Join us for our 2017 Conference & Gala

Please join Eating Disorders Recovery Support (EDRS) for an exciting weekend filled with celebration and surprises. The weekend will kick off Friday, February 3, 2017, with our Inaugural Hall of Fame Gala honoring and celebrating the “Gems" in our field. Followed on Saturday, February 4, 2017, with a day-long conference, Unveiling Innovative Approaches in Eating Disorder Treatment will focus on in-depth workshops featuring topics such as Temperament-Based Therapy, Mentalized-Based and Attachment Approaches and Nutritional Perspectives. The conference will conclude with a screening of The Illusionists: a film about the globalization of beauty on Saturday evening from 5:30pm - 7:00pm. All events will be hosted at the Marin Four-Points Sheraton in San Rafael.

Unveiling Extraordinary “Gems” in the Eating Disorder Field Benefit Gala: This masquerade themed benefit gala will celebrate and honor the commitment and dedication of those key California professionals whose efforts reflect an outstanding contribution to the eating disorder field or have gone “above and beyond’ to make a difference through their substantial support of the goals and ideals in eating disorder recovery. The evening will begin with a reception followed by dinner and the award ceremony. The night will be topped off with a live band and dancing!

The EDRS Board of Trustees will select recipients in the following categories based on nominations submitted by you:

  • ~ Medical ~
  • ~ Psychotherapy ~
  • ~ Nutrition ~
  • ~ Research ~
  • ~ Advocacy ~

Nominations will close December 6, 2016 Please click here to make your nomination.

Schedule At-A-Glance

Benefit Gala

Date: Friday, February 3, 2017
6pm-7pm: Reception
7pm-9pm: Dinner and Awards
9pm-11pm: Live music and dancing

2017 Conference

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Film Screening of The Illusionists

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

*All events will be hosted at Marin Four-Points By Sheraton, 1010 Northgate Drive, San Rafael, CA

Conference: Unveiling Innovative Approaches in Eating Disorder Treatment
7.5 CEUs are available for this conference

2017 Conference Full Schedule

8:30 - 9:00am Registration

9:00 - 9:30am Opening Remarks

9:30 - 10:30am Keynote: Coming Home to Ourselves: Addressing Marginalized People in Eating Disorder Treatment

Melissa-Irene Jackson, BS
Eating Disorder & LGBT Writer and Activist
Marcella Raimondo, PhD, MPH
Psychologist, Trainer, Consultant

10:45 - 12:45pm Workshop #1: Temperament-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders: From Research to Practice presented by Walter Kaye, MD, Erin Parks, PhD, Stephanie Knatz, PhD, UCSD Eating Disorder Program

12:45 - 2:00pm Luncheon

2:00 - 5:00pm
Concurrent Workshop #2:
Mentalization-Based Therapy: Attachment, Object Constancy, & Development of the Self by Jeffrey Mar, MD

Concurrent Workshop #3:
Outside the Box: Innovative Strategies, Collaborative Tools and Merging Roles in Today’s Eating Disorder Treatment by Sondra Kronberg, MS, RD, CEDRD

5:00pm Conference Adjourns

Film Screening of The Illusionists

The Illusionists: a film about the globalization of beauty.

This documentary examines how global advertising firms, mass media conglomerates, and the beauty, fashion and cosmetic surgery industries are changing the way people around the world define beauty and see themselves. These industries saturate our lives with narrow, Westernized consumer-driven images of beauty that show little to no respect for biological realities or cultural differences. Featuring interviews with prominent sociologists, politicians, magazine editors, scientist and activists in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, The Illusionists explores the impact of a commercial culture, targeting children, women and men throughout the world, that thrives on the creation and exploitation of insecurity and self-loathing to promote consumerism. These effects contribute to the risk factors for the development of an eating disorder or disordered eating. A Question and Answer panel led by two eating disorder experts will follow the showing of the film. Sponsored by The Renew Center.

The Illusionists is a documentary film about the marketing of beauty. Sex sells! What sells even more? Insecurity. Multi-billion dollar industries saturate our lives with images of unattainable beauty, exporting body hatred from New York to Beirut to Tokyo. Their target? Women, and increasingly men and children. The Illusionists turns the mirror on media, exposing the absurd, sometimes humorous and shocking images that seek to enslave us. Q & A segment will follow. Sponsored by The Renfrew Center.

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017

5:30pm - 5:40pm Overview and history of the documentary
5:40pm - 6:30pm Showing of the documentary
6:30pm - 7pm Commentary by panel experts and Question & Answer period

2017 EDRS Event Pricing


$100 per ticket

Conference & Film:

Before January 6th: $160
After January 6th: $180
Student/Intern: $60
*$25 for CEU


$20 at the door for those not attending the conference

This is a fundraiser event and all proceeds will go to EDRS treatment and prevention scholarship fund.

We hope to see you there!

The EDRS Board

Special Thanks to Our 2017 Conference & Gala Sponsors

There is still time to be part of our fundraising event! Sign up to become a sponsor.

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

The Gala Is Proudly Sponsored By

Conference Exhibitors

Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc. is a Bay Area based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting community awareness of eating disorders, professional education and collaboration, and providing treatment scholarships to individuals that need financial assistance for treatment. If you would like to apply for a treatment scholarship, please see our Treatment Fund page. If you are interested in contributing a tax-deductible donation to support EDRS’ outreach and scholarship efforts, please go to our Donors page.

Why a Collaborative Event

Dear Friends of EDRS,

As many of you know, over the last 10 years, EDRS has grown by leaps and bounds. Our conferences have evolved from local gatherings to nationally recognized events.

As a volunteer working board, despite our dedication to our annual conference, we have had to reassess our ability to promote and take on the number of tasks a conference of this magnitude requires. As a result, the Board has decided that we will shift from large-scale conferences to smaller educational and community outreach events during the coming year. We are very excited about this new direction.

Our goal is to provide ongoing education, as well as opportunities for professional collaboration and outreach, in order to better address the needs of our local and regional communities.

We hope to create opportunities to collaborate as a community and welcome your input and participation as we chart this new direction. We invite anyone who is interested in becoming involved with EDRS to join our various Board Committees.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and our Advisory Board, I would like to invite you to our upcoming Fundraising Gala and a full day Conference on February 3-4, 2017. We are also excited about plans to return to our full-scale annual conference in 2018!

Hope you can join us at our upcoming events,

Haleh Kashani, PhD

EDRS President

Register for Events: We will be opening registration for our upcoming 2017 Conference and Gala. To receive an email notification when registration is available, please submit your information in the contact form below.

For live event updates, visit our Facebook Event.

For more information, contact Dr. Kashani at:

EDRS, Inc.

c/o Haleh Kashani
EDRS, Inc. President
911 Lakeville Street, Suite 217
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 799-2982