FAI / ACORN Food Addiction Professional Training
ACORN Food Dependency & Recovery Services administers the Food Addiction Professional Training. This is a three-year experiential program focused on learning food addiction recovery from the inside-out, assisting experienced food addiction professionals, and developing ways to make a unique contribution to food addicts and the field of food addiction.
Two residential intensives with other professional trainees each year; a weekly recovery and professional support meeting by phone; two years of stable recovery in food (one year before assisting and two years before certification); completion of a detailed history of personal powerless over food or another addiction; and thirty days of supervised assistance and completion of a professional competence demonstration.
The Food Addiction Professional Training program began when a graduate student in addiction studies (Delores Proto) was searching for an internship in food addiction. She had done a previous practicum for alcoholism and drug addiction in a hospital-based chemical dependency treatment center, but there were no such programs for food addiction. Since ACORN’s Primary Intensive© was developed to offer the experience of residential recovery from food addiction, she asked if she could do an internship using ACORN’s Primary Intensive©. As a result, a training program was developed. This program follows the philosophy of staff training at Glenbeigh Psychiatric Hospital’s residential eating disorder and food addiction treatment program. The trainees participate in the program first as clients, second as assistants to experienced staff members, and then as co-professionals while demonstrating their professional competency working to work on their own. Delores Proto, MA, underwent this program over a three-year period, and became its first certified graduate. She went on to develop her own private practice, Gladness Recovery House, and her own creative contributions to the field of food addiction.
There are three year-long segments to the training:
Phase One: 2 intensives; weekly support call; a year of food abstinence; work on unresolved mental, emotional and spiritual issues; complete a detailed description of powerlessness over food or another addiction.
Phase Two: 2 intensives; weekly support call; two years of stable food abstinence; 12 papers relating to food addiction theory to practice; ongoing recovery work as needed; and 30 days assisting a food addiction professional.
Phase Three: 2 intensives; weekly support call – facilitating for Living in Abstinence and newer members of training; developing and implementing a project that demonstrates unique abilities and competence as a food addiction professional.
Enrollment is on an annual basis. Some take more than a calendar year to complete the requirement of each phase of the program. There is a Living in Abstinence program for those who want to participate in the structured year-long support for their recovery during phase one without planning to necessarily complete the other two phases of the program.
Philip Werdell, MA is the Director of the Professional Food Addiction Training Program.
Teaching Experience: Since 1972, Mr. Werdell has taught counseling, writing, group work, and other human service courses at the undergraduate and graduate level at variety of colleges and universities, including the College for Human Services, Campus-Free College, College of New Rochelle’s School of New Resources, New Hampshire College, Sarasota University, Manatee Community College, and Springfield College.
Professional Experience: Mr. Werdell has worked with over 4000 food addicts at the Glenbeigh Psychiatric Hospital of Tampa’s residential food addiction treatment program; the Rader Institute of Washington’s out-patient eating disorder program; ACORN Food Dependency Recovery Services; and in his private practice.
Publications: Mr. Werdell’s food addiction publications include Beyond Ordinary Eating Disorders: Food Addiction in the IAEDP Clinical Forum; Food Addiction Recovery: A New Model for Professional Support; The ACORN Primary Intensive Handbook; Bariatric Surgery and Food Addiction: Preoperative Considerations; and Physical Craving and Food Addiction: A Scientific Review for FAI.
Education and Honors: BA Yale University, Scholar of the House; President of Torch Honor Society; MA, Beacon College, Human Service and Higher Education; Corning Fellowship; Fulbright Fellowship; post-graduate study at Columbia University, University of South Florida; Certified Food Addiction Counselor, Glenbeigh Psychiatric Hospital of Tampa.
ACORN/FAI Food Addiction Professional Training Program: Box 50126, Sarasota, Florida, 34232; Phone: 941 378 2122; Fax 941 342 7414; www.foodaddiction.com.
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL FOR FOOD ADDICTION COUNSELING AND TREATMENT
About: a 19-week course leading to Certification as an International Food Addiction Counselor (IFAC).
