Dietitian & Dietary Aide Positions

Nurse Practitioner – Per Diem

The Nurse Practitioner will be responsible for completing histories and physicals for our patients in a manner consistent with the philosophy and objectives of Walden Behavioral Care.

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Mental Health Counselor – Full Time – Worcester

The Mental Health Counselor provides direct patient care under the supervision of clinical staff. Primary responsibilities include the provision of a safe and therapeutic milieu including supervision of breakfast, lunch and snacks, conducting groups, stock ordering and patient weights.

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Clinician – Adolescent IOP – Full Time (Amherst)

We are currently seeking a Clinician in our Adolescent IOP Program that will be opening in Amherst, MA with the relocation of our Northampton Clinic. To be successful, candidates must be experienced in family therapy, behaviorally oriented, high energy, and enthusiastic about learning. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing clinical social work/case management in a manner consistent with the philosophy and objectives of Walden Behavioral Care and the NASW. This candidate will be responsible for conducting psychosocial assessments, individual, group and family therapy, participating in treatment planning, utilization review, discharge planning/case management, crisis intervention and liaison services with referral sources.

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Recovery Reminders

Recovery Reminders

When I found out about the “Life Without Ed” Collection, which was created by Sue Gillerlain, jewelry designer and founder of www.sarah-kate.com, in…

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Registered Nurses – Part Time – Days

The Registered Nurse assumes full and ultimate responsibility for the quality of nursing care she/he provides to individuals and groups. Included in such responsibility are health maintenance, teaching, counseling, collaborative planning and restoration of optimal function. The RN coordinates the nursing process which is integrated into the multidisciplinary treatment team. The RN provides care that addresses the specific needs of age groups from adolescents to elderly, and is also individualized to a variety of needs specific to impairments such as hearing, sight, substance abuse, non-English speaking, and potential victims of abuse. The RN incorporates knowledge and understanding of our commitment to patient rights, our mission, vision, and values into nursing practice at Walden Behavioral Care.

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Program Director, Residential

We are currently seeking a Program Director for our Residential Program in Waltham, MA. The Program Director ensures effective and efficient clinical programming for the Residential Program, manages program staffing, selection, discipline, development and supervision of staff, manage budgeting and ensure compliance with all organizational and regulatory agency standards, and promote patient care consistent with the philosophy and objectives of Walden Behavioral Care .

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Adolescent Clinician – Peabody – Full Time

We are currently seeking a Clinician to work primarily in our Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) with opportunities for consultation in other levels of care. The adolescent continuum of care at Walden Behavioral Care emphasizes family involvement in the treatment of eating disorders. To be successful, candidates must be experienced in family therapy, behaviorally oriented, energetic, and enthusiastic about continuous learning. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing therapy and case management in a manner consistent with the philosophy and objectives of Walden Behavioral Care and professional ethical guidelines. This candidate will be responsible for conducting psychosocial assessments, group and family therapy, treatment planning, utilization review, discharge planning/case management, crisis intervention and liaison services with referral sources. This clinician will also be involved in the training and supervision of graduate level interns.

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Adult Clinician – Residential Program – Full Time

We are currently seeking an Adult Clinician in our Residential Program. The Clinician provides clinical social work/case management in a manner consistent with the philosophy and objectives of Walden Behavioral Care and the NASW. The Clinician is responsible for psychosocial assessments, individual, group and family therapy, participate in team planning, utilization review, discharge planning/case management, crisis intervention and liaison services with referral sources.

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Clinician – South Windsor, CT – Part Time/Full Time

We are currently seeking a Clinician in our South Windsor, CT Clinic. The Clinician provides clinical social work/case management in a manner consistent with the philosophy and objectives of Walden Behavioral Care and the NASW. The Clinician is responsible for psychosocial assessments, individual, group and family therapy, participate in team planning, utilization review, discharge planning/case management, crisis intervention and liaison services with referral sources.

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Bless You!

Bless You!

I was leaving the grocery store the other day and as I walked outside, the beautiful sun shone on me and warmed me…

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Controller

Walden Behavioral Care, a privately held rapidly growing mid-size healthcare provider, is seeking its first Controller. The person in this role will be an active, hands-on team member reporting directly to the CFO. This is an opportunity for a highly motivated individual to participate in the design and management of an Accounting and Finance department from the ground up.

