The Mindful Therapist

Saturday, March 5, 2011: 2:00 PM-5:30 PM
Point Hilton at Squaw Peak
Drawing from research in neuroscience and 30 plus years as a clinician, Carolyn will delineate how mindfulness practices help clinicians and clients change their brains leading to an increase of openness, receptivity, affect tolerance, emotional regulation, non-judgment and the dissolution of automatic patterns, all of which lead to optimal well being.
Content outline:

Carolyn will give an introduction to the way in which Mindfulness works in therapy for treating eating disorders and their underlying conditions.

Slides from actual sessions will be shown, as Carolyn explains how she works with Mindfulness in her treatment facilities.

The handouts will be a copy of the slides

These include mindfulness skills, the qualities of a good therapist, data on neuroscience research, the usefulness of meditation and yoga, non-judgment and other topics.

Question & Answer session: The audience will be able to ask questions, which the presenter will answer.  There will be lively audience discussion on the topic of using Mindfulness in the treatment of eating disorders.

Awareness, acceptance, emotional attunement, non-judgment and our capacity for happiness are all trainable skills. Engaging in mindful practices is a training ground for these skills and creates a state of presence in the practitioner that is essential for effective clinical work.  The therapist’s mindful presence has been documented to be one of the most powerful aspects of successful therapy.  This presence facilitates a better relationship with the client and, like a tuning fork, helps bring out this mindful presence within them.  How do we as clinicians use our own mindful presence in the psychotherapy relationship?  How do we directly teach mindfulness techniques to our clients to enable them to access their essential “essence,” separate themselves from the chattering of their ego mind, and get beyond emotional reactivity and habit?  Since who we are in the room; how we are with clients, is a significant aspect of successful therapy, regardless of the therapeutic modality being used, it makes sense to try to explore more specifically what that means and how we can train ourselves to be, for lack of a better way to say it, more that way.  Drawing from the new research in neuroscience as well as her 30 plus years as an eating disorder clinician, Carolyn will demonstrate how to help clinicians and clients dissolve automatic patterns, become open and receptive to what they experience and gain new levels of affect tolerance, emotional regulation and behavioral responses.  This presentation is for all levels.
Primary Presenter:
Carolyn K. Costin, MA, MEd, CEDS, FAED

Carolyn Costin, MFT, recovered herself from anorexia, has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders and exercise addiction since 1977. Carolyn is founder and executive director of The Eating Disorder Center of California and Monte Nido and Affiliates, which now has 3 unique residential centers in natural, home-like settings. Carolyn is a sought-after speaker at national conferences, known for engaging audiences and giving hands-on skills. Carolyn's books, The Eating Disorder Source Book (2007), 100 Questions and Answers About Eating Disorders (2007), and Your Dieting Daughter (1997), help professionals and the lay public in understanding, treating and preventing eating disorders.