Eating Disorders: Integrating Brain, Body and the Therapeutic Relationship

June 5, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Westchester Marriott Hotel
670 White Plains Road
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Debbie Lucker

Many patients with eating disorders suffer from co-morbid conditions, warranting complex treatments which incorporate the best that art and science have to offer. This workshop weaves together the most current research, treatment trends and clinical insight, empowering clinicians with the knowledge and perspective necessary to effectively treat eating disorders. Conceptualizing eating disorders as biopsychosocial phenomena puts to rest the validity of any dichotomy between the biology and the psychology of lived experience. Plato’s philosophical stance that “the cure of the part should not be attempted without treatment of the whole” underscores an emerging treatment paradigm blending holistic approaches with traditional practices to produce a “whole” that is greater than the sum of its parts and, thus, a more potent and creative treatment process. Strategies culled from body-oriented therapies will be explored through film clips, demonstration and experiential exercises, small group discussion and videotaped material from clinical sessions. The healing power of the therapeutic relationship will be highlighted and the therapeutic use of intuition and creativity will be addressed. Participants will receive a resource packet which includes a bibliography, assessment guides and descriptions of experiential exercises.

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