Eating and The Body:
A Cultural, Relational Psychoanalytic Framework
One Year Post Graduate Training Program
OPEN HOUSE Sun. May 5, 12:00-1:30. For location RSVP 212-721-7005 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Women's Therapy Centre Institute is known for its pioneering work on women's relationship to food, feeding, and their bodies. Since the publication of Susie Orbach's Fat Is A Feminist Issue (1978), the faculty of The WTCI has further developed a theory and practice explicated in Eating Problems: A Feminist Psychoanalytic Treatment Model (1994), a widely used text for psychotherapists.
The WTCI's intensive One Year Training Program understands eating and body image problems as the way people speak about what is dissociated and unspeakable. We see these symptoms as an expression of the confluence of self, interpersonal, and cultural experience. The prejudices of our culture regarding race, class, gender, and sexual identities are contained in the contemporary idealized body: racialized Euro-American, ultra-thin, hard, toned, young, heterosexual, hypersexual, and affluent. We analyze why this limiting ideal is so compelling, how it becomes internalized, and the ways that it functions to constrain and constrict the body and mind.
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* Social causes: gender arrangements, racism, consumer capitalism, class, thinness as an ideal, and dieting as both a commercial empire and an internal object relation.
* Bodies/Race/Sexual Health/Culture.
* An experiential psychoeducational group: participants learn The WTCI's unique model of feeding oneself and living in one's body. Participants work on their own eating and body issues, observe an experienced clinician in practice, and discuss her interventions as they apply the model to themselves.
* Relational psychoanalytic theory: Klein, Fairbairn, Winnicott, and contemporary feminist theorists.
* How to implement the model: clinical work on the psychodynamic meanings and self states of the body--including hunger, food choice, satiety.
* The psychodynamics and treatment of those suffering with and speaking through bulimia, anorexia, and compulsive eating as well as the experience of living in a larger body.
WEEKS 21-22: * Working with adolescents and families.
* Explore the psychodynamics, politics, and practices of cosmetic and bariatric surgeries.
* The convergence of eating problems, trauma, and dissociation.
* Countertransference (explored throughout the program); non-verbal communication and the psyche-soma connection.
The fee for the course work
is $2150.00 per year. Individual supervision is $70.00
per session. Application fee of $50 is
non-refundable. Scholarship funding is available
based on demonstrated need. (Please note that any
financial aid request is due with the submission of your
application, and cannot be considered at a later date.)
Daytime option: Friday
mornings, 10am-noon. Evening option: Thursday evenings
This program is open to those
with graduate degrees in the mental health professions
and related fields. Applications are due by June
WTCI Faculty and Supervisors
Linda Arbus, LCSW
Linda Arkin, LCSW
Catherine Baker-Pitts, Ph.D.
Carol Bloom, LCSW
Bonnie Gitlin, LCSW
Andrea Gitter, MA, ADTR, LCAT
Susan Gutwill, MS, LCSW
Laura Kogel, LCSW, ACSW
Deborah Liner, Ph.D.
Wendy Miller, Ph.D.
Lisa Thaler, LCSW
Anne Wennerstrand, LCSW, DTR
Lela Zaphiropoulos, LCSW, ACSW
Janet Zinn, LCSW
The WTCI offers continuing education courses; six week eating and body image psycho-educational groups for both the public and practitioners; an annual lecture, workshops, and our annual event, INDWELLING: Living in a Female Body