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Emotional Eating, Chronic Dieting, Bingeing and Body Image: What Every Clinician Needs to Know

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“I’m too fat.”   “I’m on a diet.”   “Today is a cheat day.”   "Once I lose weight, I’ll be happier.”   “My eating is out of control.” This kind of language...
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Faculty:
Judith Matz
Duration:
6 Hours 26 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Jul 10, 2020

Description

“I’m too fat.”   “I’m on a diet.”   “Today is a cheat day.”   "Once I lose weight, I’ll be happier.”   “My eating is out of control.”

This kind of language runs rampant in our society and has no doubt made its way to your office. Clients who struggle with weight and food issues get caught in a vortex of shame, preoccupation, and hopelessness. Trapped between the rigidity of dieting and the chaos of overeating, every day can be an emotional battle that may exacerbate or even result in low self-worth, eating disorders, anxiety, or depression.

Treatment of these issues is more than a matter of weight loss or self-control. In fact, many times these very interventions do more harm than good!

Join Judith Matz as she shows you how to help your clients identify the shame that is woven into the diet-binge cycle, challenge unhelpful thoughts and feelings, and repair dysfunctional relationships with food - no willpower necessary!

Packed with practical tips and backed by research, this comprehensive recording will teach you how to:

  • Identify issues related to food, weight and body image in your very first session
  • Utilize CBT, mindfulness, and attuned eating strategies to transform shame into empowerment
  • Discover personal bias and attitudes that may be counterproductive to the therapeutic process
  • Help clients develop a healthy framework that ends out of control eating and is not subject to fad diets
  • Learn why clients get stuck in the diet/binge cycle and how to finally break it

Handouts

Outline

Assessment
  • 3 crucial questions to ask at intake
  • DSM-5®: Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
  • The difference between BED, disordered eating, and emotional overeating
  • Sub-clinical disordered eating patterns
The Root of the Problem
  • The backdrop of diet culture
  • Why dieting doesn’t work and weight is not the problem
  • Food as a form of affect regulation
  • Shame about food and body size
  • Co-morbid mental health conditions
Moving Clients from Shame to Empowerment: Treatment Strategies that Work
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    • Challenge the problem of good/bad thinking
    • Restructure thoughts to be more curious and less judgmental
    • End negative body talk and challenge internalized weight stigma
  • Mindfulness Practices That Promote Emotional Regulation
    • Guided visualizations that bring emotional calm
    • Diaphragmatic breathing exercise
    • Taking in The Good (Hanson’s Buddha Brain practice)
  • Self-Compassion Skills That Are Essential to Recovery
    • How compassion reduces overeating and bingeing
    • Allowing for and tolerating emotional experiences
    • Neff’s 3 steps of self-compassion
  • Attuned Eating: The Antidote to Diet Failure
    • Implementing the 3 steps of attuned eating
    • Tools to help clients overcome common obstacles
    • Psychological vs. physiological hunger
    • Working with different eating styles (vegetarian, health concerns, etc.)
  • The Health at Every Size (HAES) Approach
    • 5 principles of HAES to apply to your practice immediately
    • Debunk myths about weight and health - a look at the evidence
    • Become a HAES-informed therapist
Clinical Considerations
  • How therapists may inadvertently contribute to fat-shaming
  • Manage issues of countertransference regarding body size
  • Considerations for individual vs. group treatment
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Faculty

Emotional Eating, Chronic Dieting, Bingeing and Body Image: What Every Clinician Needs to Know

Judith Matz, LCSW Related seminars and products: 4


Judith Matz, LCSW, is co-author of the Body Positivity Card Deck and two books on the topics of eating and weight struggles, Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Comprehensive Guide to Treating Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Eating and Emotional Overeating, has been called “the new bible” on this topic for professionals. The Diet Survivor’s Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care was a #1 bestseller on Amazon and a favorite resource for therapists to use with clients. She is also the author of Amanda’s Big Dream, a children’s book that helps kids to pursue their dreams - at any size! Judith has a private practice in Skokie, IL, where she focuses her work with clients who want to get off the diet/binge rollercoaster and learn to feel at home in their bodies. Through her individual counseling, groups, workshops, presentations and books, Judith has helped thousands of people to develop self-care skills that increase physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing without a focus on the pursuit of weight loss. Through educational programs, she is dedicated to helping people end the preoccupation with food and weight. Judith received her MSW at University of Michigan and earned her post-graduate certificate at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, where she trained in the treatment of eating disorders. Judith is a frequent contributor to the Psychotherapy Networker magazine and a popular speaker at national conferences. Descriptions of her work have appeared in the media including the New York Times, LA Times, Allure, Fitness, Self, Shape, Today’s Dietitian, Diabetes Self-Management, NBC News Chicago, Huffington Post Live, and she appears in the documentary America The Beautiful 2.

 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Judith Matz is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Judith Matz is a member of the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH).