The Ranch will sponsor author Jenni Schaefer\u2019s appearance at the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee\u2019s annual event \u201cAn Evening of Song and Story,\u201d at the Belle Meade Country Club on April 17. Schaefer will also conduct a workshop at The Ranch in Nunnelly, Tenn. on April 18. Nunnelly, TN (PRWEB) April 1, 2014 \u2013 The Ranch\u2019s eating disorder program in Tennessee is sponsoring two special events featuring Jenni Schaefer, songwriter and author of Almost Anorexic, Goodbye Ed, Hello Me, and Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence From Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too. The Ranch will sponsor \u201cAn Evening of Song and Story\u201d on April 17 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., benefitting the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee. The event will include Schaefer\u2019s compelling personal narrative of her descent into an eating disorder and her recovery. In addition, Rivers Rutherford, singer-songwriter and composer of several number-one country hits including "Ain't Nothing 'bout You" performed by Brooks & Dunn, will perform at the event. The event will be held at the Belle Meade Country Club, in Nashville, Tenn. Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m.; dinner and the program will begin at 7 p.m. A variety of sponsorship levels are available for this event. To be a sponsor, serve on the planning committee or be a table host, contact Kathleen Yabroudy at email@example.com. Schaefer will also share her story at a workshop at The Ranch in Nunnelly, Tenn. on April 18, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Open to Ranch clients and alumni, the workshop will include live music as well as group discussion and individual exercises. Schaefer\u2019s own experience with an eating disorder enables her to bridge the personal and the clinical in dealing with a range of issues, including addiction and perfectionism, eating and body image, self-esteem and personal empowerment. She had graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in biochemistry and was pursuing a career in music when forced to confront her eating disorder. \u201cI found happy and purposeful living the hard way\u2014through experience and lots of falling down,\u201d she said. A frequent speaker and media personality seen on The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Phil, and Today, Schaefer is chair of the Ambassadors Council of the National Eating Disorders Association. About the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee The Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee is an organization of professionals and community members dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting those affected by disordered eating. Since 2002, it has educated thousands of people across the state about the impact of eating disorders on the lives of individuals and their families. About The Ranch Since 1999, The Ranch has provided comprehensive therapeutic programs that treat the underlying causes of eating disorders, addictions and other self-defeating behaviors. The Ranch offers innovative therapies to address the multidimensional aspects of the whole person while teaching personal accountability in a safe, nurturing, real-life environment. Located on a working horse ranch in the beautiful rolling hills of Nunnelly, Tennessee, The Ranch offers programs with a variable length of stay, which allows each client to anchor new recovery behaviors needed for lasting change. For more information about The Ranch, call (855) 893-5987 or visit www.recoveryranch.com. The Ranch is part of Elements Behavioral Health, a family of behavioral health care programs that also includes Promises Treatment Centers, The Sexual Recovery Institute, The Recovery Place, Right Step, Journey Healing Centers, Lucida Treatment Center and Clarity Way. Elements offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family system. For more information about Elements Behavioral Health, visit www.promisesbehavioralhealth.com.