Family issues often become exacerbated in the treatment of eating disorders. Ruptures can arise from misattunement, ineffective communication and boundary violations. This workshop will teach participants how to anticipate, address and use ruptures in family healing. Using didactic, clinical and experiential material, Intergrative Interpersonal strategies will be demonstrated that allow for symptomatic reduction and relational growth. There will be a focus on symptom reduction, affect regulation, mindfulness and the use of self disclosure on the part of the therapist to resolve therapeutic rupture and to recognize and identify longstanding problematic relational patterns. Click here for full details.

Dr. Judith Brisman PhD C.E.D.S and Dr. Judith Rabinor PhD will teach this workshop focusing on working with families during the upcoming iaedp Symposium 2022. The iaedp™ Board of Directors decided that this year the program will be presented virtually only and not onsite.

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.

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.

Dr. Brisman offers both individual and group training regarding the treatment of the eating disordered patient. She works to integrate direct intervention regarding the problematic behaviors with psychological understanding of the symptoms. Dr. Brisman can meet one time or for ongoing consultations regarding professionals’ work with patients.

Dr. Brisman runs a case presentation group bi-monthly in which cases are presented, papers discussed and the intricacies of work with individual patients and families are explored. Please contact Dr. Brisman if you are interested in participating in this group. The group meets every other Wednesday from 11:00am to 12 noon.

Dr. Brisman has trained professionals internationally in a variety of different settings. She is available to work with health care facilities in corporate, university or hospital settings. Online consultations are also available.

For more information, please contact Dr. Brisman.

Discussion with Melanie Rogers MS, RDN, CDN, CEDRD regarding balancing intensive IOP/ Day Program treatment with outpatient psychotherapy. The complicated interweaving of needs of the patients, families and treatment providers was discussed.


This advanced skill-building workshop will provide mental health professionals with valuable insights and practical strategies for intervening with challenging adolescents. The focus will be upon treatment planning and intervention approaches involving parents as potential partners in the therapeutic process.  Speakers: Judith Brisman, Ph.D. & Judith Ruskay Rabinor, Ph.D.