90 Minute Workshop

Treating the Complex, Eating-Disordered, Self-Harming Trauma Patient

Sunday, March 25
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Indiana

The treatment of trauma patients who present with eating disorders or self-harm is complex. Further, when both an eating disorder and self-harm are present, treatment needs to focus on the patient’s more insidious concerns, including dissociation, self-loathing, anger, and hatred.

Dealing with the complex, eating-disordered, self-harming trauma patient’s emotional life can challenge even the most experienced clinician. For such patients, treatment that utilizes a relational approach, but offers both flexibility and structure to guide clinical decision making and to address insidious concerns, is vital.

In this workshop, the Structural Process Model for working with the complex symptoms of these patients is presented and discussed. This model, based on self-regulation, provides guidance for structuring when and how the clinician and the patient address the more salient aspects of the treatment while, at the same time, addressing discrete tasks. Further, the model provides a means to determine when treatment may be going off course and a means for getting it back on course.

Learning Objectives:

John L. Levitt

Alternatives Centr for Counseling
Schaumburg, Illinois

Dr. Levitt has more than 40 years’ experience working with eating disorders, self-injury, trauma, and the complex relapsing client. He has been an active participant in the fields of eating disorders, family therapy, and trauma as a clinician, consultant, program developer, supervisor/trainer, and presenter. He has taught widely, co-authored one book, co-edited three other books, and has numerous publications. Dr. Levitt has presented nationally and internationally on the topics of eating disorders, trauma, self-injury, complex symptomatology (including the chronic relapsing client), assessment and intervention.


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Grace Tomas-Tolentino

Core Psychotherapy Center, Ltd.
Schaumburg, Illinois

Grace Tomas-Tolentino, PhD, is the founder and director of Core Psychotherapy Center. She works primarily with adult survivors of childhood abuse, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sex trafficking, and torture. She specializes in the treatment of PTSD, dissociative disorders, somatoform disorders, self-injury, and eating disorders. She offers individual psychotherapy and facilitates groups for adult women survivors of childhood sexual abuse and groups for women and men that focus on the impact of trauma on sexuality and sexual intimacy. She is trained in clinical hypnosis through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She is the current president of the ISSTD Northwest Illinois Component Group.


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