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Healing Through Nonverbal Expression: Art and Sandplay Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: IAEDP Symposium 2011

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Webinar from the 2011 International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Symposium.

This workshop will explore the use of art and sandplay therapies in the treatment of eating disorders. Eating disordered patients often have limited insight and struggle to express themselves verbally, often resorting to various self destructive means of ineffective communication. Using nonverbal therapies enables self discovery and the development of rapport and trust. These nonverbal mediums facilitate relaxation, a creative outlet, healthy manifestation of internal states, containment of emotions, and the reprocessing of traumatic experiences. Didactic presentation, examples of patient’s artwork and sandtrays, and experiential exercises will enable clinicians to understand, practice, and utilize these effective methods of treatment.

1. Challenges in Eating Disorder Treatment 1. Alexithymia 2. Diffuse Identity 3. Need for Control 4. Perfectionism and Rigidity 5. Mistrustful 6. Irrational Thinking 1. How Art Therapy Can be Helpful in Treating Eating Disorders(art demonstrating all points, directives, and identification of materials used will be displayed throughout) 1. Coping Tool Awareness and Regulation of Affect 2. Transitional Object Between Therapist and Patient 3. Numbing and Avoidance are Minimized 4. Concretes Awareness of ED 5. Externalizes Shame 6. Counters Feeling of Disconnect 7. Development of Visual Language and Metaphor for Recovery 8. Enables Shift in Thinking and Feeling 1. Art Therapy and Healing 1. Compassion for Self 2. Development of Identity without the ED 3. Imperfection as Natural Process is Realized 1. Experiential Exercise (attendees will participate in art project) 1. Sandplay Therapy 1. Sand, Tray, Figurines 2. Sandplay History 3. How it is used 4. It’s use with ED patients 1. Group Sandplay 1. Use in Group Therapy 2. Members Can See the Authenticity of their Peers 1. Exploration: How Sanplay is Helpful (Sandtrays will be displayed throughout) 1. Facilitates Insight/Symbols and Approach to Sandplay as Door to the Unconscious 2. Transitional Object Between Therapist and Patient 3. Safe Place/Containment 4. Breaks Down Maladaptive Defenses 5. Reconnecting with Creativity and “Play” 6. Tactile/Connection to Hands and Sand/Earth/Grounding 7. Confrontation Empty Space and Silence 8. Emotional Regulation 9. Empowerment/Scene in Sand Creating Their Own World

I. Series of Trays Depict Patterns in One’s Lives

1. Life Sandplay 1. Meaning in Symbols we Choose 2. Patterns and Authentic Meaning Emerge 3. Recognition of Pain Underlying ED

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This course is based on the , Healing Through Nonverbal Expression: Art and Sandplay Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: IAEDP Symposium 2011 created by Lane Gould-Hartline, APRN, BC and Emily Martinez-Whitt, PsyD

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Lane Gould-Hartline, APRN, BC

Lane received her advanced practice degree in psychiatric nursing from The University of Alabama in Birmingham. She has treated patients struggling with eating disorders for over 15 years in a variety of professional settings. Lane developed and helped implement outpatient eating disorder groups throughout the state of Alabama. In addition, she has performed workshops, participated on expert panels, and provided presentations in the field of eating disorders. Lane continues to mentor nursing students who have a passion and interest in the treatment of eating disorders. She has also been an active member in ALNEDA, the Birmingham Chapter of the Alabama National Eating Disorder Association, NEDA, and IAEDP. She is involved in past and ongoing research in the eating disorder field. She most recently co-authored the following publication: “Effectiveness of Eating Disorder Treatment in Real World Settings: Comprehensive Assessment and Outcome”; New Research Poster #N R 7-35 presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychiatric Association (May 22-27, 2010) on Wednesday, May 26, 2010. Lane recognized the lack of intensive treatment programs for patients with eating disorders in this state, and was instrumental in the development of The Eating Disorder Center of Alabama (EDCA). The EDCA at that time was the only intensive treatment available for patients with eating disorders in Alabama. The Center provides state of the art, comprehensive treatment for eating disorders.

Emily Martinez-Whitt, PsyD

Dr. Emily Whitt is a clinical psychologist at the Eating Disorder Center of Alabama. Dr. Whitt provides individual, family, and group therapy, and psychological testing to eating disordered patients. Her groups include art therapy, body image, meditation, and creative visualization. She is involved in and recently co-authored the following research: “Effectiveness of Eating Disorder Treatment in Real World Settings: Comprehensive Assessment and Outcome”, New Research Poster #NR7-35 presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychiatric Association (May 22-27, 2010), on Wednesday May 26th, 2010 Dr. Whitt is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), treats children, adolescents, and their families, and is an adjunct professor of psychology at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (iaedp). Dr. Whitt completed her clinical internship at Miami Children’s Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry and was a member of their eating disorder treatment team. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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Keith Gibson, Ph.D.

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This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, therapists, and counselors who seek to update their research knowledge and competency in treating patients with eating disorders, increase and acquire new skills, learn new intervention strategies, and obtain continuing education credits. It is appropriate for professionals at all levels of knowledge.

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  1. Following this presentation, professionals will be able to identify the advantages to using art and sandplay therapy with eating disordered patients. Relevant clinical cases and artwork will be presented.

  2. Following this presentation, professionals will be given practical examples which include topics, projects, materials, and instruction so that they will be prepared to use this therapeutic modality.

  3. Following this presentation, professionals will do their own art to reinforce objectives and enable the interpretation of common concepts.

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