The annual training starts in January and is taught in English. The following is general program information:
• 18 weekly three to four-hour sessions held on Saturdays at 8 am US-EST on Zoom online (Live meeting format, with picture and sound). This is followed with 4 monthly Clinical Supervision sessions for the group.
• an OPTIONAL 5-day ACORN/MFM intensive in Iceland, usually in February.
• Those completing the requirements and examination for INFACT, can apply for a Certificate from NBRCB (NORDIC/BALTIC REGINAL CERIFICATION BOARD) as FAC: FOOD ADDICTION COUNSELOR.
• Graduates from INFACT are already being hired as FACs in a variety of facilities.
• The training is designed for professionals in the health and social sectors. These include addiction counselors, coaches, physical therapists, nutritionists, nurses and physicians, and all others interested in advancing their knowledge in this field.
• Subjects addressed in the training: Basic knowledge of substance and process addiction, specifically overeating and food abuse and dependency. Clinical intake, screening, assessing and setting up individualized treatment plans. Different counseling techniques, food and abstinence programs, trauma, prevention, education, relapse prevention, 12 step-recovery, codependency and the family, ethics and biology.
For more information about the annual program visit the INFACT website: www.infact.is
For Admission/Registration contact the Director of Training
Esther Helga Gudmundsdottir:
Some quotes from students:
• "I found the school a wealth of experience and knowledge on the subject of food addiction".
• "I found most important and great help the lectures from different teachers".
• "I enjoyed the experience and times spent with other students in the study groups, along with the learning in the Saturday lessons".
• "… In addition, the training really enhanced my own recovery from food addiction and overall understanding of the disease of addiction".
• "I found it very interesting to learn a great deal more about and to better understand and appreciate the complexity of counseling and treating food addiction".
Current Teachers: The Teachers are an Interdisciplinary group of Professionals in the field of Food Abuse and Dependency Treatment: Philip Werdell MA, USA, Bitten Jonsson MS, Sweden, Vera Tarman MD, Canada, Marty Lerner, PhD. USA, Theresa Wright, MS USA, Mary Foushi, USA, Esther H. Guðmundsdóttir MSc., Iceland.
Esther Helga Guðmundsdóttir MSc. Master of Managing Healthservices from Iceland. INFACT Program Director:
IC&RC Certified in Addiction Counseling, Clinical Supervision and FAI/ACORN Food Addiction Counseling. Speciality: Sugar/Foodaddiction/Eating Disorders/Codependency/Other Addictions; Love, Work, Debting. Cinical Hypnotherapist Dip.CH., CPTF, ST Cert. Traumabased Regression and Partstherapy for Addictions, Trauma, Stress and Anxiety. INFACT (International Food Abuse Training), director. The MFM Center; Founder and director: Treatment Center for Sugar/Foodabuse. Matarheill (Rightsmovement for Foodaddiction Recovery in Iceland); Chair.
FAI (Food Addiction Institute); Board Member
Philip Werdell, M.A. Director, ACORN Food Addiction Institute, USA.
Director, ACORN Food Addiction Professional Training Program
Philip Werdell, M.A.” Throughout his career, Phil has worked professionally with over 4000 middle and late-stage food addicts. He is a graduate of Yale University with postgraduate work in food addiction. He comes from a 25-year career building innovative liberal arts and graduate programs. As a food addict professional, Phil was lead counselor for the residential food addiction treatment program at Glenbeigh Psychiatric Hospital of Tampa and the outpatient program of Rader Institute of Washington. He is cofounder of ACORN Food Dependency Recovery Services and the Food Addiction Institute, an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to support the healing of all food addicts. Phil is the author of dozens of articles and books including, Food Junkies: The Truth About Food Addiction (w. Dr. Tarman), Food Addiction: Beyond Ordinary Eating Disorders; Physical Craving and Food Addiction: A Review of the Science; Food Addiction Recovery: A New Model of Professional Support; Bariatric Surgery and Food Addiction: Preoperative Considerations.
Marty Lerner, Ph.D. USA.
