DATE: Saturday, October 14
SPEAKERS: Laura Zinger, ANAD’s Executive Director; Megan Schomaker, ANAD’s Blog Manager
The Different Stages of Recovery
ANAD Executive Director, Laura Zinger, and ANAD Blog Manager, Megan Schomaker will teach this workshop about ANAD’s 5 Stages of Recovery and will help attendees understand which stage they are in, so they can become more aware of where they are in their recovery journey and what specific resources, treatment and tools can help them continue to grow, heal and recover. This workshop will also share additional recovery tools and coping skills that will help people in recovery whichever stage they are in.
Julia and Caryn have both been in long-term recovery and will be sharing what their recovery looked like at each stage of recovery during the workshop.
Laura currently serves as the Executive Director of The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), and brings her 15+ years of experience and expertise in video producing, video editing, running a small business, marketing and project management to help revitalize and relaunch ANAD and its free support services for those in eating disorder recovery into a more modern social space where ANAD can better connect with those in need of ANAD's free support services.
Since Laura joined ANAD in 2016, the ANAD team has launched a new dynamic website; launched a new free support service called ANAD Recovery Mentors, ANAD's most popular support service to date; and updated and expanded the rest of ANAD's existing free support services (ANAD Support Groups and the ANAD Helpline) to make ANAD's free peer-to-peer based support services and available to as many people as possible.
ANAD is currently developing an online volunteer training portal so that all ANAD volunteers are fully trained and are set up to be successful as they participate in our services and help support those in eating disorder recovery.
Laura is thrilled to be serving ANAD as its Executive Director, having struggled with an eating disorder herself for 12 years and having been eating disorder behavior free for well over a decade. She is incredibly passionate about helping those who suffer from eating disorders find their voice and find their way out of their eating disorder, so that they can go on to live high-quality and fulfilling lives waiting for them; lives that they completely deserve and are definitely worth. She wants those in recovery to know that their future is worth fighting for!
Megan currently holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Spanish from North Central College and am working on completing my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus on eating disorders and trauma from Argosy University. Academically she has presented and developed several research analyses primarily focused on eating disorder relapse prevention, complex trauma, yoga therapy, and the impacts of narcissistic mothers on a child's eating disorder. She will apply for her clinical license and attain her degree in 2019. She has worked as an inpatient eating disorder and self-injury counselor for nearly a year and a half, and currently, works as a counselor at Center for Discovery in Glenview, IL. She is ANAD's Blog Manager and connects weekly with those in recovery to share their stories with ANAD's Recovery Community. Her professional and academic goals are entirely driven by personal experience and the fact that she has been in active recovery maintenance for nearly 5 years. Yoga, therapy, and lots of patience and acceptance saved her life. Megan's greatest hope is to use her professional, academic, and personal experiences to help guide and support others as they go through the process of reconnecting with and healing their minds and bodies.
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