Learning Objectives for Appetites and Urges Program

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At the conclusion of this program, the participant will:

  1. Develop an awareness of the underlying issues involved with eating disorders, compulsions and additions and specifically the use of the interpersonal perspective in this area.

  2. Develop skills necessary to hear verbal and interpret non-verbal communication when working with eating disordered, compulsive and addicted patients.

  3. Expand and deepen his/her knowledge of the interpersonal perspective and its impact on the clinical issues presented in treatment of eating disorder and addiction population. Learn to utilize the interpersonal psychological approach as a framework for the treatment of patients with eating disorders, compulsions and addictions.

  4. Increase his/her professional competency by developing awareness of the underlying issues involved with variations in the analytic frame for eating disordered, compulsive and addictive patients.

  5. Improve his/her professional clinical practice by developing an understanding of an interpersonal perspective on clinical issues related to boundary violation with the eating disorder population.

  6. Further his/her knowledge by utilizing the interpersonal psychological approach as a framework to understanding the transference/countertransference matrix in the treatment of patients with eating disorders, compulsion and addiction.

  7. Increase his/her competency by discussing the role of dissociation in the body as a form of non-verbal interpersonal communication.

  8. Describe how the back and forth of relatedness in the therapeutic dyad unfolds on a body-to-body level and  improve patient outcome by utilizing awareness of the body in the clinical encounter between analyst and patient.

  9. Learn ways of understanding verbal and non-verbal communication around issues of eating disorders, compulsions and addictions between the therapist and the patient.

  10. Foster learning of psychodynamic psychotherapy methods to use them with eating disordered, compulsive and addicted patients.

  11. Learn up-to-date science based information regarding disassociation, transference/countertransference for eating disordered, compulsive and addicted patients.

  12. Improve his/her knowledge about harm reduction therapy in the treatment of substance misuse. Further his/her knowledge of the role of the internet in compulsions and the changing nature of contemporary American social character.

  13. Examine the similarities and differences between cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapies in the treatment of eating disorders and how blending these approaches can improve patient outcomes.

  14. Increase his/her competence in treating people with primary symptoms of compulsive sexual disorder.

  15. Conceptualize on-line addiction in the broader context of sexual compulsion.

  16. Understand how the convergence of harm reduction therapy allows the clinician to individualize treatment based on the needs of each patient.

  17. Better understand the patterns of drug and alcohol abuse among young college students and increase competence in treating young adults with addiction problems.

  18. Learn the relationship of Buddhist and Psychoanalysis in working with patients in recovery and how Buddhism can help addicts connect to suffering with compassion and encourage non-judgmental self -awareness.

  19. Explore the clinical and theoretical aspects of stalking and how this addictive behavior impedes having fulfilling loving relationships.

  20. Be informed about the integration of other treatment modalities with the interpersonal framework in order to extend the knowledge in this arena to broader clinical practice.