilizing highly individualized treatment plans, ARS is able to provide an exceptional patient experience at every level of care. Advanced Recovery Systems is focused on becoming one of the nation's most well respected and sought after behavioral healthcare companies, with a focus on providing innovative, cost-effective quality care with measurable outcomes. ARS manages full-service addiction treatment facilities for both adolescents and adults, a specialized eating disorder center, sober living communities and outpatient facilities across the country.
The Body Project is a dissonance-based body-acceptance program designed to help young women resist cultural pressures to conform to an appearance ideal standard of female beauty, and reduce their pursuit of unrealistic bodies. The Body Project is backed by several years of quantitative research that demonstrate the program's ability to decrease body dissatisfaction, appearance ideal internalization, eating disorder symptoms, dietary restraint, and negative affect. The Body Project has been used by numerous high schools and over 100 college campuses and has been delivered to over 200,000 young women. Research supports the use of the Body Project not only with those who have elevated body dissatisfaction, but also in more diverse groups of young women that include those with lower levels of body dissatisfaction. The Body Project Collaborative offers one and two day trainings that can be specifically tailored to meet the unique needs of any group.
The Eating Disorders Resource Center (EDRC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to: increase awareness and understanding of eating disorders for both the general public and health care professionals; promote early diagnosis, effective treatment, and recovery; and advocate for mental health parity legislation and effective insurance coverage. Both staff and volunteers manage a helpline, assisting clients with eating disorders (and their loved ones) in identifying and connecting with local and national resources. EDRC also hosts confidential and free local weekly support groups, in addition to educating physicians and other health care professionals in how to effectively identify and assess individuals with eating disorders. Another important role of the EDRC is to organize and participate in local and national campaigns to raise eating disorder awareness and to facilitate prevention, early intervention and recovery. One such awareness initiative involves an annual “Every Body's Beautiful” writing contest, for middle and high school students to increase media literacy and body acceptance.
FINDINGbalance is a faith-based nonprofit providing globally-accessible resources and support for those impacted by eating disorders. Online resources include carefully curated digital libraries with hundreds of free videos, articles, and advice columns featuring doctors, nutritionists, counselors and others. Support is provided via a highly-structured online program called "Lasting Freedom," which runs in 8-week cycles and includes pre- and post-cycle assessments for goal-setting and trackable progress of members on their recovery journey. Further support is provided at Hungry for Hope – a semi-annual conference and ministry event in Franklin, Tennessee, which offers community and clinical tracks. Founded in 2002, FINDINGbalance has become the leading Christian resource for daily help with eating and body image issues, is committed to serving ALL who are on a journey toward freedom (regardless of their personal faith stance), and passionate about collaborating with other change-agents to expand the reach of quality, compassionate care.
The Gaudiani Clinic offers expert outpatient medical care to people of all ages, sizes, and genders with eating disorders or disordered eating. The Gaudiani Clinic also offers thoughtful care to those who are recovered from an eating disorder. Dr. Gaudiani is one of the only outpatient internists in the United States who carries the Certified Eating Disorder Specialist designation and is internationally recognized as an expert in the eating disorder field. In her role as an expert outpatient medical doctor, Dr. Gaudiani can function as a patient’s primary care physician or as an expert adjunctive physician as part of a multidisciplinary team. Through a collaborative multi-disciplinary approach, the Clinic cares for the whole person, in the context of their values. The Gaudiani Clinic also offers telemedicine treatment in numerous states throughout the country. In addition, Dr. Gaudiani offers professional services including private and group consultation, professional webinars, and presentations.
The Healthy Minds Network for Research on Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health (HMN) is dedicated to improving the mental and emotional well-being of young people through innovative, multidisciplinary scholarship. HMN addresses the connection between the mental health of adolescents and young adults and their health behaviors, physical health, and social, educational, and economic outcomes. HMN's main project—The Healthy Minds Study (HMS)—is an annual web-based survey study examining mental health, service utilization, and related issues among undergraduate and graduate students. HMS is available for implementation at all types of post-secondary institutions, including U.S. and international four-year colleges and universities as well as community colleges. Enrolling your institution in HMS demonstrates your school's dedication to understanding and addressing issues related to students' mental health through scientifically rigorous research. The ultimate goal is that HMS data can be used to inform policy and practice on college and university campuses.
Helping Other People Eat (H.O.P.E. Inc.) is a 501c3 non-profit organization focused on the prevention and awareness of eating disorders. Since 2001, they have strived to educate all age groups on the warning signs, symptoms and side effects that accompany eating disorders and body image issues. This non-profit organization offers information, tutorials, references and public speakers to aid in the elimination of eating disorders. In addition, members of H.O.P.E. also advocate to provide funding for treatment on behalf of those who cannot afford it.
