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My Journey to the Starting Line

Dear Eating Disorder Treatment Community, IAEDP board and colleagues,   I am a HAES-aligned, eating disorder informed & sensitive fitness professional, and am proud to announce that I am newly certified through IAEDP as a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS). My passion and focus over my career, has been to create safe and supportive fitness … Read More

How Families can Support Their Loved Ones While Integrating Exercise into ED Treatment by Amanda Tierney

Hello Sport Parents, let me introduce myself, I am Amanda Schlitzer Tierney, MS, CSCS. I am the eating disorder & health at every size (HAES) informed and sensitive fitness professional at The Victory Program at McCallum Place and Owner/Founder of Discovering Balance: Fitness Coaching and Support. I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) … Read More

Education in a Treatment Setting

How does education continue in a non-traditional school setting like a treatment center? This is a question that is often posed by parents when considering residential treatment for their loved ones. At McCallum Place, we have been doing our own form of distance learning long before it became the norm in 2020. One of the … Read More

The Use of Feeding Tubes as a Tool to Recovery

An essential component of eating disorder treatment consists of adequately restoring the nutritional needs of each individual, ensuring sufficient nourishment to stimulate and support the healing process. It is very difficult for an individual in a malnourished state to think clearly and fully participate in all the modalities of treatment. Typically, oral feeding is the preferred … Read More

The Support Group Experience

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to join an eating disorder support group? After many years of hosting support groups for eating disorders, we wanted to address some of the common questions that come up for individuals who are considering joining a support group, and share a little about the support group … Read More

Healing Self Judgment with Improvisation

Written by Rachel Makorsky, LCSW, Therapist at McCallum Place Austin Many of us have experienced self-judgment and self-critical thinking. It does not feel good. For clients suffering from an eating disorder, self-judgment can be a common challenge. Currently at McCallum Place Austin, we facilitate an innovative group called “Therapeutic Improvisation.” The rules, skills and lessons … Read More

Cardiovascular Complications of Eating Disorders

Cardiovascular complications of eating disorders are common and can be very serious.  They may present with chest pain.  It is important to determine if this symptom is coming from the heart or from another cause such as gastroesophageal reflux, muscular strain or anxiety.  As patients with anorexia lose weight, they lose muscle mass, both of … Read More