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Psychiatrist-Part time

We are currently seeking a Psychiatrist to provide psychiatric care in a manner consistent with the philosophy and objectives of Walden Behavioral Care to our inpatient population on the eating disorder unit. The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating the care of assigned patients, working closely and collaboratively with the nursing staff, utilizing a multidisciplinary treatment team plan of care.

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Psychiatrist-Waltham

We are currently seeking a Psychiatrist to provide psychiatric care in a manner consistent with the philosophy and objectives of Walden Behavioral Care to our inpatient population. The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating the care of assigned patients, working closely and collaboratively with the nursing staff, utilizing a multidisciplinary treatment team plan of care.

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Development Director – Walden Center for Education & Research

Working closely with the President and the Board of Directors, the Development Director will be responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining a robust fundraising effort for the Center. Among other activities, this will include soliciting funders and managing relationships with them, researching grant opportunities and writing grant proposals, coordinating the Center’s annual conference on eating disorders, and communicating with internal and external constituencies on issues related to development.

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Utilization Review Clinician

This position conducts the Utilization Review functions for eating disorder patients and psychiatric patients in their designated program(s) for all MCOs. These functions include, but are not limited to: obtaining medical necessity approval for initial authorization and continued stay; completing peer to peer reviews as licensure allows, participating in Utilization Review Committee functions, team meetings, and treatment team conferences with third party payors; managing all the utilization review data functions and presenting the information to the Director of Utilization Management, Vice President, Clinical Operations and the Utilization Review Committee; managing length of stay and assessing the changes on a monthly basis; and contributing to the decrease of Peer to Peer reviews through the initial comprehensive clinical case management discussion.

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Mental Health Counselor – Inpatient – Part Time – Nights

The Mental Health Technician provides direct patient care under the supervision of clinical staff. Primary responsibilities include the provision of a safe and therapeutic milieu including crisis intervention and assisting patients with activities of daily living, behavior management and completion of assignments.

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Manager of Information Technology (IT)

The Manger of Information Technology (IT) is responsible for the management of all company-wide technology needs and support. This includes the organization’s data network, computer hardware and software, communications, networked copiers/printers and administration of the electronic health record.

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Director of Nursing

We are currently seeking a Director of Nursing to be responsible for providing 24 hour accountability for the professional practice, administrative and clinical operations of the psychiatric and eating disorder units. The Director of Nursing promotes and supports the hospital mission, vision and strategic plan across the care units. The Director of Nursing strives to achieve a care delivery system that fosters excellence in nursing practice, care, teamwork, positive customer/client relations, safe and high quality driven practices. The Director of Nursing is responsible for financial management, strategic goal planning, human resource management, and departmental and interpersonal communications. The Director of Nursing, in collaboration with the VP of Clinical Operations and CMO, works to achieve the provision of quality patient care and service across the continuum.

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Registered Nurses – Part Time – Nights

The Registered Nurse assumes full and ultimate responsibility for the quality of nursing care she/he provides to individuals and groups. Included in such responsibility are health maintenance, teaching, counseling, collaborative planning and restoration of optimal function. The RN coordinates the nursing process which is integrated into the multidisciplinary treatment team. The RN provides care that addresses the specific needs of age groups from adolescents to elderly, and is also individualized to a variety of needs specific to impairments such as hearing, sight, substance abuse, non-English speaking, and potential victims of abuse. The RN incorporates knowledge and understanding of our commitment to patient rights, our mission, vision, and values into nursing practice at Walden Behavioral Care.

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Registered Nurses – Full Time – Days

The Registered Nurse assumes full and ultimate responsibility for the quality of nursing care she/he provides to individuals and groups. Included in such responsibility are health maintenance, teaching, counseling, collaborative planning and restoration of optimal function. The RN coordinates the nursing process which is integrated into the multidisciplinary treatment team. The RN provides care that addresses the specific needs of age groups from adolescents to elderly, and is also individualized to a variety of needs specific to impairments such as hearing, sight, substance abuse, non-English speaking, and potential victims of abuse. The RN incorporates knowledge and understanding of our commitment to patient rights, our mission, vision, and values into nursing practice at Walden Behavioral Care.

