Trauma and Eating Disorders
"The literature says that 30% to 40% of the patients who engage in eating disorder behaviors are, in fact, survivors of sexual trauma, and I believe another whole cohort of those folks have experienced other kinds of trauma
If you think about it, being 90 pounds or being 300 pounds is a very visible, tangible way to say, Im in pain." Lisa Ferentz
Until recently, the focus of eating disorder treatment has been on getting the sometimes life-threatening symptoms under control. In the process, underlying trauma issues have often been ignored. Now, new treatment approaches are being developed that address trauma and eating disorders in an integrated fashion.
In these videos, clinicians Lisa Ferentz, Mark Schwartz, Jeanne Folks, Carolyn Costin, Lori Galperin, Jane Blackwell, Melissa Kinser, and Richard Schwartz explore the special treatment issues that this dual diagnosis presents. The presenters emphasize the importance of working with the eating disordered part of self that encapsulates the trauma of the past. In addition, seven current or former clients relate how trauma and eating disorders have impacted their lives, and how they have worked to overcome those effects. Released 2003.
Trauma and Eating Disorders I: Clinical Presentations
(#266, 42 min.)
Eating Disorders as Communication
Eating Disorders as Means of Gaining Control
Eating Disorders as Trauma Reenactment
Eating Disorders as Substitute for Intimacy
Features of Binge Eating, Bulimia, and Anorexia
Dissociation of Parts of Self
Trauma and Eating Disorders II: Treatment Issues
(#267, 41 min.)
Finding the Functions of the Eating Disorder
Replacing the Eating Disorder Habit
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Also available: It’s Not About the Food (#268, 30 min.)
For a description of this condensed version for clients, see Videos for Survivors
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About the Presenters
Lisa R. Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA, is a private practitioner in Baltimore who specializes in working with trauma survivors. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, provides clinical consultation to practitioners as well as community agencies, and has written several articles on self-injurious behavior. In addition, she lectures nationally and offers many workshops related to trauma and professional self-care.
Jeanne C. Folks, DMin, LPC, is a therapist in private practice in Avon, Connecticut. As clinical preceptor at the University of Connecticut Medical School, she co-facilitates a course on the principles of clinical medicine for first and second year medical students. She currently is working on a book about bulimia.
Lori D. Galperin, LCSW, is clinical co-director and co-administrator at Castlewood Treatment Center. She has worked as clinical co-director of the sexual trauma programs at River Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, Two Rivers Psychiatric Hospital, and Del Amo Hospital. She has given numerous workshops and presentations on trauma, sexual compulsivity, and relationship issues.
Mark F. Schwartz, ScD, is clinical co-director and co-administrator at Castlewood Treatment Center in Ballwin, Missouri, an inpatient facility for individuals with eating disorders. He is the author of numerous articles and textbook chapters, and is the co-editor of Sexual Abuse and Eating Disorders (Brunner/Mazel, 1996). His clinical specialties include PTSD, compulsive behavior and self-injury, marriage counseling, and medical psychology.
Carolyn Costin, MFCC, is the founder and director of The Monte Nido Treatment Center, an inpatient eating disorders program in Malibu, California. She gives lectures and workshops on the treatment of eating disorders to professionals around the country, and is the author of Your Dieting Daughter (Brunner/Mazel).
Jane Blackwell, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Salt Lake City. She has served as Director of Medical Psychology for St. Benedicts Hospital in Ogden, and was the founding director for the inpatient and outpatient Eating Disorders Program at Cottonwood Hospital and Wasatch Canyons Hospital. She has taught psychology classes at the college level in Washington and Oregon, and has conducted various workshops and presentations in California, Washington, Oregon, Utah and Hawaii.
Melissa Strachan Kinser, PsyD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology. She specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment for patients with negative body images. She currently conducts individual and group body image therapy at Castlewood Treatment Center.
Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, founded and developed the Internal Family Systems Model of PsychotherapyM, which is one of the fastest growing approaches to psychotherapy today. In 2000, he established The Center for Self Leadership in Oak Park, Illinois. Dr. Schwartz is author of the books Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model and Internal Family Systems Therapy. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
The Trainer’s Guide
The 38-page trainer’s guide includes objectives, reproducible outlines for note-taking, review and discussion questions, a resource list, and a book chapter, described below.
Carolyn Costin’s book chapter, "Body Image Disturbance in Eating Disorders and Sexual Abuse," appears in Sexual Abuse and Eating Disorders, edited by Mark Schwartz and Leigh Cohn (Brunner/Mazel, 1996), and discusses the following:
Body image development and disturbance
The psyche and soma split
Eating disorders as adaptive functions
Understanding body self and body image development and disturbance
Understanding the eating disorder self
Contacting the eating disorder self
Special considerations for the therapist