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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Parents of Eating Disorder Patients: When, Why, and How to Bring Them in to Treatment, and When, Why, and How to Get Them Out

Exploring Eating Disorder Treatment Methods

Location: New York, NY
Venue: William Alanson White Institute

There is currently much controversy with regard to whether parents should be involved at all in their daughter or son’s treatment for an eating disorder. Approaches vary widely from family based treatments in which parents literally take responsibility for feeding their child to approaches that focus on parent-child separation, in which parents are instructed to stay out of the battles over food.  The three presenters will speak to the challenges involved with bringing these parents into and eventually out of treatment. Dynamics surrounding envy and competition, self care and self harm, family roles and expectations, as well as complications in the transference/countertransference matrix will be discussed. Clinical vignettes will be used to illustrate pragmatic as well as theoretical considerations.

Presenters: Judith Brisman, Ph.D.; Susan Klebanoff, Ph.D.; Emily Kuriloff, Psy.D.