The Food Addiction Institute is an educational institution. Our priority is to reach out to healthcare and allied health providers who serve patients or clients who are or may be addicted to one or more foods or to the process of eating. We provide up to date information about initial screening, diagnosis and treatment. We also disseminate information at our website and in other forums directly to those afflicted with food addiction. We refer them to sources of information, support and appropriate professional assistance.

Professional Training Opportunities

UMASS Department of Psychiatry2nd Annual Food Addiction Conference

October 16 & 17, 2015
Worcester, MA

Focus GroupThe UMass Department of Psychiatry and the Food Addiction Institute have announced that they are jointly sponsoring a 2nd Annual Food Addiction Conference: “A Toolkit for Physicians, Dietitians, Therapists and Other Health Professionals” which will be held on Friday, October 16, 2015 at the UMass Medical School. This year’s focus will be on the practical details of screening, diagnosis and treating food addiction. Professionals will walk away with methods and resources needed to support patients and clients struggling with this condition.

TeamworkA companion event, a “Be Mentally Well” Symposium: “Trouble with Food? Sorting it Out with a Focus on Recovery” will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the UMass Medical School. This 1-day symposium is for anyone struggling with food issues, their family members and the professionals that work with them directly.Find details about both at: www.umassmed.edu/psychiatry/food-addiction-conference/

FAI/ACORN Food Addiction Three Day Professional Training

October 9 – 11, 2015
Bradenton, FL

TrainingThe October, 2015 Food Addiction Three Day Professional Training workshop, part of the ongoing FAI/ACORN Food Addiction Professional Training Program (FAPTP), is exclusively for those currently enrolled in the Training Program. (Those considering the FAPTP may participate, with approval.)This workshop will include an in depth assessment of competency development, to date, and a carefully considered look at next steps. A draft of the new textbook, Food Addiction Treatment, by Phil Werdell, will be introduced and distributed. There will be time for work on personal recovery issues. And the workshop will be capped off with a discussion of how our personal and professional work relates to the broader FAI mission of ‘healing all food addicts.’
Register at: http://foodaddiction.com/programs/registration

FAI’s Vision

  1. Help identify and expand knowledge about food addiction.
  2. Provide professional and public education about food addiction as a treatable chemical dependency to physicians, dieticians, therapists, counselors and allied health professionals, internationally.
  3. Offer information about promising new practices for the treatment of food addiction.
  4. Supply resources for those who may be food addicted.
  5. Create a forum for the development and dissemination of innovative and effective public health strategies related to the prevention, mitigation and treatment of food addiction.

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This website is designed to be helpful to health professionals. Research scientists, journalists, and those who are or might be food addicted may also find it helpful. If you are looking for information about food addiction for yourself, go to the section titled “For Food Addicts,” above.