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Office Manager – Full Time – Northampton

We are currently seeking an Office Manager/ Administrative assistant for our Northampton Clinic. The Office Manager provides administrative support to the site, complies with internal policies and procedures and applicable external regulatory requirements, coordinates work within the site as well as with other sites and responds to inquiries and requests from patients, patient’s families and other hospital personnel.

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Mental Health Counselor – Full Time – Peabody

The Mental Health Counselor provides direct patient care under the supervision of clinical staff. Primary responsibilities include the provision of a safe and therapeutic milieu including supervision of breakfast, lunch and snacks, conducting groups, stock ordering and patient weights.

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Conversation Topics

Conversation Topics

(a chapter from Telling Ed No! by Cheryl Kerrigan©) Usually, attending parties, dinners and other social events caused me anxiety about things like…

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Intake Coordinator – Part Time/Per Diem

The Intake Coordinator is responsible for clinical screening and coordination for patients seeking on-site assessment; coordinating the exchange of information between admissions department and treatment programs within Walden’s continuum; and communicating with patients, families and professionals to help identify appropriate levels of care.

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Walden Center Plans Second Annual Conference on Advances in Treatment of Eating Disorders

National Experts on Eating Disorders will be in Waltham to Discuss the Latest Advances for Treating Eating Disorders Walden Center for Education and Research announced today that it will hold its second annual day-long conference, “Advances in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: Integrating Research with Clinical Practice,” from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 at the LaCava Center, Bentley College, 175 Forest St.

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Greenblatt: Why Dieting Doesn’t Work

The diet industry is a big business. Imagine if someone discovered a diet that worked and America addressed its weight problem. We wouldn’t need diet books, diet websites, diet pills or diet foods. Diet media would be out of business, while scores of lifestyle magazines, websites and TV shows would take a major financial hit.

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Children As Young As Ten Battling Eating Disorders

Thousands of Connecticut adults and children – some as young as 10 – struggle with eating disorders with many suffering secretly because the life-threatening psychiatric condition has gone undiagnosed and untreated, experts in the field report.

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Anorexia: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Anorexia Nervosa involves an extreme obsession with limiting food intake and weight that can end up taking over a person’s life. It is defined as a perceived intense need to drastically limit food intake to produce weight loss.

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Ask The Expert: How Can I Control My Appetite

Traditional treatment approaches for weight management and binge eating have failed, because our culture and beliefs about food have prevented us from recognizing the biochemistry at the foundation of disordered eating. Food addictions cannot be resolved by willpower alone. It is only by understanding the complex physiological phenomenon of appetite and the genetic, emotional and nutritional factors controlling it that a solution becomes possible.

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One By One

One By One

(a chapter from Telling Ed No! by Cheryl Kerrigan©) When it became clear to me that I would need to stop all Ed-based…

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Food Freedom

Food Freedom

I was with some friends and their kids this weekend and we were cooking and making various types of food.  I love being…

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Walden Plans Conference on Eating Disorders

Walden Behavioral Care LLC, a Waltham-based hospital specializing in the treatment of eating and psychiatric disorders, will hold a day-long conference, “Advances in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: Integrating Research with Clinical Practice,” from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the LaCava Center, Bentley College, 75 Forest St., Waltham.

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Walden Conference On Advances in Treatment of Eating Disorders

Walden Center for Education and Research will hold its second annual day-long conference, “Advances in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: Integrating Research with Clinical Practice.” Featured speakers will include Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., FAED; James Greenblatt, M.D.; Rebecka Peebles, M.D. and Christina Wood Baker, Ph.D.

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Genetics and Overeating

Thanks to individual genetic makeup, each person is anatomically and biochemically unique, with his or her own way of responding to the environment. This uniqueness frames the way each of us perceives and interacts with the world. For instance, when a family sits down to enjoy dinner, each member tastes a different dinner, because of the unique distribution of taste receptors in the tongue.

