The purpose of this program is to educate professionals and students in the helping professions on the etiology and maintenance factors of eating and body image struggles. Understanding the multifaceted root causes of such disorders is crucial to developing a solid conceptualization required to treat individuals with such struggles. The program will address effective treatment strategies that focus on connection and healing.
The program will discuss eating disorders and body image issues from a relational perspective and will include a specific focus on understanding of the nature of social media as a contributing factor to these complex issues. In today’s media saturated world, individuals are constantly bombarded with messages that can affect one’s development. Often, individuals search out connection via digital means, which frequently leads to further disconnection. This highlights the importance of connection as a healing factor within psychotherapy. This program will provide a detailed understanding as how to conceptualize via a relational psychoanalytic perspective. The program will consist of a PowerPoint presentation, and well as both large and small group discussions. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the role of social media in the development and maintenance of disordered eating and body image issues, and the impact of this issue on one’s individual treatment style.