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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
Working with Eating Disorders: Psychodynamic Perspectives
Led by Em Farrell and Marilyn Lawrence

Saturday 11 October 2014 - SOLD OUT

09.30   Registration and Coffee
10.00   Marilyn Lawrence

How psychoanalysis helps us understand what may lie beneath eating disorders
In this introduction, the principle contributions which psychoanalysis has made to the understanding of eating disorders will be critically reviewed. This will be something of a whistle-stop tour, starting with Freud and ending with where we find ourselves today. Following this, there will be a deeper reflection on how psychoanalysis has really been able to help us understand what may lie beneath the troubling and dangerous symptoms of eating disorders and why they sometimes seem intractable.
11.00   Coffee Break
11.30   Marilyn Lawrence

A psychoanalytic approach to eating disorders - workshops and case presentations
This will essentially be a clinical seminar, in which aspects of our clinical work will be presented and discussed. Following a case presentation by the speaker, participants will be given the opportunity to share detailed accounts of your own experience with patients, particularly where you are challenged by a negative therapeutic reaction, for example, or complex transference/countertransference dynamics.
13.00   Lunch (please note that lunch is not included at this venue)
14.00   Em Farrell

Reaching a place where the anorectic can say ‘No’ to the super ego and ‘Yes’ to herself - Talk
A woman with anorexia is often in the grip of a death-dealing super ego, which prevents her from engaging with her own body, her own life and with the therapy. In this theoretical presentation we will focus on how this appears in the consulting room and how to begin working with it. Em will explain how to get the patient to the point where she can consider fighting for herself. This awakens a healthy part of her, who then becomes able to work with the psychotherapist so creating an effective therapeutic alliance. This allows the all-powerful 'No', that the anorectic uses to keep food and others out, to be placed to one side, often temporarily to begin with, so that she can say 'yes' to herself and her own desire to take part in life.
15.00   Tea
15.15   Em Farrell

Reaching a place where the anorectic can say ‘No’ to the super ego and ‘Yes’ to herself - Workshop
17.00   End

Self-funded: £120
Organisationally-funded: £210
CPD Hours

Certificates of Attendance for 6.5 hours will be provided at the event

Seminar Suite
Grange Fitzrovia
Bolsover Street

Registration: 09.30
Start: 10.00
End: 17.00