Please join Dr. Judith Brisman for a screening of Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image, a documentary about body image and the industry leaders challenging society’s unrealistic and dangerous standards of beauty. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion between Dr. Brisman, Straight/Curve director Jenny McQuaile, supermodel Emme, model Jennie Runk, and Project HEAL Director of Volunteer Services Ali Hougnou.

Film Synopsis

Ninety percent of women and young girls say they do not feel represented in the fashion industry or in media, and that the imagery they consume on a daily basis makes them feel “disgusting” and “less than”. The exciting new documentary Straight/Curve examines the industries and obstacles responsible for this body image crisis and showcases the dynamic leaders fighting for more diversity of size, race and age. At a time when our brain processes images 60,000 times faster than words Straight/Curve sets out to change the imagery we are seeing and to bolster a movement that is redefining society’s unrealistic and dangerous standards of beauty to impact society at large.


Location: Trevor Day School, 312 East 95th Street
Timetable: 6:30pm: Doors open | 7:00pm: Screening | 8:30pm: Panel discussion

Dr. Brisman will be presenting with Dr. Judith Ruskay Rabinor on Friday November 10th, 3:30-6:30pm,  a talk titled Clinical Supervision: Guidelines When Working with Eating Disordered Patients and Their Families. Evidence based data and clinical wisdom agree that recovery is  enhanced when family members are included in treatment.  However, clinicians often are challenged as to how to proceed. Drs. Brisman and Rabinor will offer principles of engagement and strategic interventions that guide the supervision of complex family cases. Discussion of participants’ treatment cases will be encouraged.

Each week Kaila Prins meets with the experts in fitness, nutrition, health at every size, eating disorder recovery, addiction, and more to chart the path toward self-esteem and body positivity. In this episode of her “Finding Our Hunger” podcast, she talks with Dr. Judith Brisman, discussing the following and so much more!

  • Why your #DiscoveryNotRecovery is like a kaleidoscope
  • How orthorexia becomes a way to stop listening to your body
  • The importance of “not-knowing” in #recovery
  • Why we don’t see images of “real eating” in the media

Today, Dr. Judith Brisman joins Kathy Cortese LCSW to talk about parents and eating disorders. Specifically, they review 3 different cases, and Dr. Brisman offers her advice for parents in these situations.

Our Monthly Support Group is currently not running. Please contact Eating Disorder Hope for a list of current support groups in the tristate area.

Dr. Brisman will talk with the staff of IntrinPsych regarding the treatment of the eating disordered patient.  An intricate interweaving of behavioral intervention with psychodynamic understanding is needed to allow for enduring change. This training session is for IntrinPsych staff only.

Parents and friends—Dr. Brisman, author of Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family and Friends, will discuss how you can best set the stage for recovery when someone you love is in trouble with food. What can you say, what should you do if you are worried? Dr. Brisman will discuss what works, what doesn’t… and why.

Dr. Judith Brisman and ​Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh, MS will discuss the role of parents in the treatment of eating disorders.  Parental involvement is always needed but not everyone agrees as to what that involvement should look like and how it can fit into the work of a treatment team? Please join us for an interesting discussion about what works with parents, what doesn’t… and why.

Drs Brisman and St. Claire will discuss the complications involved when treating a college student with an eating disorder. What is needed to allow for effective treatment? What responsibilities do colleges have in terms of mandating care? How can you deal with parents if they live out of town? This talk will allow for an open discussion of how the eating disordered college student can best be treated both within and outside of the confines of the college arena. For New School Health Service Professionals Only.

Controversy abounds with regard to the role of the family in the treatment of eating disorders. When should the family be directly involved in the re-feeding of their anorexic teen or child? When will this kind of helping hurt? This talk will present an approach to treatment that interweaves direct behavioral intervention with an Interpersonal family systems treatment, allowing for both change in the disordered eating and an expansion and enhancement of family interchanges. Maudsley inspired Family-based treatment will also be explored in which parents directly feed their anorexic child. How to consider what best helps will be the focus of this talk. What should we do with each family-and why? This course will help therapists:

  • Identify the difference between a family based treatment approach versus a family systems approach.
  • Explain the basic principles underlying a systems approach which encourages parental disengagement from direct feeding of the AN child.
  • List the principles and benefits of a family-based treatment approach with young children and young teens.