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Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

Target demographics: Professionals working with people in recovery from eating disorders, their families and loved ones, and those in recovery themselves and their families and loved ones

Direct beneficiaries per year: 250+ providers and programs in the membership; 500-600 people receive the newsletter; 2000-3000 phone calls and direct service hours per year minimum

Geographic areas served: northern California primarily, Sebastopol and Petaluma to the north, Sacramento to the East, and Monterey to the south; "larger Bay Area"

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked in the field of eating disorders since 1984, with APTED in the Bay Area since 1985. I have watched this group grow from a small, ardent group of eating disorder specialists to a large and active group, committed to offering training and networking opportunities to professionals, support and referrals to professionals of other disciplines or other geographical areas, as well as support,
referrals, and/or direct service to those in recovery from eating disorders, as well as to their friends and/or family members. APTED is my "go to" group to find the right fit for the services or connections I need.

From a little hand book of resources, APTED now has a website of current listings of upcoming
trainings and CEU presentations and conferences, as well as ways for eating disorder sufferers and their families to find the specialist services they are seeking. More recently, they have added a much-needed low-fee clinic, which sees clients for sliding scale fees, and is staffed by clinicians in training. Training opportunities specifically for eating disorder treatment are limited and highly sought out.

APTED remains an ardent group of eating disrder specialists and has stayed the course in their commitment to both supporting professionals in their work, and eating disorder sufferers in their recovery. As a long standing professional in this field, I am impressed by, indebted to and grateful for this organization.

Nan Shaw LCSW

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an eating disorders specialist I am so grateful for this site. It has helped so many people suffering from eating disorders find help. In addition, it has helped me be able to confidently make referrals to other eating disorder specialists in the Bay Area knowing that these providers have an expertise in the field.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Association of Professionals Treating eating Disorders provides the much needed service of low fee therapy, nutrition, and groups specializing in eating disorders in the bay area. Dr Brenner Liss has been working tirelessly for decades to train clinicians, educate other providers of APTED's services, and facilitate groups, individual sessions, consultations, conferences, and trainings! I personally was supervised by her for six years and benefited greatly from her wisdom and expertise. I know the clients that i served were directly impacted by her compassion and decades of clinical experience. This nonprofit is especially needed for clients struggling with eating disorders that do not have insurance or need sliding scale therapy specializing in eating disorder recovery.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Outstanding compiler of information about eating disorders trainings, research, opportunities, events, advocacy and more--for a diverse community of providers throughout a wide geographic area. Indispensable builder of community to serve the professionals working t6o relive the cinning ang painful complexities of eating disordewrs and related issues.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

APTED serves the Community related to ED to a high degree and with a high level of compassion and comittment. The dedication of the leader and professionals at APTED is imcredible. I feel fortunate to be connected to this amazing group.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

APTED provides a much needed resource for the treatment of eating disorders as well as the training of professionals. I am continually grateful for the training I received through APTED as well as grateful for the ability to refer people to APTED's low fee clinic for individual therapy or group therapy. At a time when so many people cannot afford the eating disorder specific care they need, APTED provides the specialty care to help them find the road to recovery.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working at the APTED low-fee clinic has been a terrific learning experience as well as a powerful networking tool. Thank you Deborah!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

APTED is my go to source for resources for clients and trainings for professionals. They consistently keep us "in the know" regarding upcoming events and happenings and keep our clients connected to resources. We are so grateful for what they do!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional working at an eating disorder treatment program, I have time and again been grateful for the ability to refer clients to APTED. They offer a variety of individual, group and nutrition therapy that I will recommend to clients who are unable to afford or are not ready for a more intensive program. As clients prepare for discharge from our program, APTED is always on my list of referrals as a way to provide a very accesible source of support in their continued recovery work. I am also very impressed by the training and consultation provided to their pre-licensed clinicians. it is obvious that APTED has been built on a foundation of genuine dedication to the treatment and recovery from eating disorders and it is carried through with each member of their team.

Kadi D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For several years, I have watched how hard the folks over at APTED are working, they work in a field with little support and help clients who otherwise would not receive services. The agency provides direct care services, groups to clients along with training & supervision for new clinicians. Deborah gives selflessly to make sure things run as smoothly as possible. As a doctoral student, I had the opportunity to assist with the APTED Conference last year & the exposure to others in the field was invaluable. I hope to watch and support APTED with it's continue growth, I can't think of people who deserve it more.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Without APTED & Deborah, I wouldn't be writing this review. :)

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a member of APTED, as a psychologist and dance therapist treating adults and adolescents with eating disorders, since its formation many years ago. Deborah Brenner-Liss is a leader in the field, dedicated to providing services to all those who need it, providing specialized training to students in the field, and providing education to the community at large about prevention and treatment of eating disorders. The interdisciplinary model of APTED has given resources for providers to find each other and work together. In my own practice, I have both received and made referrals using APTED's directory and resources. I fully endorse APTED and its important role in the SF Bay area mental health community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a psychologist in the community treating eating disorders for over twenty years, I wholeheartedly endorse the work of APTED and Dr. Brenner-Liss. APTED has been a unique and integral part of the Bay Area Eating Disorder community for many years, offering sliding scale services to clients and networking resources for professionals. Whereas many treatment programs have come and gone over the years, APTED continues to do its work with integrity.

Client Served

Rating: 5

APTED provides a valuable resource to the community. Deborah Brenner-Liss is our non-profit's "go to" person for resources. Her newsletter keeps us updated on current conferences, webinars and events. APTED has created a networking community that helps us better serve our clients. The APTED clinic brings quality service on a sliding scale fee. I highly recommend investing in this non-profit. You can be assured your contribution will be used wisely and efficiently.

Janice Bremis
Executive Director
Eating Disorders Resource Center

DeborahBrennerLiss

Board Member

Rating: 5

APTED, the Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders provides many functions. Overall, we aim to offer information, support, and referral information to those in recovery from eating disorders and their family and loved ones. We offer direct service -- individual psychotherapy, group therapy, couples & family therapy -- through our sliding-scale clinic and further support in our supportive living residence. We educate professionals working with this population, have a formal training program for professionals training to work with these populations, and offer networking opportunities for the professionals to build the teams they need to work successfully with eating disorder patients. We also have a prevention division, networking with school counselors, and offering prevention groups for girls 8 to 11 years old, with their Moms, to build healthy self-esteem and body image.

Review from Guidestar