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Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness
West Palm Beach , Florida

Starts on Monday, August 30, 2021

Applications due Monday, February 8, 2021

This program has chosen to follow the APPIC Postdoctoral Selection Guidlines.

The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness Postdoctoral Fellowship is focused on the care of individuals experiencing an eating disorder who have no insurance or are underinsured and historically have had no access to care.  Support is also provided for loved ones who can play a significant role in the recovery process.  There is no other program like Psychological Services in the country!  Individuals experiencing eating disorders represent a complex and heterogeneous population, which challenges clinicians at all levels of ability.  Psychological Services at The Alliance provides outpatient treatment for adults, all genders, that present with various eating disorder behaviors, as well as significant co-morbidities which may include depression, anxiety, personality disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, severe trauma, dissociative disorders and more.  Modalities of treatment offered at Psychological Services include individual, couples, family therapy and a variety of group psychotherapies.  Our treatment approach is firmly rooted in empirically based treatment while being individually tailored to meet the individual needs of the patients.  The program allows the fellow to develop a comfort level working with the eating disorder population and the serious mentally ill population.

Fellows function as valued members of a clinical team.  As such, the fellow operates with a significant degree of autonomy and responsibility while maintaining close contact with the Clinical Director, Head Training Supervisor and other supervisors as needed.  Unique to this program is the involvement in the work that is done in the community by a non-profit promoting awareness and education related to eating disorders.  The Alliance educates professionals in medical schools, nursing schools, social work schools and psychology programs.  Training is also done with school psychologists, guidance counselors and teachers for children of all ages.  The Alliance runs support groups for those experiencing eating disorders all over the country (presently on hold due to Covid-19), virtual support groups for individuals experiencing eating disorders, a virtual support group for loved ones and provides ongoing supervision for the facilitators of the nationwide and virtual support groups.  The fellow is involved in all of these activities.  Advocacy is also important at The Alliance.  This year we did "Virtual Advocacy Day" and met with Representatives and their Legislative Assistants promoting two eating disorder related bills.  The Alliance generally goes to Washington D.C. twice per year to advocate in Congress.

As part of the Fellowship you will:

1.  Work with adults with eating disorders with co-occurring mental illness doing individual, couples, family and group therapies

2.  Work with a multidisciplinary team (including physicians, psychiatrists, nutrition therapists, treatment centers and others) to provide comprehensive treatment and care

3.  Facilitate virtual and face to face support groups

4.  Speak to medical, nursing, social work, psychology schools and community programs educating and promoting awareness of eating disorders, their severity and guidance in diagnosis and referral

5.  Be involved in advocacy in Washington, D.C. (or virtually) for eating disorder related bills

6.  Learn how a non-profit works and be involved in the process

7.  Receive excellent supervision and guidance

Successful applicants will have experience in the field of Clinical or Counseling Psychology and preferably have experience with the treatment of eating disorders.  The applicant must demonstrate excellent potential for being a creative and productive team member and work well with The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness organization.  Although the fellowship is for 13 months, fellows are able to consider a two year fellowship (not required).  Decisions for two year fellowships are made by the 5th month of the first fellowship year.  Application and information may be found on The Alliance website or by contacting Dr. Joann Hendelman at jhendelman@AllianceforEatingDisorders.com

Additional Information

Agency Type
APPIC Membership
APA Accredited
Recognized Specialty
Clinical Psychology
Emphasis or focus area
Serious Mental Illness
Other Emphasis
Eating Disorders
Research Time
Less than 25%
Training Director
Joann V Hendelman, PhD, MA, BSN, FAED, CEDS-S, CEDRN, iaedp Approved Supervisor
Contact Email
Contact Phone
Virtual Interviews
Virtual Only
Duration in Months
Hours Per Week
# of Licensed Supervisors
Number of Positions
Applications recieved last year
Will follow APPIC Selection Guidelines
Date offers will be made to applicants
Monday, February 22 2021
Created Date
Saturday, April 21 2018
Unfilled Positions
Fringe Benefits
Health, Dental, and Vision insurance available, 18 working days (144 hours) of PTO accrued at 12 hours/month for the first 12 months, 7 paid holidays, $2500 for conferences/training outside of The Alliance, compensation for travel if work related
Research opportunities
Postdoctoral fellows are required to do a Postdoctoral Project. A fellow may choose to do research of their choice if approved for this project.
Additional Comments
Questions or further information regarding the program can be directed to Dr. Joann Hendelman at jhendelman@AllianceforEatingDisorders.com
Application Instructions
Application must be sent to jhendelman@AllianceforEatingDisorders.com and must include: 1. A letter from the director of the graduate program stipulating that, by the start date of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, applicant has completed all requirements for their doctorate and will graduate 2. Verification and Eligibility of Readiness Letter from the predoctoral internship training director to begin a fellowship program 3. A current curriculum vitae 4. Three (3) letters of recommendation from clinical supervisors sent under separate cover to jhendelman@AllianceforEatingDisorders.com 5. Official transcripts 6. Written work sample completed in the last 2 years, preferably during internship. 7. Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness Postdoctoral Fellowship application (obtained via AllianceforEatingDisorders.com or from Dr Hendelman at jhendelman@AllianceforEatingDisorders.com)

This record was last updated on Saturday, March 6, 2021

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