Eating Disorder Hope Online Conference II:
Anorexia Hope & Healing in 2018
“International Overview of Anorexia Nervosa & Co-Occurring Issues”
Topic – Anorexia Nervosa & The Forsaken Body
Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, F.iaedp, is Vice President, Professional Development, The Renfrew Center Foundation, and has served as senior staff for more than 27 years. Ms. Ressler attended the University of Michigan and served as faculty in the School of Education.
A body image specialist, her trainings reflect her background in body-focused methods to treat eating disorders and body image. She is Co-Chair of the Somatic and Somatically Oriented Therapies SIG of the Academy of Eating Disorders and an Advisory Board member of Eating Disorders Recovery and Support in Petaluma, CA. A Fellow and past President of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, she presently chairs iaedp’s Senior Advisory Board.
In 2016, Adrienne was selected as the inaugural recipient of Eating Disorder Hope’s Seal of Excellence award for her “empowering work as a body image specialist.” She is published in Social Work Today and Pulse, the journal of the International Spa Association, and author of chapters on the use of experiential therapies for eating disorders in two textbooks, Effective Clinical Practice in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: The Heart of the Matter, and Treatment of Eating of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research-Practice Gap. Her work has also been included in the first Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance. A frequent contributor to popular media, she has appeared on the TODAY show and Good Morning America Sunday.
Video – August 18, 2016:
Back to School and Body Comparison
Interview with Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, F.iaedp
My pathway to working in the field was definitely not in a straight line or planned out in any way. I was in a combined program of Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan and received my MA in education for emotionally disturbed children. My first job out of college was as a teacher with adolescent patients at the U of Michigan Children’s Psychiatric Hospital where I attended rounds daily and participated in the training of psychiatric residents.
Let’s Talk Body Image
Thinness has become a symbol of power, moral superiority and even a measure of fitness/wellness itself. Unfortunately, few of us have peace of mind when it comes to our bodies and our appearance.
No one is immune to the ever-changing cultural beauty standards and the ever-present pressures to be thin. Many women cling to the belief that their lives will be magically transformed when their goal weight or dress size has been reached.
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I have served as senior staff for 25 years. I attended the University of Michigan where I served as faculty in the School of Education. A body image specialist, I am a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders and serve as co-chairperson of the Somatic and Somatically Oriented Therapies SIG. I am also a fellow and past president of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp).