Alsana Opens Another Eating Disorder Treatment Center


Plus: NBCC scholarships, Hazelden webinar on alcohol misuse, and more addiction treatment job openings

By Darya Daneshmand

New & Next: Industry

Alsana Expands Eating Disorder Care

As eating disorders become more prevalent—in part because of the havoc wreaked by the COVID-19 pandemic—the treatment provider Alsana stands ready to meet the need.

Alsana, which specializes in treating eating disorders ranging from binge eating to bulimia, announced last week the opening of its seventh residential center, this time in the St. Louis area. It’s the provider’s second residential facility in Missouri. Alsana also has locations in California and Alabama.

For clients to thrive and maintain lasting recovery, their treatment plans must be as multidimensional as the disorders we are treating.”—Brad Zehring, Alsana

The new center, called Juneberry, has 12 beds and is located on a 14-acre campus. “For clients to thrive and maintain lasting recovery, their treatment plans must be as multidimensional as the disorders we are treating,” Brad Zehring, D.O., national psychiatry director for Alsana, said in a news release. “Juneberry’s clinical team is committed to delivering evidence-based, compassionate care that facilitates healing in all areas of our clients’ lives. It is an honor to be part of anyone’s story of hope and healing. Juneberry will be a vital steppingstone on many clients’ paths toward full recovery and achieving their true potential.”

New & Next: Community

NBCC Foundation Scholarships

The National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation (NBCC) is offering scholarship opportunities. The application deadline is July 31 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Twenty awards at $500 apiece are available. To be considered, applicants have to meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification or an active counseling license
  • Hold a master’s degree or higher in a mental health field
  • Have clinical experience in mental health or substance use disorder (SUD)
  • Commit to completing telemental health training within a year of earning the award
  • Commit to applying for a telemental health credential within a year of completing the training

Winners of the scholarships will be announced in late October 2021.

New & Next: Webinars

 Trends in Alcohol Use

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation will host the webinar “Alcohol Use Disorder: Diagnosing a Troubling Trend” on Aug. 11 at 2:30 p.m. EST. Clinical psychiatrist and Hazelden’s medical director of professional education solutions Steve Delisi, MD, will address alcohol-related developments brought on by the pandemic, and attendees will learn about risk factors, diagnosis and treatment. Registration is free.

New & Next: Job Opportunities

The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD

The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD is seeking a full-time residential nurse manager or residential practice manager to join its team in Humble, Texas. The position calls for administrative oversight with planning and implementation of supervised programs and evaluation procedures, among other responsibilities. Interested candidates with a B.A. and LCSW or equivalent degrees with at least three years of inpatient/residential management experience may apply here.

Massachusetts General Hospital HOPE Clinic

Massachusetts General Hospital’s HOPE Clinic (Harnessing upport for Opioid and substance use disorders in Pregnancy and Early childhood) provides support to pregnant women with SUD. The program is in search of an office-based addiction treatment research nurse to work with a team in managing a randomized clinical trial, a role that involves management of weekly visits, administering medication and collecting samples. Interested candidates can apply online.

Photo: Annie Spratt