Hungry for More: The Therapist’s Challenge When Working with Eating Disorders

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Using Interpersonal theory and a discussion of dissociation as a backdrop for exploration, this seminar will discuss how the treatment of eating disorders allows for an exaggerated version of what we may consider a more traditional analysis.

Work with eating disorders involves an ongoing intermix of behavioral intervention and psychodynamic exploration.  When are direct interventions with food and weight needed? When is this kind of behavioral focus a repetition of problematic relational patterns– both for the patient and for the therapist? And how can this work be considered psychoanalysis?

Ongoing there is a need to question what part of the patient– and what part of the analyst – is present at any given time.  The goal overall is to allow for an exchange of hungers.  Here, an awareness of the therapist’s hunger for change and hope, and alternately the shutdown of any needs,  may be as critical as knowing the experience of hunger the patient has brought into the room.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how to integrate behavioral interventions within a psychoanalytic framework.
  2. With Interpersonal thinking as a backdrop, learn how the use of the therapist’s self-experience can facilitate therapeutic work.
  3. Learn how to question the difference between developmental capacity and relational dynamics in the therapeutic exchange.

Part of the Professional Vulnerability: Dread, Hope and Resilience Seminar Series.

Seminar Information


February 12, 2023


10:00 am-1:00 p.m. EST


Online, live via Zoom




$75 – General Admission
$50 – Derner Alum, Adelphi faculty/clinical supervisor, Non-Adelphi psychoanalytic Candidate/student
$25 – Derner student/Postgraduate candidate

Registration will close 48 hours prior to the start of the event.


Judith Brisman, PhD

Dr. Judith Brisman was the Founding Director of the Eating Disorder Resource Center for over 35 years. She is co-author of  Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family and Friends (now in its 4th edition). She is an associate editor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and is on the editorial board of the journal Eating Disorders .  She is a member of the teaching faculty at the William Alanson White Institute and she maintains a private practice in New York City.

Dr. Brisman is known internationally as among the first in her field to develop a treatment program for bulimic patients. She has published and lectured extensively regarding the interpersonal treatment of eating disorders.


Gail Grace, LCSW-R, BCD

Gail Grace, LCSW-R, BCD is currently adjunct faculty at the post graduate program at the Derner Institute, Adelphi University where she also serves as a supervisor. Gail has a private practice in Manhasset, NY and Manhattan. Practice focus is individuals, couples and eating disorders. Gail has worked in many NYC area hospitals in the specialties Infectious disease, maternal and child health, pediatrics, and the neonatal intensive care unit.

Case Presentation

Maria E. Guzman, Psy.D.

Credentialing Information

Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Adelphi University, Derner School of Psychology, is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0024 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0607 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0185 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0083.

Disclaimer Statement

This continuing education seminar, seminar instructor/s, and the Postgraduate Programs as the seminar’s sponsor, receive no commercial support for the content of instruction (e.g., research grants funding research findings etc.), or benefit for endorsement of products (e.g., books, training, drugs, etc.) that are known to present a conflict of interest.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds are issued for cancellations made up to 7 working days before the event. Cancellations of less than 7 days for any reason, or no-shows are not refunded. Credit towards a future event/workshop are issued for cancellations less than 7 days and up to 24 hours before the event. No credit is issued for cancellations less than 24 hours before the events or no-shows.

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