Dr. Lerner is the founder and CEO of the Milestones in Recovery’s Eating Disorder
Program located in Cooper City, Florida. A graduate of Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Lerner is a licensed and board certified clinical psychologist who has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders since 1980. He has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs that include The NPR Report, 20/20, Discovery Health, and ABC’s Nightline as well authored several publications related to eating disorders in the professional literature, national magazines, and newspapers including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Miami Herald, Orlando and Hollywood Sun Sentinels. An active member of the professional community here in South Florida since finishing his training, Dr. Lerner makes his home in Davie with his wife Michele and daughters Janelle and Danielle and their dog, Reggie.
– American Psychological Association [APA]
– Florida Psychological Association [FPA]
– National Eating Disorders Association [NEDA]
– National Association for Anorexia and Associated Disorders [ANAD]
– Binge Eating Disorders Association [BEDA]
– National Association for Anorexia and Bulimia [ABA]
– Florida Medical Professional Group [FMPG]
– National Association of Cognitive Therapists
– International Association of Eating Disorder Therapists [IADEP]
Prior and Current Affiliations:
– Founder and director of Pathways Eating Disorders Program [1987-1994]
– Clinical Director, Eating Disorders Unit at Glenbeigh Hospital, Miami, Fla. [1988-1990]
– Clinical Director, Eating Disorders Unit at Humana Hospital Biscayne, Miami, Fla. [1982-1987]
– Founder and CEO, Milestones In Recovery’s Eating Disorders Program, Cooper City, Fla. [1999- current]
– Florida Physicians Resource Network [2005-current]
Dr. Vera Tarman MD, M.Sc, FCFP, CASAM, ABAM Diplomate. Canada.
Dr. Vera Tarman has been working in the field of addiction medicine since 1994. She became accredited with the Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) in 2004. She has been the medical director of Renascent since 2006. She is a regular contributor to the call-in TV show Living Clean, Living Well and was cohost on Addictions Unplugged, a community call-in show about addictions.
Although she has spoken on various issues in addiction, her special interest is in the area of food addiction. She is the author of Food Junkies: The Truth about Food Addiction. Dr Tarman has found working at Renascent extremely rewarding, mainly because of its support of an abstinence model of care and its acceptance that the spiritual, as well as medical and psychological dimensions are important for recovery. Dr Tarman and Renascent believe that good care involves treating addiction and fostering a lifelong recovery life plan based on community and peer support. The power is ours!
Bitten Jonsson, R.N., Addiction Specialist, ADDIS/SUGAR Certified
Bitten is a forerunner in this field in Sweden and international lecturer and been on TV and Radio in Sweden, Norway and Finland. Bitten is trained in USA and has worked with all addictions but the last 23 years with sugar/foodaddiction, and using Integrated Functional Medicine and Orthomolecular Medicine together with American Addiction Medicine and Traditional Medicine in a Holistic Addiction Medicine model, She wrote Sockerbomben (Sugarbomb) in 2004 and revised it 2010 and now 2016 .The Sugar Free Cookbook was published 2006 and she is now writing a new cookbook coming 2017. The first book Sugarbomb is very well received and is published in Norway, Denmark, Finland and Germany. Bitten Jonsson is a member of NAATP; National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers in USA, NAADAC USA, and FAI, USA Food Addiction Institute.
H. Theresa Wright, MS, RD, LDN, is the founder and Director of Renaissance Nutrition Center, Inc. near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
As nutrition therapist, registered and licensed dietitian and nutritionist, Theresa has worked with people struggling with compulsive eating, obesity, eating disorders, weight loss and food addiction and helped them deal sanely and effectively with their food, eating, and body weight issues for more than 36 years. She is most acclaimed for her individual and global success with thousands of clients who have improved their lives after working with her to create and maintain successful eating and recovery programs, often in consultation with their own physicians, therapists and other health-care professionals. Under her direction, Renaissance Nutrition Center, Inc. was developed to provide programs and services to help people develop the skills, tools and lifestyle changes that lead to freedom from self-destructive food behaviors. These programs include both in-person and virtual seminars and workshops which encourage a sane approach to eating and living. Theresa holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Nutrition Science from Drexel University and continues to be a formal presenter at many regional and national conferences, treatment facilities and professional organizations. In 2013, Today’s Dietitian magazine named Theresa one of “10 Incredible Registered Dietitians Who Are Making a Difference” in its annual showcase. Her published works include: Food and Addiction: A Comprehensive Handbook a book by Kelly D. Brownell and Mark S. Gold (Oxford University Press) for which she authored a chapter and the three-part cookbook series titled Delicious Recovery and Your Personal Food Plan Guide. A publisher is pending for her newest book, The Sane Food Solution. The Third Edition of Overeaters Anonymous, published by the twelve-step organization, includes special pages authored by Theresa because of her expertise and work with those with eating disorders. Theresa also serves as a Committee Member of Behavioral Health Nutrition, a dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and on the Board of Directors of the Food Addition Institute.