The mission of Mental Fitness is to build resilience in youth through evidence-based arts and mindfulness programs. Their organization brings important programming into K-12 schools and universities that improve the following protective categories and build resilience: disordered eating, social-emotional skills, media literacy, mindfulness, body image, and stress-management. Mental Fitness is one of the few entities that offers evidence-based professional development programs for faculty, teaching strategies that will enable them to better manage serious mental illness within the educational community. For over ten years, their arts-based initiatives have provided a safe, unique and interactive launching point for discussion of complex mental health issues. Since their inception in 2006 as NORMAL In Schools, Mental Fitness’ array of programs have been presented in diverse, socio-economic communities worldwide and their programs have been evaluated and deployed in numerous schools through ongoing collaborations with both scientific practitioners and researchers.
O’Connor Professional Group (OPG) offers a continuum of services to address the needs of individuals and families struggling with behavioral health issues that include addictions, mental health issues, eating disorders, and mood and personality disorders. OPG also supports individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as young adults lacking clinical diagnoses, who are struggling with transitions to independence. Their clients include individuals, families, employers, advisors, and other professionals. (Their team of professionals hold expertise, both through advanced training and education and personal experience, who are in recovery from a variety of behavioral health issues). Services are delivered in the home or the community; the range of options includes: interventions, consultations, treatment placements, therapeutic coaching/companion support, case management, family coaching, and an array of customized workshops. Their staff believes in creating tailored, long-term plans that help individuals and their support systems to achieve sustainable recovery. OPG works with clients nationally and does not accept insurance.
SunCloud Health is a private outpatient treatment center for men and women struggling with co-occurring eating disorders, substance use disorders, addictions, mood disorders and trauma. Offering all levels of outpatient care to include individual and outpatient groups, Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization, SCH is able to work with patients for as long as they need in order to address all aspects of their recovery. SCH is owned and operated by Kimberly Dennis, MD (aka “Dr. Kim”), formerly CEO and Medical Director of Timberline Knolls. Dr. Kim is nationally known and respected for her work in treating anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, compulsive overeating and orthorexia. She and her team understand how co-occurring disorders may contribute to the development of an eating disorder. SCH also understands that pain and trauma is often at the root of most eating disorders and addictions, and its treatment model is designed accordingly.
Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center offers a nurturing environment of recovery for women and girls ages 12 and older struggling to overcome eating disorders, substance abuse, mood disorders, trauma and co-occurring disorders. Through an intensive integrated program, individualized treatment is provided utilizing clinical approaches that include the Recovery Principles, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), expressive therapies, spirituality, family systems and trauma-informed care. Adolescent residents attend TK Academy, an award-winning on-campus school with a curriculum consistent with that of their home school. Women and girls seeking Christian treatment can opt for specialized Christian-based programming. The multidisciplinary treatment team at Timberline Knolls includes psychiatrists, psychologists, registered nurses, counselors, social workers, eating disorder specialists, DBT specialists, expressive therapists, Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselors, dietitians and others. An adult partial hospitalization program is available on campus for step down as well as in a nearby location for women to direct admit.
Walden Behavioral Care offers a full system of care for adolescents and adults impacted by all types of eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. This includes programming specific to college students – they are conveniently located a short drive from hundreds of college and university campuses. Walden's commitment is simple: providing the most personalized level of care, and the best chance for a lasting recovery. Whether a student is enrolled at a nearby campus or home on break, Walden develops a specialized treatment plan tailored to the individual's needs, background and goals. Individuals gain the knowledge and skills to navigate dining halls, campus stressors, interpersonal relationships and coursework. They also learn to more positively regulate emotions, reduce disordered eating and develop a stronger relationship with food. Walden's services span all levels of care, including inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient (IOP) and outpatient care.
We Are Diabetes is an organization primarily devoted to promoting support, education and awareness for type 1 diabetics who suffer from eating disorders. Their organization provides guidance, hope and resources to those who may be struggling, as well as to their families and loved ones. The daily challenges of living with T1D, as well as the emotional and financial toll it takes, can oftentimes result in a sense of defeat or isolation. WAD staff help those who feel alone in their chronic illness find hope and courage to live healthy, happy lives. Services offered by We Are Diabetes include: referrals to credible providers and treatment centers across the United States; one-on-one mentorship and guidance throughout the recovery process; support for both the individual who is struggling as well as their family and loved ones; unique resources designed specifically for the ED-DMT1 population; and monthly online support groups.
“Eating disorders affect millions of young people and it is estimated that only one in thirty-five individuals in crisis seek some form of treatment. Therefore, it is crucial that all of us play a part in reducing the shame and stigma that exists with regards to this potentially life-threatening illness. We must also consider establishing affiliations that better provide the resources and treatment necessary to allow for the healing to begin. I'm honored to partner with the above entities through HRS and I thank them for their continued support of our on-going initiatives within the university community.” – Dawn Hynes, MSW, Founder of Hynes Recovery Services