12th Annual Opening Pandora's Box Conference

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 9:00am

Dish of diet pills and tape measure• How do addiction, eating disorders, and sexual trauma intersect?
• What must be considered when planning treatment for sexual abuse survivors who have an eating disorder and/or addiction?
• How can art therapy help survivors of sexual abuse who have eating disorders?
• What creative techniques can clinicians who aren't art therapists use to help sexual abuse survivors heal?
• What tools are available to help survivors who self-medicate find a path toward recovery?

Addiction & Disordered Eating in the Wake of Sexual Trauma: Helping Survivors Heal will focus on the special challenges and concerns that arise when individuals who have been sexually traumatized also exhibit symptoms of eating disorders or addiction. This conference will help clinicians and educators identify and address the treatment dilemmas that can arise when clients self-medicate to ease trauma symptoms or otherwise put their health and well-being at risk by engaging in problematic eating and/or substance use.

Morning Session

Inner Demons and the Transformative Power of Art in the Treatment of Eating Disorders & PTSD - Sondra Rosenberg, ATR-BC

Eating disorders often develop as a response to traumatic stress. This presentation will look at why art therapy is an effective treatment for traumatized patients with eating disorders, how we can better understand their inner worlds through a close analysis of the imagery that is generated in art therapy, and how an art therapist works with patients to address and work through complex concerns about safety and self-regulation.

Sondra Rosenberg, ATR-BC is the Creative Arts Therapy Supervisor at The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia, where she leads groups that address body image, trauma, self-injury, media literacy and mindful eating. She received her BA in Visual Art from Oberlin College and her MA in Art Therapy from New York University. She has a deep passion for art and a strong commitment to empowering women through creativity. She maintains a private practice in Philadelphia and facilitates healing art workshops under the moniker Pink House Studios.

Afternoon Session

Insights and Interventions: Complexities of Addiction & Trauma - A. Michael Blanche MSS, LCSW

This presentation will explore the complexities of treating clients who suffer from trauma and also struggle with addiction. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of timing and comprehensiveness when exploring treatment options. Practical interventions will be discussed in the context of theoretical frameworks for understanding trauma and addiction work. The severity of co-morbid trauma and addiction symptoms and the importance of treating those symptoms simultaneously will be highlighted.

A. Michael Blanche, LCSW has worked in all levels of care in the treatment of addiction and counseled those who are dually-diagnosed with addiction and other psychological issues for more than 18 years. He obtained a Bachelor of Human Services Degree with a double minor in Psychology and Sociology from Villanova University. He completed his Master's degree in Social Services at Bryn Mawr College. His private practice is located in West Chester, PA.

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