90 Minute Workshop

Treating Binge Eating Behaviors as Responses to Trauma: Clinical Choices and Challenges

Saturday, March 24
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Salon 10

A considerable number of patients with eating disorders have trauma histories (Brewerton, 2007). This workshop will address treatment choices and challenges in individual outpatient psychotherapy with patients with complex trauma and binge eating symptoms (Brownley, Berkman, Sedway, Lohr, & Bulik, 2007). Complex trauma disorder (Cook et al., 2005) describes the long-term effects of multiple and chronic exposure to traumatic experiences. The literature on complex trauma and binge eating symptomatology will be reviewed. Workshop participants will learn how binge eating symptoms fit within the context of manifestations of complex trauma: emotional dysregulation, self-estrangement, and compromised relationships with others (Ford, Courtois, Steel, Hart, & Nijenhuis, 2005). The 3-phasic, sequenced relationship-based trauma treatment model by Courtois and Ford (2015) will be introduced. This workshop will focus on the integration of this trauma treatment model with cognitive-behavioral treatment for binge eating symptoms. Participants will discuss case examples and practice the integration of these treatment models. Participants will be asked to reflect on patient case examples through the dual lenses of CBT and trauma treatment approaches. Small group discussion will focus on clinical choices and challenges provided by the case examples. The workshop will end with open time for questions and comments. 

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Eva G. Schoen

Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Iowa City, Iowa

My name is Eva Schoen. I am a counseling psychologist (Ph.D.) by training and currently Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. I provide individual and group therapy in our outpatient behavioral health clinic as well as teach medical students and psychiatry residents in psychotherapy training seminars. My clinical work is focused on the treatment of complex trauma and the treatment of eating disorders. Many times, my patients struggle with both and need a specialized approach that takes into account not only their eating disorder symptoms but also their trauma histories. I work from an integrative theoretical perspective that combines elements of cognitive and cognitive-behavioral therapies with elements of relational approaches. I am also trained in EMDR therapy.

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