Understanding Eating Disorders: A Psychoanalytic Perspective - Tuesday Seminar with Sharon Krikorian, PhD & Kathryn Gallagher, PhD
This seminar will explore the complex nature of eating disorders from a psychoanalytic perspective. Throughout the course, a variety of theories that attempt to conceptualize this phenomenon will be presented, and we will discuss how these theories may inform our clinical engagements. To facilitate this learning, case examples will be embedded within many of the readings and participants are encouraged to bring their own clinical experiences to discuss. A range of concepts will be covered, with a particular focus on the developmental influences thought to promote eating disordered symptoms, how these symptoms function to communicate intrapsychic and interpersonal experiences that cannot yet be integrated, and the potential impact of this symptomatology on the psychotherapy
- Participants will be able to understand eating disorders from an object relations perspective.
- Participants will be able to consider Winnicott’s concepts of failure of “personalization” and the “psyche-soma split” as conditions that exist with anorexic patients.
- Participants will be able to discuss how eating disordered symptoms communicate deficits in self-regulation and psychic organization.
- Participants will consider the function of an eating disorder as an effort to dominate or negate one’s needs and yearnings.
- Participants will be able to consider how symptoms of obesity serve as symbolic protection from excessive impingement and annihilation fears.
- Participants will be able to consider how to apply these concepts to their clinical practice with patients who present with eating disordered symptomatology.
Sharon Krikorian, PhD, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst who was previously a member of the Austen Riggs medical staff. Since retiring from the medical staff, Dr. Krikorian has continued working as a clinical supervisor for Riggs’ fellows and staff. Throughout her training and clinical practice, Dr. Krikorian studied the etiology and treatment of eating disorders and has treated numerous patients with symptoms of disordered eating.
Kathryn Gallagher, PhD, is a psychoanalyst and staff psychologist at the Austen Riggs Center and is also in private practice. Throughout her training and clinical practice, Dr. Gallagher has worked with patients who have presented with a range of eating-disordered symptomatology.
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- 7.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
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- 7.50 APA
The Austen Riggs Center, Inc. designates this for 7.50 continuing education credit(s) (CE) for psychology. The Austen Riggs Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
Austen Riggs Center, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0115.