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Stop Dieting and Enjoy Food Again by Learning Mindful Eating

Despite marketing and media hype, diets and diet products are ineffective and not sustainable in the long-term. Trying to control diet with a regimented food plan, counting calories, under-eating or skipping meals increases food cravings and obsessive thoughts about food. Addressing your body’s unique needs, optimizing nutritional status, and stabilizing blood sugar levels can help you establish appetite control.

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Support List

Support List

(a chapter from Telling Ed No! by Cheryl Kerrigan©) Inevitably, there were some days when stress would strike, Ed’s voice would be loud,…

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Has Your Appetite Gone Wild?

Has Your Appetite Gone Wild?

PsychologyToday                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            May21st                                                                                                                                                                                      Dr. James Greenblatt, M.D. You might have thought appetite could be conquered through willpower and discipline, but science is now revealing that it is not…

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Are You Addicted to Food? 7 Questions to Ask Yourself

Are You Addicted to Food? 7 Questions to Ask Yourself

PsychologyToday                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            May14th                                                                                                                                                                                      Dr. James Greenblatt, M.D. Psychiatry determines whether a person is dependent on alcohol or another drug by asking patients seven basic…

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Starving For Love

Starving For Love

People who struggle with compulsive eating or bingeing often ask why they eat when they’re upset.  One woman lamented, “Why can’t I just…

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Is Appetite Genetic?

Is Appetite Genetic?

Psychology Today May 5th Dr. James Greenblatt, M.D. Thanks to individual genetic makeup, each person is anatomically and biochemically unique, with his or…

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Individualized Care

Individualized Care

At Walden Behavioral Care LLC, the entire team takes great pride in offering Individualized Care. Speaking from experience as the parent of an…

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Massage

Massage

(a chapter from Telling Ed No! by Cheryl Kerrigan©) Lying naked on a table while someone rubs you down is a luxury for…

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Answers to Appetite Control

Up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S. Jim Greenblatt, Chief Medical Officer of Walden Behavioral Care and author of a new book, “Answers to Appetite Control,” talks about the struggles with eating and also different questions viewers on Facebook have about eating disorders.

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Ana

Ana

**In this poem, the name “Ana” is short for the mental disease; Anorexia Nervosa   I know a girl named Ana At first…

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Understanding Eating Disorders in the Arab World

In a world where you are often judged by the way you look rather than who you really are, it’s not uncommon for a person to go through extraordinary lengths to fit it. In order to measure up to the “ideal” female body manufactured by advertising agencies, a shocking number of women have turned to extreme dieting and develop eating disorders at the expense of their physical and psychological well being. Like other psychological disorders in the Middle East, eating disorders are often swept under the rug and people rarely talk about the issue. Yet they’re a growing epidemic in the region.

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Feelings Box

Feelings Box

(a chapter from Telling Ed No! by Cheryl Kerrigan©) When I was struggling with Ed, I was often numb to my emotions. But…

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Don’t Doubt It

Don’t Doubt It

When we are in recovery, no matter which stage of it, it is important to have an attitude of positivity and strength. At…

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Honesty

Honesty

(a chapter from Telling Ed No! by Cheryl Kerrigan©) As the holidays approached, life became hectic, and I was stressed out at work….

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Lent An Excuse, Challenge For Anorexics

FOR THE six weeks of Lent, I joined a friend in fasting once a week, and a Pooh-like growling tummy sent me to the Internet for tips. There, I fell into a rabbit hole, one occupied by anorexic teens. It turns out that while for Christians, Lent is a solemn season of penitence and abstention, something to be endured — has it only been four weeks? — for those with eating disorders, it’s a welcome cover that can’t last long enough.

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Extreme Weight Loss: Media’s Misplaced Message

Thin is in. Or so various media sources would have the general public believe. Magazines, newspapers and now reality shows are promoting the message that excessive dieting and exercise regimens can help achieve unrealistic body images. While some individuals may experience weight loss, what is the ultimate price?

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Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy

(a chapter from Telling Ed No! by Cheryl Kerrigan©) While I was in treatment, I participated in yoga classes every week to learn…

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Recovery Poster

Recovery Poster

RECOVERY POSTER (a chapter from Telling Ed No! by Cheryl Kerrigan©) Recovery was tiring work, and at times I got depressed. To help…

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SELF-CARE

SELF-CARE

(a chapter from Telling Ed No! by Cheryl Kerrigan©) My support team was persistent, though. So with their help I finally decided to…

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Brave

Brave

Brave: Having or showing the ability to do something that is difficult or dangerous. Having or showing the mental or moral strength to…

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Active Minds Hosts Eating Disorder Panel

To raise awareness about eating disorders during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, the University of Massachusetts club Active Minds held a panel discussion about eating disorders and how to beat them on Tuesday night.

