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Office of Susan Gutwill

495 West End Avenue

Suite 7D

New York, NY 10024

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4.0 CE Credit Workshop

Description of the workshop:

In this workshop we will explore way to honor the embodied trauma of being very large in our society and thus functioning as the “bad object” for others, using relational, embodied and cognitive strategies.
Participants will learn about the impact of the social world on clinical work and the need to do the work of “mourning” in order to honor ourselves and our clients in the face of this traumatizing culture. We will focus on therapist’s countertransference when being near and treating very large women. We will also explore the experience of being a large-bodied therapist.

We will discuss current concepts about and causes of “obesity,” including:
- changing concepts of female beauty from the Rubenesque ideal to the contemporary requirement of hyper-thinness
- The effects of giant corporations that sell diets as well as beauty and style and their advertisers
-The chemical and hormonal consequences of agribusiness, which grows, processes, packages and distributes food
- The shaming impact of these industries and their advertisers’ on women’s psyches and bodies through the unconscious internalization of cultural messages
- The evolution of unrealistic pathologizing BMI measurements
-The focus on the body as an illusory source of control and safety in neoliberal society, which slashes the social safety net while escalating multiple social crises
-The effects of sexual abuse and violence against women on the creation of eating problems and body image dysphoria
-Considerations and contributions of the Health at Any Size movement and other groups opposing weight prejudice

Description of teaching methods to be used: didactic, experiential and interactive

Susan Gutwill, AbD/PhD, LCSW is a sociologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She is on the faculty of The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute (WTCI) in NYC and of Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (CPPNJ) of New Jersey. At CPPNJ she has lead a study group for three years that is now providing CPPNJ Programs on Eating Problems and Body Image Suffering for Institute Trainees and for Practitioners in NJ and NY. She has taught, lectured and presented for practitioners for over 30 years. She is a member of Section 9 of Division 39 of the APA, Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility.

Her most recent publication is “Toward Social Justice: the continuum of eating and body image problems:how social and psychological realities converge into an embodied epidemic. In Psychoanalytic Treatment of Eating Disorders, Ed Tom Wooldridge,2018,She is co-author of Eating Problems: A Feminist Psychoanalytic Treatment Model, by Carol Bloom, Andrea Gitter, Susan Gutwill, Laura Kogel and Lela Zaphiropoulos. She is also a co-editor and contributor to Psychoanalysis, Class and Politics,with Lynne Layton and Nancy Hollander.

She also teaches in many settings, most recently a case studies series co-sponsored by The Rutgers Graduate School Continuing Education program with CPPNJ.
Her private practice is in Highland Park, NJ and NY, NY

Location: 495 West End Ave., 7D, NY, NY 10024 (corner 84thSt.)

January 19, 2019, 11am-3pm

Learning Objectives:

The practitioner will learn to:

  1. Understand and practice how to reach their clients’ shame in order to grieve the

    pain they have endured by being the “bad object,” within themselves and in their

    social, economic and political surround

  2. Understand how to honor that pain with compassion

  3. Work with client’s so they can return to eating with their true body signals of

    hunger and satiation

  4. Develop a practice to see the interaction of psychic, interpersonal and socially

    determined suffering

  5. Understand the impact of organizations such as Health At Any Size and other

    groups opposing weight prejudice which are organizing to fight weight prejudice.

  6. Think critically about the concept of “obesity” and its evolution

  7. Understand how most women and some men unconsciously internalize the hatred

    and stigma against fat

  8. Understand how the diet, style and beauty agribusiness and their advertisers profit

    by shaming women

  9. Understand how these same corporations actually create fatness

    Refund Policy: 2 weeks prior to the workshop: 100% refund. 1 week prior to the event: 50% refund.

    The Women's Therapy Centre Institute Training Program is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Workers as an approved provider of continuing education for NYS licensed social workers #SW-0361. We are recognized by The NYS Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists #CAT-0018, and NYS licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0102.

    The New York State Education Department has approved this wokshop for 4.0 contact hours (CEUs) for NYS licensed LCATs, LMSWs, LCSWs, and LMHCs.

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