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Psychodynamic Perspectives on Working with Bulimia

A 1 day seminar led by Em Farrell & Marilyn Lawrence

Saturday 4 July 2015

09.30   Registration and coffee
10.00   Marilyn Lawrence (talk)

This lecture takes as its starting point the Gerald Russell’s assertion (1979) that Bulimia Nervosa is an ‘ominous variant’ of Anorexia Nervosa. We shall look at differences and continuities between the disorders and try to describe how the symptoms work in different ways to avoid depression and create a false sense of well-being. We will also consider how the two disorders can be understood in relation to the psychoanalytic notions of the life and death drives. Using clinical examples, the presentation will explore ways in which psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis can be effective approaches to treatment.
11.00   Coffee
11.30   Marilyn Lawrence (workshop)

In this clinical workshop Marilyn will work with participants’ own cases with bulimic patients, and members are warmly invited to bring examples, including detailed notes if they have them.
13.00   Lunch break (Lunch is not included at this event)
14.00   Em Farrell (talk)

Bulimia is the secret member of the eating disorders family. In this presentation Em Farrell will discuss the role of the bulimic ritual in the psyche of the sufferer and how to explore it sensitively in the consulting room. She will also consider the role of body products, such as vomit, in the condition. Some of this is quite complex theoretically and in preparation we suggest that you read the chapter ‘Body Products and Transitional Phenomena’ from Em Farrell’s book Lost for Words (1995).
15.00   Tea
15.15   Em Farrell (workshop)

This session will give people the opportunity to identify with the secret aspect of bulimic behaviour through experiential exercises. You will have the opportunity to work with and to consider some of the powerful transference and counter transference issues that are raised when working with the bulimic symptom.
16.45   Discussion
17.00   End

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William T. Ayton -

Self-funded: £130
Organisationally-funded: £200
CPD Hours

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

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

09.30 Registration and drinks
10.00 Start
11:00 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:00 Tea
17.00 End