National Eating Disorder Program’s Innovative Treatment Approach

Shirley Amy
June 9, 2019
eating disorder

Asala, which is based in five communities in Santa Barbara, St. Louis, Birmingham, Westlake Village and Monterey, provides one of America’s top eating disorder treatment programs. This comprises five health dimensions: medical, nutritional, therapeutic, relational and movement. Movement is of particular interest to many, as it involves a highly beneficial out of the box therapy.


Asala have just announced that Brian Cook, Ph.D., will be joining their organization in the capacity of Vice President of movement, research and outcomes. He will also be heading Asala’s renowned program: Adaptive Care ModelTM. This is the industry’s only evidence-based and integrated approach to eating disorder recovery.

What Does it Do?

This adaptive model transforms different excercise’s functional relationship. – It changes our automatic compensatory behavior into actions which work on a par with other components of total health. The program is evidence-based, and mixes psycho-education, exercise, and experiential low-intensity activities (for example, rowing a kayak to the opposite side of a river as a team), in order to make physical movement a fun means toward sustained recovery.

More About Brian Cook Ph.D

Cook is a globally respected expert who discusses research at conferences all over the world. He also chairs international level conferences pertaining to eating disorder paper sessions, and related psychiatric illnesses. Moreover, he has had his findings published in superior journals, and has authored various book chapters.

The CEO of Alsana, Jennifer Crute Steiner, remarked that: “Cook was an active participant in the creation of the movement dimension of the Adaptive Care Model and will continue to elevate and provide new evidence-based research for the industry. His passion for improving the lives of individuals by finding their daily functionality will be a huge benefit to our clients”.

Cook is set to work in association with operational leaders in order to support, implement and develop the movement dimension’s clinical caliber throughout Alsana’s thirteen countrywide programs. He will also be in charge of staff training regarding patients’ eating disorders and exercise, as well as organizing the movement program.

Cook will also arrange the organization’s research projects, and set up relationships with academic institutions to specifically research eating disorders. Moreover, he will serve as the industry’s spokesperson for Asala’s exercise and movement, lecturing at national conferences and other venues. Cook noted: “Working at Alsana, I’ll be able to continue my research and implement the movement dimension of the Adaptive Care Model. Together, we’ll be able to bring to light that movement in eating disorder recovery as a vital part to the healing process”.

Cook has maintained and developed an original line of research based on examining the therapeutic potential of exercise, management, and etiological role of eating disorders. He was educated at the University of Rhode Island, University of Florida, and the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, Fargo, ND. This gave him the opportunity to receive training from leading specialists in the industry.

Shirley Amy

Shirley Amy is a Holistic Health Specialist and professional writer who's published 4 books. Her  interests include optimum wellness, mental health, fitness, and positive lifestyle change. She holds University and College qualifications in the fields of Health Science, Nutrition, Mental Health, Fitness, Holistic Therapy and Aromatherapy.

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