The treatment of eating disorders is as complex and multi-faceted as the individuals presenting for treatment. An inherent dichotomy exists; the body is the subject of obsessive focus but is unwanted and neglected. How does a clinician engage a client in nourishing the body when to do so threatens their sense of self? How do therapists begin to shift the client’s attention away from numbers on a scale and an overvaluation of size, shape and weight? This workshop will address these questions and will present an overview of the essential elements of competent treatment. Major themes emerging in the recovery process will be explored as will character structure, personality, trauma and dissociation. The session will include an overview of the integrative treatment model employed at Zephyrus of Santa Fe, an intensive outpatient program.
Deborah Schweiger-Whalen, MSW, LISW, LCSW, CSAT, CEDS, is a certified eating disorder specialist through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. She has presented at multiple national conferences on the subject of eating, sexual and intimacy disorders. Deborah has recently opened Zephyrus of Santa Fe, an intensive outpatient program for eating disorders. www.ZephyrusofSantaFe.com