NCSPP

Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
Scientific Meeting
Sat, Mar 29, 2014
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wright Institute
2728 Durant Avenue
Room 109/110
Berkeley, CA 94704
Faculty: 
Tom Wooldridge, Psy.D.
Mary Brady, Ph.D.
CE Credits: 
3
Participant Limit: 
80
Tuition: 

$15 General Public
Free NCSPP Members
$10 CE Credit

Tuition listed above is for early registration ($15 discount off full fee). For registrations received after the deadline, full tuition will be applied to all registrations.

Early Registration Deadline: 
March 15, 2014
Online Registration Closed. Registration will be available at the door.

 

Course Overview: 

“Pro-anorexia” has emerged as a dramatic development in cyberspace, drawing participants to Internet sites that take a partially positive attitude towards anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders. From an outsider’s perspective, pro-ana forums confront visitors with what has been characterized as “the 
spectacle of not eating” — words and images conveying startling emaciation and suffering. The harmful effects of pro-ana participation have been documented. Recent research, however, takes a nuanced point-of-view, arguing that pro-ana participation has benefits, including social support, a way to cope with a stigmatized illness, and a means of self-expression. This meeting will generate thinking about how online experience does and does not facilitate psychic growth. The author will suggest that, at best, pro-ana forums serve as a form of potential space for participants, shielding them from the experience of alienation while allowing for creative play with relational connection, identity, ambivalence, and recovery.

Course Objectives: 
  1. Recognize the benefits, social support and self-expression, of participation in pro-ana internet forums for patients with anorexia nervosa and eating disorders.
  2. Utilize the concept of potential space to patients’ use of pro-ana internet forums.
  3. Recognize how pro-ana internet forums shield patients’ with anorexia nervosa and eating disorders from the experience of alienation by allowing for creative play with relational connection, identity, ambivalence, and recovery.
Target Audience & Level: 

All mental health professionals, including MFT, LCSW, PhD, PsyD, psychiatric nurses, and graduate level students in psychology. This is an introductory to intermediate level course.

Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

No refunds for this event.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Susanna Bernat, Psy.D., drsusannabernat@live.com.

For questions related to enrollment, locations, CE credit, special needs, course availability and other administrative issues contact Michele McGuinness by email or 415-457-9949.