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Athletes Are More Susceptible To Eating Disorders: Get Help Now

You would think that professional athletes, who need to be in near-perfect shape to compete, would be the last people to have an eating disorder.

Yet athletes – both men and women – may be two to three times more likely to have an eating disorder than the average person, according to a 1999 study of college athletes by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. A 2004 study of top athletes in Norway reached a similar conclusion, finding that 13.5% of athletes surveyed had an eating disorder, compared with 4.6% of the control group.

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Patient Perspective: Jenna V.

I think it’s important to understand that I didn’t plan to have an eating disorder. When my eating disorder took over my life, I didn’t consciously think about the ways I could deceive my family or my friends.

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Provider Perspective: Sam L.

“I’ve never told anyone this before.” I hear this phrase on a weekly basis. I’ve had the honor, and it truly is an honor, to be on the other end of the phone line when a person calls to make their first appointment to receive help.

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Sibling Perspective: Anna D.

I remember the day my sister confided in me. “Sarah, I am bulimic.” It was so hard for her to say those four words to me. The crazy thing was that I already knew. I shared a room with my sister and recognized some of the warning signs – food hidden under the bed, extra bathroom breaks after meals, and sometimes she would ask me to feel for her heartbeat, worried it was skipping.

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Meditation

Meditation

(A Chapter from Telling Ed No! by Cheryl Kerrigan©) Many people had suggested meditation to me, but the thought of trying to sit…

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Patient Research

Patient Research

We believe that better data can help experts determine what treatments are effective, understand more about the causes of eating disorders and develop…

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Educational Resources

Educational Resources

Recovery requires a community of support. Resources are available that can help those with eating disorders, their families, and mental health professionals get…

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Connect With Supports

Connect With Supports

(a chapter from Telling Ed No! by Cheryl Kerrigan©) After leaving residential treatment I stayed in touch with the friends I had made…

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Sit On Your Hands

Sit On Your Hands

(a chapter from Telling Ed No! by Cheryl Kerrigan©) I was told early on that recovery is not a straight line, that it…

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Hold Ice

Hold Ice

(a chapter from Telling Ed No! by Cheryl Kerrigan©) My stress level was high at the office and I was on edge. Dur­ing…

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Advice For Parents To Help Their Child Who Binge Eats

Approximately two million Americans struggle with binge-eating disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The NIMH found that one in five young women report that they have struggled with binge eating, while males account for about 40% of those who report binge-eating behavior.

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BMI Report Cards Drawing Mixed Reviews

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than one-third of children and adolescents in the United States are considered overweight or obese, a condition that can lead to asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes and other physical illnesses.

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Finding Her Niche

A 2010 graduate of Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Sociology, Kathryn Clover always knew that she wanted a future in social work. Yet it was at Simmons that Clover realized her specialized interest in working with adults and adolescents with eating disorders.

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Curve Balls

Curve Balls

One day life can seem great and the next day you are faced with difficulties. These feelings and life’s curve balls can happen…

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Fear of Being Not Full

If you were afraid of the dark you might use a night light. A fear of heights might stop you from trying out the newest roller coaster. But what happens if you are afraid of not feeling full? Many people with compulsive eating or Binge Eating Disorder (BED) experience this fear.

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Patience

Patience

(a chapter from Telling Ed No! by Cheryl Kerrigan©) While in recovery, “Are you better yet?” was a feeling, a wish, an expectation…

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Walden Announces Eating Disorder Prevention Program For Schools

Walden Behavioral Care, LLC, one of the country’s leading hospitals for treating eating disorders, today announced the introduction of the School-Based Eating Disorder Prevention Program for public and private middle schools and high schools.  The program is one of the first programs of its kind.

