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Anorexia and Cutting: Understanding and Treating Self-Harm

12.0 CE Hours Available

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Vintage courses do not offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers


To increase participants ability to:

  • Identify anorexia nervosa when it is present or developing
  • Determine appropriate actions and referrals Assess identified patientís family
  • Involve the patientís family in treatment
  • Develop and implement strategies for the coordination of the outpatient treatment team
  • Understand self-harm
  • Complete a differential diagnosis
  • Understand and manage therapist discomfort with patient symptoms
  • Understand sub-groups of cutters
  • Treat self-harming patients
  • Work with schools, parents, emergency room doctors and other physicians involved with the patient
  • Understand medications used with eating disorders and selfmutilators
  • Map a road to recovery



I Confirming Diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa

  • Initial consultation -- Establishing therapeutic rapport -- Reviewing medical and psychological history -- Obtaining family history

II The Co-Therapy Model

  • Overview of family dynamics -- Supportive counseling for parents -- Anxiety, depression, and related family issues -- Getting parents on the treatment team

III Treating Anorexia Nervosa

  • Presentation of Case Study -- Nurturant-Authoritative (N-A) approach in therapy -- Relating the N-A approach to the case study -- The role of medication

IV Skills and Techniques for the Therapist

  • Becoming believable to the anorexic patient -- Understanding the value of anorexia
  • Competing with anorexic thoughts -- Social re-integration of the isolated anorexic -- Overcoming road-blocks to recovery


V Cutting (Self-Mutilation) the Disorder

  • The ritual of cutting -- Cutting as a world wide phenomena - Differential diagnoses - is the behavior disordered or socially driven?

VI Treating Self-Mutilation

  • The act of cutting and other self-mutilating behaviors in isolation - a gratifying behavior creating relief -- Case study to illustrate theory and treatment -- Sub-groups - different types of cutters -- The role of medication in treatment

VII Parental Bonding versus Cutting

  • Parent-child dynamic when the patient is a cutter -- Case study of mother-daughter dependency problems; origins of dysfunctional family -- Therapy and symptom abatement as trust develops

VIII Cutting as the Tip of the Iceberg

  • Predisposing personality deficits prevalent in our society -- Discussing issues of trust, dependency and attachment -- Selfhatred, self-esteem, and alienation -- Identity and femininity