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Conference • Workshop

Eating Disorders & Neuroplasticity Breakthroughs for Intensive Psychotherapists & Other Clinicians

presented by:
Norman Doidge, M.D., Author of The Brain that Changes Itself and The Brain’s Way of Healing

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Date: March 13, 2019

NYU Kimmel Center
Eisner and Lubin Auditorium

60 Washington Square
New York, New York 10012



Early Bird
$89 (through February 15th, 2019)

Regular Cost
Regular Cost: $109 (after February 15, 2019)

CE Cost: Additional $40 (6 CE Available)


About The


Eating Disorders & Neuroplasticity Breakthroughs for Intensive Psychotherapists & Other Clinicians, Norman Doidge, MD

Course Description: Can eating disorders, especially, the severe kind which are often described as the most rigid of conditions, actually be changed? A new approach to the illness, that combines the best of depth-psychology, new insights from neuroplasticity, and our latest understanding of the brain and how our two brain hemispheres function, will be explained by Norman Doidge, author of The Brain that Changes Itself.

The Avalon Hills residential treatment team has created a milieu to apply this model. Dr. Doidge will show why psychodynamic approaches, with subtle modifications and supports, are not only relevant to treating these problems, but an indispensable component in many cases, if one is to move beyond symptom management towards addressing the problems that underlie the syndrome. If used properly, this psychotherapy is a powerful way to not only change the mind, but, as we will show with brain source localization, to change distorted brain maps of the body, and emotion. Even though these patients show rigid eating disorder behaviors that does not mean their brains lack plasticity; the behaviors are actually an expression of their plasticity, gone awry.

The workshop will also show how psychotherapy and neuroplastic techniques help patients to use their plasticity to restore healthy development, through a deeper understanding of the relationship between our two brain hemispheres. The team will share what we have learned about the ego functions that need to be targeted in intensive psychotherapy, and document brain changes before and after dynamic psychotherapy, and related modalities. When successful, the patients don’t just “control” the disorder, but rather, grow out of the need for it. This will be of interest to therapists working with severe personality problems as well.

Other presentations:

Understanding and Applying the Neurobiology of Eating Disorders in a Therapeutic Setting
Presenter: Jeffrey DeSarbo, D.O., Eating Disorder Psychiatrist

Promoting Brain Changes in Individuals with Eating Disorders
Presenters: Ed Hamlin, Ph.D and Donald Hebert, MFT, Th.D

About Norman Doidge, M.D.

Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, on faculty at the Departments of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and Columbia University, Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis. His book, The Brain that Changes Itself was chosen by the Dana Brain Foundation, USA’s journal, Cerebrum, from among the 30,000 brain books, as the best general book on the brain. It is an international and New York Times Bestseller, in 27 languages, and has sold over a million copies. It has been described by the London Times as, “Brilliant…Doidge has identified a tidal shift in basic science…The implications are monumental.” The New York Times Science Times has written that The Brain That Changes Itself, has “implications…not only for individual patients with neurologic disease but for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history.” Dr. Doidge has won the Sigourney Prize, considered the highest award in International Psychoanalysis.

For conference inquiries please contact: (435) 938-6003.

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