Many patients with eating disorders suffer from co-morbid conditions, warranting complex treatments which incorporate the best that art and science have to offer. This workshop weaves together current research, treatment trends and clinical insight. Conceptualizing eating disorders as biopsychosocial phenomena puts to rest the validity of any dichotomy between the biology and the psychology of lived experience. Plato’s philosophical stance that “the cure of the part should not be attempted without treatment of the whole” underscores an emerging treatment paradigm blending holistic approaches with traditional practices to produce a “whole” that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Strategies culled from body-oriented therapies will be explored through film clips, demonstration and experiential exercises. The healing power of the therapeutic relationship and the therapeutic use of intuition and creativity will be addressed.