Annual Forum for Professionals


About the Forum for Professionals

Target Audience

The 10th Annual Forum for Professionals is designed for the following disciplines: addiction counselors, dietitians, exercise physiologists, graduate students in applicable fields (master's and doctoral level), licensed professional counselors, mental health providers, pediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, public health officials, school/college counselors and social workers.

The purpose of The Annual Forum for Professionals is twofold: 1) to offer continuing education to professionals in the field and 2) to foster a collaborative networking experience for professionals and/or graduate-level students interested in the treatment of eating disorders and related concerns. 

Nearby Lodging in Downtown Nashville 

This year's Annual Forum will be held in Nashville's brand new convention center (opened in Spring 2013)!! Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, there are dozens of lodging and dining options within walking distance of the convention center. We have secured a block of hotel rooms at the downtown Hampton Inn (310 4th Avenue South). Sign up by September 9th through our Hampton Inn Group Page to receive a discounted rate on your hotel room. Use group name "Eating Disorders Coalition" and Group Code "EDC" to reserve a room. The convention center is a short walk from the Hampton Inn!

An Award-Winning Event...

The Annual Forum for Professionals was recognized in 2006 as a “Salute to Excellence” Award winner by the Center for Nonprofit Management for outstanding nonprofit achievement (award pictured at right).

...Produced by a Unique Organization

Founded in 2002, Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee (EDCT) is the Southeast’s first statewide nonprofit to advance eating disorder awareness, education and prevention. Our mission is to offer hope, help and support to all who are impacted by disordered eating.

2013 Annual Forum Schedule

Note that all events take place at the Music City Center.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

5:00 PM - Registration/Welcome Reception 

5:30 - 6:30 PM - Group Ethics Session (1 CEU)

Friday, October  25, 2013

7:15 - 8:00 AM - Breakfast 

8:15 - 10:15 AM - Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ovidio Bermudez

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Breakout Session #1: Margaret Nagib - "Spirituality and Eating Disorders" or Ralph Carson - "Why Do I 'Feel Fat'? The Neuroscientific Explanation and the Therapeutic Solution to a Distorted Body Image"

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Lunch Break

1:00 - 2:30 PM - Breakout Session #2: Stephanie Diamond/Karin Lawson - "Finding Self-Compassion: A Transformative Journey to Recovery" or James Gerber - "Rethinking Family Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment: Strengthening the Self Through Building the Capacity to Relate"

2:45 - 4:15 PM - Breakout Session #3: Mary Bartlett/Nicole Siegfried - "Finding the Strength Within: Building Resilience in Treatment of Eating Disorders and Related Conditions" or Wendy Oliver-Pyatt - "Recipe for Recovery: Healing the Shame/Trauma Binge Eating Cycle Using Principles of Mindful Eating, Self-Psychology, and Acceptance"

4:30 - 5:00 PM - Closing

 2013 Sponsors

 Many thanks to our sponsors for your generous support. You make the Annual Forum possible!


  Oliver-Pyatt Centers - Miami, Florida


 Eating Recovery Center - Denver, Colorado

  FitRx - Brentwood, Tennessee

  Sovereign Health Group - San Clemente, California


ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders - Denver, Colorado

Castlewood Treatment Centers - St. Louis, Missouri

Center for Change - Orem, Utah

Center for Discovery - Los Alamitos, California

Integrative Life Center - Nashville, Tennessee

Focus Treatment Centers - Chattanooga, Tennessee

McCallum Place - St. Louis, Missouri

Ridgeview Institute - Smyrna, Georgia

Rogers Memorial Hospital - Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Scales Nutrition and Wellness Center - Nashville, Tennessee

The Ranch - Nunnelly, Tennessee

The Renfrew Center - Brentwood, Tennessee

Timberline Knolls - Lemont, Illinois