Mary Foushi Cofounder and Executive Director, ACORN Food Dependency Recovery Services, USA.
Mary holds a degree in Human Services with a specialty in Addiction Studies. She is a food addict with over 27 years of stable recovery and is maintaining a 200-pound weight loss for over 25 years. Her strong commitment to recovery and her ability to honestly relate her personal struggles and successes with food addiction offer an invaluable source of information and hope for those seeking to learn about food dependency and freedom from a life addicted to food. He has helped thousands of food addicts understand and implement the Twelve Steps into their personal recovery. Mary is a CENAPS Trained Relapse Prevention Specialist, a certified food addiction professional, facilitates groups, workshops, and Primary Intensives throughout the United States and abroad. Mary is coauthor of Food Addiction Recovery: A New Model of Professional Support – The ACORN Primary Intensive.
NBCRB NORDIC/BALTIC REGIONAL CERTIFICATION BOARD
THE NBCRB NORDIC/BALTIC CERIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
In order to set up an international professional training for food addiction counseling and further qualification, requirements and understanding of treating sugar/food addiction and various eating disorders as an addiction, we have looked to the NBRCB (Nordic/Baltic Regional Certification Board for Alcohol and Drug Counselor Job Analysis identified for the NBRCB Alcohol and Drug Counselor-Examination. This Credentialing and Certification process provides a much-needed standardization to the rapidly growing understanding of and evolving professions of sugar and food addiction treatment, and recovery.
For professionals, becoming credentialed demonstrates competency, by having professional expertise and qualifications verified by an independent evaluator. It recognizes achievement of a standard of professional education and experience necessary to provide quality sugar and food addiction treatment, and recovery services. In addition, credentialing demonstrates ongoing learning through the required continuing education for recertification. Credentialing also provides employers, clients, and their families with the assurance that you have met internationally recognized standards of professionalism and ethics. For the public, credentialing assures that service providers have met a level of competency as determined by an international consortium of professionals adhering to the highest standards of quality and integrity.
The INFACT will prepare and assist you in meeting the following requirements. These are the requirements and they are being further simplified.
The following is a list of requirements for the NBCRB Certification as FAC and will be assessed for each applicant individually:
EDUCATION: The INFACT training contains 200 hours of education toward the 300 hours required by Nordic/Baltic specific to the FAC domains. Six hours must be specific to counselor ethics (already included in the FAC training). Other equivalent courses and education will satisfy this requirement.
EXAMINATION: The INFACT will minister examinations equivalent to and approved by the Nordic/Baltic Regional Certification Board. Examination will be administered at the end of the training.
SUPERVISION: Everyone applying for the NBRCB certification needs to have recommendations from referees.
CODE OF ETHICS: Applicants must sign a counselor specific code of ethics statement or affirmation statement.
WORK EXPERIENCE: 1000 to 6000 hours of supervised work experience specific to the FAC domains in fields allied to this work. An associate´s degree in behavioral science may substitute for 1000 hours: a bachelor´s degree in behavioral science may substitute for 2000 hours: a master´s degree in behavioral science may substitute for 4000 hours.
RECERTIFICATION: 40 hours of continuing education earned every two years.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND CLARIFICATION CONTACT ESTHER H.G.:
By phone: +354-699-2676