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(New) Online Training – Food for Thought: Understanding and Working with Eating Disordered Behaviors

May 7 Login to Zoom.com 8:30am ; Training 8:45am-4:00pm (EDT) $169, 6 CEUs Presenter: Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C DAPA Zoom.us, MD + Google Map

Many clinicians treat eating-disordered clients with varying degrees of success.  It is a difficult, persistent problem that is particularly challenging because of its chronicity and high relapse rate.   In-patient settings barter discharge for “goal weight”, yet patients often return, with no greater insight into the behavior.  This full-day workshop, for both beginner and advanced practitioners offers a paradigm shift, re-framing eating disorders as clients’ attempts to enact, re-story, and resolve traumatic experiences that they can’t verbally articulate.

Using case studies, clients’ journal entries and artwork, we will process eating disorders within the context of “trauma re-enactment syndrome”.  We will identify the specific ways in which anorexia, bulimia, and bingeing serve as a re-enactment and perpetuation of, and response to prior traumatization including physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect.  We will de-pathologize the behaviors and view them as metaphors. We will process common psychosocial triggers and cultural influences, as well as the diagnostic red flags and potential medical complications.  We will explore specific treatment strategies designed to take the focus off of traditional interventions (dieting, calorie counting, food journals, weigh-ins) and focus, instead, on offering clients alternative, safe ways to articulate and re-story their trauma experiences. A variety of creative interventions will be offered, addressing both symptoms and long-term healing in an outpatient setting.

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify at least five behavioral and psychosocial triggers that promote eating- disordered behaviors
  • Define and explain the clinical red flags that indicate anorexia, bulimia and binge eating behaviors
  • Describe the “meta-communication” of eating-disordered behavior and its relationship to the re-enactment and perpetuation of prior trauma.
  • Identify at least four medical complications related to anorexia, binge eating, and bulimia
  • Identify and describe at least five creative interventions designed to treat eating disordered-behaviors


8:45 -10:00 am

  • Creating a paradigm shift
  • Overview of eating disordered statistics
  • Eating disorders and triggers
  • Trauma re-enactment and meta-communication

10:00 am -10:07 am        BREAK

10:07 am – 11:00 am

  • Binge eating: definitions, re-enactments, response
  • Client’s journal entry
  • Bulimia: definitions, re-enactments, response
  •  Client’s journal entry

11:00 am – 11:08 am          BREAK

11:08 am – 12:00 pm

  • Anorexia: definitions, re-enactments, response
  • Client’s journal entry
  • Eating disordered thinking and behaviors not in the DSM

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm            LUNCH

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

  • Creative treatment approaches:
  • Re-framing, introducing TRS, using CARESS
  • Processing clients’ artwork

2:00 pm – 2:07 pm               BREAK

2:07 pm – 3:00 pm

  • Creative treatment approaches (continued)
  • Using Parts work- experiential
  • Creating safe sexual experiences
  • Working with dissociation and re-grounding

3:00 pm – 3:08 pm                BREAK

3:08 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Re-claiming control of the body
  • Introducing nutritional information
  • Pharmacological interventions
  • Addressing relapses