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Barriers to Nourishment: How the wellness industrial complex, Healthism, fat phobia and Orthorexia ‘shape’ our treatment approaches to eating disorders with Asher Pandjiris, LCSW

May 14, 2022 @ 4:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT


2 NYC CE Credits. 

This workshop is being offered by PCGS and by the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia

In this workshop, we will explore (via case presentations, optional assigned readings and interactive lecture) the challenges posed when working with disordered eating in a clinical context.

Asher will guide participants through a contemporary framework for treating disordered eating informed by attachment theory, challenges to healthism and wellness industrial complex narratives and, perhaps most critically, the clinician’s countertransference. Special attention will be given to approaching work with LGBTQIA clients who struggle with concurrent gender dysphoria and disordered eating.

There will be plenty of time for questions. At the end of the workshop you will receive resources for deeper self-directed contemplation and study.

About the Presenter: Asher Pandjiris, LCSW (NY), LICSW (MA)

Psychotherapist, Podcaster, Group Facilitator, Clinical Supervisor and Co-Director of Kintsugi Therapist Collective

I am a queer, white, non-binary parent. I am an art-maker, an activist, a psychotherapist, a podcaster, a group facilitator and supervisor to newer clinicians. I am someone living with auto-immune based chronic health issues. I am a scholar of critical, psychoanalytic and mindfulness based theories. I currently reside on unceded Nipmuc and Pocumtuc land in what is colonially called Amherst, MA.

I believe that everyone deserves to be supported in dealing with their own legacies of trauma and psychic suffering so that we can more easefully navigate this neoliberal/capitalist/deeply racist, transphobic and ableist heteropatriarchy that is traumatic for everyone, especially folks who are highly sensitive and/or navigate multisystemic oppression. The programs and workshops I offer are aimed at supporting folks in these challenges. I love hosting the Living in this Queer Body podcast and facilitating programs on topics that I feel deeply passionate about.

I received a Masters of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies in 2007 and a Masters of Social Work from Smith College in 2013. In 2017, I completed a certificate program at The Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies. Additionally, I served as the Program Director at Balance Eating Disorder treatment center and have years of experience working with issues related to trauma and its impact on the body. I have published on the topics of intergenerational trauma transmission, the treatment of eating disorders, sexual assault in the music industry, the wellness industrial complex and gender dysphoria.


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May 14, 2022
4:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
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33 W 60th St., 4FL
New York, 10023 United States
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