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Healing Eating Disorders with Action Methods


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For many people food is more than food – it carries deep symbolic significance that speaks of nurturing, loving, parenting and sustenance. Eating disorders – and their sister “body image” struggles – are often the result of our distorted relationship with food and what should rightly moments of nourishment and comfort.

In this training workshop, instructed by Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, TEP, we take a look at some of the roles that are played out with people who have eating disorders, chronic body distress and dieting “disorders” and how we can help our clients learn new roles that carry greater health and wellness.

In addition, we explore the newer Family Constellations and how multi-generational trauma may be related to a person’s current eating disorder or body image struggles. (After all, we get our body from the ancestors!)

Finally, we will explore how distress with body image is rampant in our society as we increasingly look to "consumption" as providing satisfaction.

In this training workshop, you will learn:

The use of art to address unconscious connections with food, feelings and personal history.

How experiential skills can address and heal eating disorders and their numerous advantages over the cognitive-behavioral approach.

How to blend experiential methods with traditional talk therapy.

How to assess the roles that are at play with a person with eating disorders or body image struggles.

How to support a client in learning new roles through the psychodramatic techniques of mirroring, soliloquy, role reversal and the like.

How to facilitate safe expression of feelings without numbing with food or dissociation.

How to develop empathy for our bodies.

How to “feed the brain” with positive food choices.

The trauma connection – including the aspects of multi-generational trauma – with eating disorders.

There will be ample time for questions, discussion and case consultation, as well as the option to address personal issues in a confidential atmosphere.

The fee for this training workshop is $85 if registered by Aug. 1 and $105 after. The tuition includes the training day; CE credits for social workers, marriage and family therapists and licensed professional counselors; psychodrama credit hours toward psychodrama certification; handouts; and healthy snacks.

This training day is suitable for:

Mental health professionals, marriage and family therapists, creative arts therapists, addiction counselors, physicians and other medical professionals, personal and executive coaches, educators, clergy, community and social activists, alternative health practitioners and others interested in experiential methods.

Participants will have the option to address personal issues in a supportive and confidential setting, as well as bring past or present client cases forward for supervision.

You may register in one of two ways:

Send check payable to Karen Carnabucci to 213 W. Liberty St. #251, Lancaster, PA 17603.

Register online with your credit card here on Eventbrite.

In addition

A selection of Karen’s books, including “Show and Tell Psychodrama: Skills for Therapists, Coaches, Teachers, Leaders” and “Healing Eating Disorders with Psychodrama and Other Action Methods: Beyond the Silence and the Fury,” will be available for sale.

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Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, TEP at realtruekaren.com