Who we are and our vision
KEADD (www.keadd.gr) was founded in 2007 and is a Greek acronym which stands for Centre for Education and Treatment for Eating Disorders. It is an educational centre and a network of health professionals in Greece.
As an educational centre, KEADD offers training seminars in the handling of eating disorders in two cities of Greece, Athens and Thessaloniki, as well as through webinars. KEADD is affiliated with the National Centre for Eating Disorders in the UK – NCFED (https://eating-disorders.org.uk). The training carries the official stamp of NCFED and the main courses constituting KEADD’s training programme have been approved by the British Psychological Society – BPS- Learning Centre as suitable CPD for Graduate and Chartered Psychologists.
As a network, KEADD consists of health professionals, situated throughout Greece, who have all successfully completed the above mentioned training. This network comprises professionals from various health fields, such as physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, nutritionists, physical education professionals, nurses and others who may come in contact with patients with eating disorders in their own professional settings.
KEADD focuses on the power of the interdisciplinary approach for patients with eating disorders and works solely on outpatient settings (mainly, our private spaces). It is our strong belief that people who experience confusion in matters of body image and nutrition benefit greatly from having the very first health professional they approach explain to them the kind of help that is available; whether this help is their physician, their fitness coach, their psychotherapist, a nurse or some other health professional.
KEADD helps not only in teaching health professionals how to diagnose an existing eating disorder, but also to detect early signs in thinking and behaviour that could well lead to an eating disorder in the future. The network’s health professionals are trained in therapeutic interventions according to their scientific field and they have ample access to supervision (and peer supervision) from other network colleagues; also, even more importantly, they have immediate access to other network professionals that their particular patient may need at that time, such as a fitness coach to deal with over exercising, a nutritionist for addressing particular nutritional needs, a family therapist to help with the patient’s family, etc.
KEADD believes that the patients benefit from receiving all professional help within their own life settings, staying at home and enjoying the support of experts, who all “speak the same language” of the eating disorders.