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Making Connections: the Role of Interpersonal Process Groups in ED Tx

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens

2612 Lane Park Road

Birmingham, AL 35223

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8:30-8:45am: Breakfast and registration

8:45am-11:45pm: presentation, 3 CEUs will be provided by Alsana



Making connections: The Role of Interpersonal Process Groups in Eating Disorder Treatment

Presenters: Lauren Walther, LCSW, and Jill Lewis, LCSW, CEDS, CGP

The presenters will provide a brief power point on group roles, norms, frames, and techniques of interpersonal process groups. An experiential fishbowl, group conversation, interactive participation, lecture and their own experience will help inform and explain the benefits of group work. This would be of great benefit to anyone who has ever run, wanted to run/start a group, or to feel more comfortable in the role as group leader.

Abstract:

The group modality provides a unique therapeutic space, beyond individual work, for clients to “show up,” be seen, feel supported, and identify with others. The group frame can be particularly useful for clients struggling with eating disorders (ED) because vulnerability within a group has particular meanings for this population. Behavioral groups are often the standard for outpatient ED treatment plans due to the practicality of skills-based curriculums for ED behaviors. However, emphasizing skills-learning limits clients’ opportunities to explore unconscious drivers of behavior including transferences, family roles, and emotional templates. Interpersonal process groups in outpatient ED treatment allow for clients with ED to find their own voices, connect with themselves and others, and navigate how to take up space.

This presentation will outline the advantages of interpersonal process groups for outpatient ED treatment. Presenters will engage attendees in discussion comparing and contrasting the use of behavioral groups and interpersonal groups for the ED population. Usefulness of interpersonal process groups for ED treatment will be demonstrated via case presentations. Attendees will be educated on specific process group techniques and understand the facilitator’s role in these groups. Techniques and facilitator’s role for an interpersonal process group will be demonstrated via experiential fish bowl. Four to eight attendees will volunteer to participate in an interpersonal group process led by a seasoned group therapist for 45 minutes. Following the process group, presenters will lead a discussion about what was observed and experienced throughout the demonstration. As a result of the presentation, attendees will gain knowledge about at least two similarities and two differences between behavioral groups and process groups, have an increased vocabulary for the structure of interpersonal process groups, and learn at least two process-oriented group techniques.

Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to identify two similarities and two differences between behavioral groups and interpersonal process groups for eating disorder population.
  2. Attendees will learn at least two process-oriented techniques.
  3. Attendees will gain an increased vocabulary for the structure of interpersonal process groups.

Summary of day:

75 minutes: Didactic presentation

5 minutes: prep for fishbowl

45 minutes: Experiential fish bowl

10 minutes: Bathroom break (optional)

20 minutes: Discussion by outside group then fish bowl

25 minutes: Summary of techniques, Q & A and conclusion

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Birmingham, AL 35223

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