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Meal Planning

Meal Planning

(a chapter from Telling Ed No! by Cheryl Kerrigan©) The thought of food brought me so much anxiety and fear that I was…

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You Don’t Have To Suffer With OCD

You wash your hands so often that they’re red and raw. Perhaps you repeatedly rearrange the food in your kitchen cabinets so that all items are facing a certain way.

Or you may check over and over again to make sure that your front door is locked. Perhaps you hoard newspapers and other everyday objects until your house is filled with junk—or count to yourself whenever you drive through a stoplight.

If you or someone you know experiences these or similar symptoms, it could be a red flag for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

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Swallow Up

Swallow Up

(a chapter from Telling Ed No! by Cheryl Kerrigan©) One of my biggest challenges was that after each meal, my mind would go…

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Waltham Organization To Host Eating Disorder Conference at Bentley

Walden Behavioral Care, LLC, one of the country’s leading hospitals for treating eating disorders, announced that it will hold a day-long conference, “Advances in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: Integrating Research with Clinical Practice,” from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, at the LaCava Center, Bentley University, 175 Forest St.

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A Snap On The Wrist

A Snap On The Wrist

(a chapter from Telling Ed No! by Cheryl Kerrigan©) Often, during my days in recovery, I would be plagued by thoughts that would…

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Fat and Thin Find Common Ground

When binge eating disorder gained legitimacy as a full-fledged mental condition in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in May, many people in the eating disorders and obesity communities wondered: Will this inspire us to finally get along?

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Anxiety In Your Head Could Come From Your Gut

Dr. James Greenblatt, a Boston-area psychiatrist, had a puzzling case: a teenager arrived in his office with severe obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and an array of digestive problems.

“Mary’s parents had been running around for many years and she’d had a poor response to medicine,” said Greenblatt, founder of Comprehensive Psychiatric Resources Inc. in Waltham, Mass. “When a patient doesn’t respond, that’s a red flag.”

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Bulimia And Athletes

Bulimia And Athletes

By Stuart Koman, PhD  and Gail Hanson-Mayer, APRN Among athletes in general, bulimia is the most common eating disorder. Of course, it depends…

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JOURNALING

JOURNALING

(a chapter from Telling Ed No! by Cheryl Kerrigan©) When I was a little girl, I got a small brown diary with a…

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How Disordered Eating Harms Your Body

Starving and bingeing and purging may start as misguided attempts at weight loss, but they lead to serious health problems. Read on to learn how anorexia, bulimia and other disordered eating problems can hurt the body…

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Olympic Hope

Olympic Hope

Tell me about struggle, and I will tell that at every moment, of every day, the Olympic torch flickers somewhere.  It has been…

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Team Uncomfortable

Team Uncomfortable

Uncomfortable, finds me in so many places.  It weaves its wiggly ways into so many parts of my day, so many experiences, piggybacking…

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Victorious 15%

Victorious 15%

The other day I had an event for work.  Events always feel reminiscent of athletic competitions for me.   They are a lot of…

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Conference Will Address Disordered Eating

Eating disorders can occur at any time of life. To educate professionals further on this disorder within all age groups, Walden Behavioral Care, LLC, and Eastern Connecticut Health Network will sponsor a free conference, “Disordered Eating Across the Lifespan.” on Thursday, April 25th in South Windsor.

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What Is Recovery?

What Is Recovery?

What Is Recovery?  I started trying to answer this question more than two years ago.  I came up with some phrases and patched…

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Pro-ana Web Sites Pose Risks

Type “thinspiration” into Google’s blog search: 320,000 results appear. The phrase appears over images of bone-thin women posted on Pinterest, Tumblr, Youtube and other platforms offering encouragement to be ultra thin. These easily accessible pro-anorexia or pro-ana Web sites pose serious risks to young people with eating disorders, a United Kingdom review finds.

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Bulimia: The Secret Disease

While bulimia is not as apparent as other eating disorders, medical professionals can learn to diagnose the disease fairly quickly. Typically, the first medical professional to know when a person has bulimia is the patient’s dentist, because of the impact of purging on a person’s teeth.

