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Integrating Brain and Body: Mindfulness, Metaphor and Experiential Methods

Start Date:
Friday, 28 April, 2017
End Date:
Friday, 28 April, 2017 4:00pm
Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Health & Nutrition

Eating disorders can present treatment challenges for even the most experienced clinician. The entrenched nature of the illness makes for a formidable foe in the therapy room. To add to the complexity of treatment, the physicality of eating disorder symptoms can sometimes hide the less obvious, but equally serious, issue - fusion with thoughts and emotions. A key element in this seminar will be how to facilitate addressing these deeper issues.

Mindfulness as a clinical intervention will be explored, discussing both the most recent research on therapeutic mindfulness and what that specifically means for the practicing clinician. The application of mindful awareness to move the client from a position of avoidance of emotion to acceptance of emotion will be demonstrated. Participants will explore how to implement experiential methods designed to circumvent cognitive fusion and will learn strategies for decoding spoken words as well as the unspoken language of the body. The power of metaphor and creativity as treatment tools will be taught through film clips, literature/poetry/music, experiential exercises and breakout groups.


The Westin Columbus 310 S. High Street Columbus,

Organizer Details

Conference organized by The Renfrew Center

The Renfrew Center has been a pioneer in the treatment of eating disorders since 1985. As the nation's first residential eating disorder facility, now with 13 locations throughout the country, Renfrew has helped more than 65,000 women with eating disorders and other behavioral health issues.Renfrew provides women suffering from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS) and related mental health problems, with the tools they need to succeed -- in recovery and in life. Offering a warm, nurturing environment, Renfrew emphasizes a respect for the unique psychology of women, the importance of a collaborative therapeutic relationship and the belief that every woman needs to actively participate in her own growth and recovery.

475 Spring Lane, Philadlephia, PA, 19128

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