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Carolyn Costin is interviewed for the upcoming movie, America the Beautiful 3

About America the Beautiful 3.....

Carolyn - America the Beuautiful

In 1953, Marilyn Monroe was the icon of female sexuality. At the age of twenty-seven, she starred in the monumentally successful film, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” and this was only at the start of her career. Jump to today and Marilyn Monroe supplies a modestly quaint idol for sexuality compared to modern pop culture icons. Sixteen-year-old pop stars in revealing Catholic schoolgirl uniforms are common alongside four year olds traipsing around beauty pageants in bikinis on national television. America’s youth is becoming more sexually active earlier, some as young as six years old. But why?

The third installment of America the Beautiful explores America’s controversial and shameless sexualization of our youth. Theories and observations merely scratch the surface of a culture centered on the objectification of women. Beneath the glossy, perfect images presented in pop culture there are more desperate stakes at hand. Who is at fault for perpetuating such a harmful culture? Is it corporate greed in advertising? Is it the media that projects these images? Could it even be the parents?

Award-winning director Darryl Roberts tackles the complicated answers to these questions, revealing the treacherous effects this has on not just children, but society as a whole. The assault of images portraying the perfect sexy body is inescapable and inappropriate, contributing to a national physical and mental health crisis. According to the American Psychological Association, the impact of this on girls and women of all ages range from eating disorders to low self-esteem and body image insecurities. Altered images and the prolific accessibility to pornography by 12 year old boys permeate daily life to the point that it is difficult for our youth to conceptualize healthy bodies and sexuality; the dangers of this are abundant and increasing.

America the Beautiful Part 3 is not just about the dangers of spray tans and babies in bikinis, it is a look into the impacts of an unquestioned culture and the psyche of society’s most threatening perpetrators who may not consider themselves to be part of the problem.

9- Week Eating Disorder Group in Texas - March 26, 2014

Please call with interest ~ one last seat is available.
This 9-week Eating Disorder Recovery Group aims to bring to life the recovery principles discussed in “8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder” book written by Carolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert Grabb. Each group member will receive a book and a notebook the first session, complete assignments between sessions. During group we will process the assignments, and work to help you apply the recovery concepts to your daily life.

Debbi Dunbar, MS, LPC has in depth knowledge and understanding of recovery from eating disorders. If you are interested in learning more about how your eating disorder is working for you, how you can identify and release your eating disorder behaviors, beliefs, and responses; this nonjudgmental group may be for you.

Starts: March 26, 2014
Ends: May 28, 2014
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Fee: $50 per session (includes book and journal)
Therapist: Debbi Dunbar, MS, LPC
Location: 2501 Parkview Road, Suite 304
Fort Worth, TX 76102

To Register: Call Debbi @ (817) 739-2421

For more information CLICK HERE

MEDA’s 19th National Conference May 1-3rd 2014

Save The Date!

MEDA's 19th National Conference

Carolyn will be speaking at the event on May 2nd

Date: May 1-3, 2014 (3-day Conference!)
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Needham, MA

EDCAS Colloquium: From the Science to the Session - Presented by Carolyn Costin

EDCAS Colloquium: From the Science to the Session

Date: May 6, 2014 10:00 am Details:
The Eating Disorders, Compulsions & Addictions Service of the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology cordially invites you to an evening colloquia:

From the Science to the Session: Integrating Eating Disorders with Science, Psychotherapy and Spirituality

Presenter: Carolyn Costin, M.A. M.ED., MFT FAED

Neuroscience is the new buzz word in the world of psychotherapy… yet how does one distinguish between true innovation and mere speculation? Brain research can inform therapeutic strategies but it can also be difficult to translate into useful practices. Bringing years of experience, a wealth of knowledge, and an engaging presence, Carolyn will share her insights on treating eating disorders through the integration of science, psychotherapy and spirituality. Informed by her own personal recovery from anorexia and over 30 years of experience treating patients, Carolyn brings insight, passion and humor as she helps audiences put the latest in neuroscience into action covering topics such as; the brain, attachment, body image, anxiety, and mindfulness, and how these topics relate to eating disorders . Excerpts of actual therapy sessions will be shown, for a “behind closed doors” look at the interaction between therapist and client, providing glimpses into the simple explanation of complex ideas.

William Alanson White Institute
20 West 74th Street
New York, NY 10023

There is no charge for this evening but seating is limited. RSVP NOW to reserve a space!

Please contact us at: 212-873-0725


Tending the Feminine Psyche in Hawaii Oct 20-25th 2014

Come feed your mind, nurture your body, and nourish your soul!

In this 5­day/5­night workshop, designed for professional women treating eating and body image disorders, Anita Johnston, Ph.D., Carolyn Costin, M.A., M.Ed., M.F.T., Francie White, M.S.R.D., explore cutting edge treatment concepts while nurturing our own personal experience of the feminine psyche.

Trade that indoor conference & office attire for informal play attire at
Kalani Beachside Eco-retreat Center on the Big Island of Hawaii
for an unforgettable mind­body­soul experience – bound to transform
your personal and professional life!

36 CEUs are available for master’s level therapists & dietitians.

This year Anita, Carolyn, and Francie are offering the most directed tools they have discovered yet, to create transformative, rock-and-rolling individual, family and group sessions. The work is both dynamic and fun because participants learn specific systems that can be taught to patients, families, and/or groups. These tools eliminate defensiveness and cut through quickly to core issues—in the spirit of evolving a much better formula for recovery and for living fully.


Come Tend that Feminine Psyche – yours first, then your clients …

Click the video below to see a quick view of the last time we had a retreat in Hawaii -