and emphasize strict behavioral approaches--raising caloric intake, keeping food diaries, gaining weight--while ignoring the unarticulated meaning and significance of the eating disorder. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how disordered eating patterns symbolically reenact specific aspects of sexual, physical, and emotional trauma, which clients can’t otherwise address. You’ll learn to help these clients focus on the thoughts, emotions, and body sensations associated with their bingeing, purging, and self-starvation, enabling them to recognize and understand the underlying meaning of the behavior. We’ll then explore treatment strategies that provide alternative, safe ways to tell their trauma stories--journaling, drawing, creating collages--to express the feelings and images accompanying their eating behaviors. (This session will continue with Workshop 304.)
Lisa Ferentz, L.C.S.W.-C., D.A.P.A., is the founder and president of The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education, which offers Certificate Programs in Advanced Trauma Treatment. A trauma specialist, consultant, and educator, she was voted the 2009 Social Worker of the Year by the Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work.