Workshops: Eating Disorders

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Eating Disorders and Body Image Dissatisfaction: What Is The Relationship?

ID: 5232

Body image dissatisfaction (BID) is so widespread among women that it has been described as a normative discontent (Rodin et al., 1984). That is, feeling negative or discontented about ones appearance is considered the norm rather than the exception and often is reflected in the term fat talk. Although widely attributed to cultural standards of thinness and the medias promotion of idealized images of beauty, these explanations are inadequate for a majority of women who are exposed to prevailing norms yet, do not develop BID. Perhaps of utmost clinical importance is that BID is the most robust risk factor associated with eating pathology. In this workshop, we explore many of these issues including the surprising the relationship between BID and emotional abuse in childhood (CEA). Tools for assessing BID and related clinical issues (CEA, self-criticism, anger, etc.) are covered. Active participation is encouraged including discussion of clinical cases that attendees may wish to bring to the workshop.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

Instructor: Marjorie Feinson, PhD
Date: Monday, November 20, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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Eating Disorders and Childhood Abuse

ID: 5207

A remarkable research finding reveals that two-thirds of adult women with serious eating problems (EP) were abused in childhood. Perhaps more surprising is that most of the abuse is emotional, not sexual or physical (i.e. behavioral). And yet, professional attention (education, treatment, research) tends to focus mainly on behavioral forms of abuse. In contrast, this workshop highlights emotional abuse in childhood (CEA) and psychological factors (e.g. depression, anxiety) that are associated with EP in adulthood. Indeed, broadening the lens to include emotional abuse is warranted because it is the childhood trauma most clearly associated with eating pathology later in life. Participants will learn about current research findings and have an opportunity to examine innovative treatment strategies for addressing the CEA-EP relationship, including the significant contributions of self-criticism and unresolved anger.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

Instructor: Marjorie Feinson, PhD
Date: Monday, November 13, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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Eating Disorders and Recovery: Highlighting Spiritual Practices

ID: 5233

Women with eating disordered behaviors often describe their use of food to provide comfort, to fill a void or a 'hole in the soul.' Thus, alternative ways to fill the void are needed for recovery. An emerging treatment strategy focuses on spiritual growth and healing. What do we mean by spiritual growth, why is it essential to recovery, and how can we help our clients grow spiritually? This workshop introduces a 'healing circle,' a safe and nurturing environment in which we explore together (a) the meanings of recovery and (b) the role of spiritual practices --- often neglected, but potentially powerful treatment resources. Sustainable recovery is enhanced through spiritual practices which contribute to healing the 'hole in the soul.' Ample opportunity is provided for participants to learn about and experience emerging spiritual practices while deepening an appreciation for how these practices nurture and contribute to sustainable recovery.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

Instructor: Marjorie Feinson, PhD
Date: Monday, December 4, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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Eating Disorders Overview and Clinical Issues

ID: 5206

Complex clinical challenges often emerge among clients, seeking treatment for emotional or relationship issues, who also experience on-going and painful struggles with eating disordered behaviors. In contrast to traditional treatment approaches, food and eating may have begun as a comforting solution, or, in some cases, a survival strategy, especially among those with childhood traumas. Within this context, the subsequent development of serious eating problems, psychopathology and distorted body image become more understandable, warranting different treatment strategies. In this workshop, a compassionate and in-depth examination of eating disorders (ED) is provided. While including the full ED spectrum, the focus highlights binge eating, the most recent DSM-V category. Current research concerning related psychopathology is presented together with the latest findings about the significant role of self-criticism and unresolved anger. Assessment tools are provided along with several innovative treatment strategies that clinicians may find especially relevant for adult female clients.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

Instructor: Marjorie Feinson, PhD
Date: Monday, November 6, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: 390 George St., 3rd floor - CLASSROOM B
390 George St., 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ

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