Feminist Relational Perspectives and Beyond: Eating Disorders Across the Lifespan and In Diverse Populations
The manifestations of eating disorders can appear at any point throughout the lifespan. When they occur during developmental transitions, one’s vulnerability is often increased. Age, size, ethnicity, race, genetics, ability, class, gender, religion, sexual orientation or identity, singly or in any combination, also may contribute to the risk of developing the illness.
Conference 2016 will examine these features as well as the influence of maladaptive attachment, the impact of trauma and the marginalization of self – all of which may keep clients stuck and unable to identify or access potential pathways towards healing and recovery. We will further explore, through a feminist relational lens, the way in which intersecting forms of oppression may affect the development and treatment of eating disorders.
Anne-Marie Slaughter, Author of Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family and Why Women Still Can’t Have It All, Essay in The Atlantic
Diana Fosha, PhD, Developer of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychology (AEDP) and Author of The Transforming Power of Affect: A Model for Accelerated Change
Gayle E. Brooks, PhD and Rachel Levine, MD on Personal, Political and Clinical Issues of Race and Gender
Rachel Simmons, Author of Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls and Curse of the Good Girl
Among the many topics featured are Etiological and maintaining factors; Developmental stages and transitions, including research; Treatment implications for different age populations; Influence of marginalization, sustained trauma, family dynamics; Intersection of obesity management and eating disorder treatment; Medical and co-morbid conditions; Bullying; Gender diversity/gender fluidity; Transgender; Social Justice; Weight stigma and prevention and Self of the Therapist.