Pekin, IL (PressExposure) January 27, 2012 -- Those suffering from eating disorders struggle with the idea of identity and self-image, unable to see clearly who they are emotionally and physically. During the presentation, "Psychodrama: Tools of Change" at the iaedp Symposium 2012, Mary Bellofatto, MA, LMHC, CEDS, TEP, NCC and Nancy Kirsner, PhD, M.Ed, OTR, TEP will lead a workshop on the efficacy of psychodrama therapy and how it can help patients overcome their struggle with one of the major stumbling blocks on the road to recovery.
"Openly communicating pain is paramount in one's steps toward recovering from an eating disorder. Unfortunately, it is also one of the more difficult steps," said Bonnie Harken, managing director at The iaedp Foundation. "This workshop will guide counselors through the basic tenets of psychodrama therapy, focusing on its effectiveness in opening an active line of communication."
Through psychodrama's approach to one's behaviors and spirituality, assessment of the lack of connection and correlation to present behaviors and cognitions is possible. By connecting this information through drama to explore eating disorder behaviors, an individual is forced to address the deeper core issues and begin to make repairs. This in turn allows for insight into identity and positive changes through the power of connection. This workshop will include a full psychodrama. With over 30 years experience in the field of eating disorders and addictions, both Bellofatto and Dr. Kirsner have a vast clinical background using expressive and creative arts as well as more traditional psychotherapeutic skills.
To register for Symposium 2012, visit http://www.iaedp.com.
Since 1985, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals has provided education and training standards to an international and multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professions.
iaedp is excited about Charleston as the site for iaedp Symposium 2012! Enjoy this incredible city during its Historic Home and Garden Week while experiencing the conference many of our attendees call "the best eating disorder conference" in the field. For more information, visit: International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.