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Reasons Eating Disorder Center Online CE Event: The Curious Observer: The Mindful Path to Working with Countertransference with Eating Disorder Patients

October 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

Details: Professional Seminar Presented by Nikki Rollo, Ph.D., LMFT, CEDS-S – Founding Chair, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp)

It is a normal experience to be affected by our patients. As clinicians, we will find ourselves touched by the pain, courage, and resiliency of those who come to us for help. We will care deeply for their psychological, spiritual, and physical well-being. We also sit in the consultation room with our own bodies, our own stories, and our own woundings. Our countertransference reactions may present in the form of compassion fatigue, anger, frustration, admiration, caretaking, boredom, worry, over-personalizing, or psychosomatic symptoms. Clinicians working with patients diagnosed with eating disorders are often presented with clinical issues brimming with complicated multilayered challenges and ambivalence about treatment and recovery. Due to the nature of these problems with eating, food, and body, this may present itself in the therapeutic relationship or treatment milieu as a significant disconnect in treatment goals between clinician/treatment team and the patient. These scenarios may be ripe for transference and countertransference work. While the therapist-patient relationship is known to be a reliable predictor of positive outcomes in treatment, transference and countertransference opportunities require care and attention or they may become obstacles impeding the healing effects of this relationship.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify common countertransference reactions in working with eating disorder patients
  • Recognize signs of somatic countertransference in their own bodies
  • Discuss specific ways in which the use of mindfulness practices help manage countertransference reactions

Location: Online
Time:  12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PDT
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October 23
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT


Reasons Eating Disorder Center
4619 Rosemead Boulevard
Rosemead, CA 91770 United States


Reasons Eating Disorder Center