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Los Angeles, CA

Embodied Recovery: A Trauma-Informed, Somatically-Integrative, Relational Approach to the treatment of Eating Disorders

MAY 17, 2019 - MAY 19, 2019

This course is designed for mental and physical health professionals who are currently working with clients who have eating disorders. Practitioners will have an opportunity to expand their own level of embodiment, gain skills in co-regulation, and expand their knowledge of somatic interventions that work directly with the attachment and regulatory systems driving disordered eating behaviors.

This training will introduce participants to the EMBODIED RECOVERY model and provide the following:

Learning Objectives:

  1. Scientific and theoretical rationale to support the shift from a bio-psycho-social model to somato-psycho-social model.

  2. Skills to support the body as a "resource" in recovery rather than an "obstacle" to recovery.

  3. Expanded awareness about the role of our physiology in attachment, defense, emotional regulation, memory consolidation, and eating disorder symptoms.

  4. Tools to understand the language of the body and shift the focus away from "what clients say about the body" to "what the body is saying".

  5. A new definition of "eating disorder recovery" as an experience of embodiment rather than the absence/reduction of eating disorder symptoms.

The curriculum uses lecture, experiential practice, and case reviews in addition to movement and breath practices.

CE hours: 18 CE hours

Presenter: Rachel Lewis-Marlow, M.S., Ed.S.

Rachel Lewis - Marlow M.S., Ed.S. is a somatically integrative psychotherapist, dually licensed in counseling and therapeutic massage and bodywork. She is a Certified Advanced Practitioner in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and has advanced training and over 25 years of experience in diverse somatic therapies including Craniosacral Therapy, Energetic Osteopathy, Oncology massage and Aromatherapy. Rachel worked as a primary therapist at Carolina House for 4 years. There she developed the Embodying Recovery group therapy protocol which formed the basis for her contribution to the EMBODIED RECOVERY treatment model. She provides ongoing training and supervision to outpatient eating disorders providers and clinical and support staff in the programmatic implementation of the EMBODIED RECOVERY model for residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient eating disorders treatment programs. In her private practice in Chapel Hill, NC, Rachel works with people recovering from trauma, eating disorders, and dissociative disorders. She has extensive experience as a teacher and presenter, focusing on accessing the body's unique capacity to give voice to the subconscious and to lay the foundation for healing and maintaining psychological and physical health.

Please Note: This is a pilot workshop under the guidance of Regional Coordinator Mason Sommers, PhD. The Presenter is a Certified Advanced Practitioner and not a member of SPI faculty.

Enrollment: This limited enrollment workshop is available to only 20 participants.

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Times: Friday/Saturday: 9:00am-5:30pm
Sunday: 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: La Maida Institute, 11159 La Maida St., Los Angeles, CA 91601. Map
Instructor: Rachel Lewis-Marlow
Tuition: 600 USD. Refund Policy
Contact: Mason A. Sommers, Ph.D, 310-274-1464,
Local Contact: Mason A. Sommers, Ph.D, 310-274-1464,