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Westbrook, CT - Body Image Therapy: A New Endeavor in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Hosted by Julia Latimer, Treatment Placement Specialists®, AWARE Recovery Care, Project Courage, and Newport Academy

Presented by:

Gina E. Macdonald, MA, LPC, CEDS-S


Date:  Friday, May 17, 2019

Breakfast, Networking and Registration:  8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Presentation: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


Water's Edge Resort & Spa
1525 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT 06498


This program has been approved for 1 CE credit by the National Association of Social Workers, CT

Program Summary:

Summary of Program Content: It is crucial that body image be addressed beyond the cognitive realm to heal one's relationship with their body in an effort to battle an eating disorder. Honoring the body's sensory abilities and felt emotions will teach the client to access to their body as self - replacing the likelihood of body disconnect. Techniques used in the newly emerging field of body image therapy, stress the importance of skills of "attunement", "kinesthetic awareness", "kinesthetic empathy" and "body scanning". These acquired skills combined with techniques of cognitive approaches ( Eg. mindfulness, cognitive/behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy) allow for a deeper connection to a "felt sense" of reality as they link pathways between the body and the brain.

Learning Objectives:

  • Better understand the complexities of body image.
  • Become familiar with the new evolving endeavor of body image therapy in treating eating disorders.
  • Gain insight into the importance of body image therapy in the treatment of eating disorders/ disordered eating.
  • Learn methods to assess and combat body image dissatisfaction and distortion.
  • Promote awareness of social media's messages impacting BI and EDs.
  •  Practice a body image technique by engaging in a guided experiential task.
  • Observe or engage in experiential therapy tasks via guided role play.
  • Recognize the importance of proper training in the field of expressive art therapies, and eating disorder treatment.
  • Expand one's knowledge of "theory and practice".

Presenter Bio:

Gina E. Macdonald, MA, LPC, CEDS-S

Gina Macdonald MA,LPC,CEDS-S has 25 years of experience working in hospitals, treatment centers and private practice in Branford, CT assisting those who struggle with body image and eating disorder symptomology.



RSVP Information: 

This is a free event, but RSVP is required by completing the form below.  If you have any questions, please contact, Julia Latimer at Julia.Latimer@acadiahealthcare.com  or call/text (475) 529-5715.

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Marks of Quality Care
  • FBI National Academy Associates
  • Higher Education Case Management Association (HECMA)
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • The Jason Foundation