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Kelly’s Story: Coping with Recurrent Depression

Kelly LeGendre didn’t want to be different from the other kids she knew. Though she had many friends in school, she still struggled with feeling alienated from her peers. Kelly remembers feeling apathetic, lacking energy, having difficulty concentrating, and generally being melancholy, all common symptoms of depression. Kelly’s mom encouraged her to speak to a therapist, but knowing that would mean admitting something was wrong, Kelly resisted.

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Is This LOVE That I’m Feeling?

“People with bipolar disorder are entitled to the human experiences that anybody else could have – like falling in love,” says Walden Behavioral Care’s David H. Brendel, MD, PhD. “However, both vulnerability to bipolar disorder and falling in love – when they conspire and happen at the same time – can produce a complex picture.”

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A Recovery Resolution

A Recovery Resolution

When the new year approaches, everyone talks about resolutions and what they are going to change or improve on.  Whether it is getting…

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Setting the Stage for Your Child’s ED Recovery

Setting the Stage for Your Child’s ED Recovery

“How do I do this?” This is one of the most frequently asked questions at the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Parents realize the severity of eating disorders, they’ve researched effective treatments and now they want to know what they can say or do to help their adolescent.

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Welcome to Recovery Reflections

Welcome to Recovery Reflections

My distorted thoughts began when I was five and my eating disorder (Ed) stayed with me until age 37. Ed was by my side every day telling me what to do, how to do it, what to eat, what not to eat, where to go, what to say and so much more. Today, I am finally free.

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The Pro-Recovery Approach to Dining Halls

The Pro-Recovery Approach to Dining Halls

If you have or are recovering from an eating disorder one place you may not be looking forward to visiting is the college dining hall. But, if you follow these five tips you can start enjoying your dining college’s cafeteria.

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Binge Eating Disorder

Jennifer Smith, LICSW, director of the Walden Behavioral Care clinic in Northampton and Registered Dietician Kelly Stellatto, MS, RD, LDN, will discuss binge-eating,…

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New Clinic in South Windsor Treats Eating Disorders

Jennifer Smith, the director of outpatient programs, said that the South Windsor clinic is Walden’s fourth satellite program and first of its kind in Connecticut. The South Windsor clinic offers several outpatient programs for adults and adolescents.

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Out of Control: Eating Disorders Among Athletes

It began with a diet, undertaken in an attempt to turn the tide of a growing dissatisfaction with her body. She thought she was being healthy – counting calories, weighing her food on a Weight Watchers scale. But, then it evolved into something different…

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The Hidden Health Crisis on Campus: Eating Disorders

Fewer than 50,000 cases of H1N1 were reported last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, yet this potentially deadly strain of flu was treated as a national emergency. In contrast, millions of college students have eating disorders, yet most of them receive little or no medical attention or psychological intervention.

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Walden Offers Continuum of Eating Disorders Treatment

Urban Outfitters and Walden Behavioral Health Care Clinic are unlikely building mates. While one is a perpetuator of the thin, hipster-chic body image that dominates the fashion world, the other addresses a reality often related to this image, an issue with which most young women have dealt either directly or indirectly in their lives by the time they graduate from college.

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Colleges Draw New Office to Worcester

All anyone has to do is glance at the cover of any number of magazines to see that the Western World is obsessed with beauty, glamour and sex appeal. Unfortunately the message is often sent that nothing less than perfection will do…

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Whole Health Approach

Whole Health Approach

Eating disorders and psychiatric disorders are complex, and co-occurring disorders are common. Successful treatment requires a combination of medical, nutritional, behavioral and psychiatric…

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Living with Eating Disorders

The nation was shocked by the sudden death of Karen Carpenter in February 1983. She was 32 years young, beautiful and talented with such promise, but she also had a painful secret that ultimately stole her life.

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‘Everybody knows somebody': College students affected by eating disorders

“Everybody knows somebody” is the National Eating Disorder Association’s slogan for National Eating Disorders Awareness week, which ran earlier this month. It’s a slogan that rings true for students as one in five college students are said to suffer from some type of an eating disorder, according to eating disorder service provider Walden Behavioral Care.

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Binge Eating Disorder Rates Climb on College Campuses

Termed the “new” eating disorder, binge eating has risen in prevalence over the past couple of years, quickly becoming the most common eating disorder among the general population. College students in particular are disproportionally affected by binge eating disorder.

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