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Healing Eating Disorders with Psychodrama and Other Action Methods: Beyond the Silence and the Fury

by Karen Carnabucci and Linda Ciotola Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Psychodrama and other action methods are especially helpful in the treatment of the classic eating disorders as well as dieting struggles, body dissatisfaction and associated issues of fear, sadness, silence and shame. This book provides clinicians with sound theoretical information, practical treatment guidelines and a wealth of clinically-tested action structures and interventions.

The authors describe how they have introduced action methods to work with a diverse range of clients, and suggest ways in which psychodrama practitioners, experiential therapists and others may integrate these methods into their practice. Offering fresh ideas for tailoring psychodramatic standards such as The Living Newspaper, Magic Shop and the Social Atom to eating disorder issues, they provide extensive examples of psychodrama interventions - classic and specially adapted for eating disorders - for both the experienced practitioner and those new to experiential therapies. They also explain how psychodrama can be used in combination with other expressive, holistic and complementary approaches, including family constellations, music, art, imagery, ritual, five-element acupuncture, yoga, Reiki and other energy work.

This pioneering book is essential reading for practitioners and students of psychodrama, drama therapy, experiential psychotherapy, cognitive and expressive arts therapies and mental health professionals, as well as professionals interested in complementary health modalities.

Acknowledgements. Preface. 1. The Body as a Battleground. 2. The New Neuroscience. 3. How Action Methods Help Move Beyond the Silence and the Fury. 4. Multi-dimensional Illnesses, Multiple Healing Choices. 5. Men and Eating Disorders. 6. Education in Action. 7. History of Diets, Timelines and the Pull of Popular Culture. 8. The Three Faces of Eating Disorders. 9. The Triple Powers of Doubling. 10. Building Body Empathy. 11. The Link to Trauma. 12. The Age Spectrogram: Children and Older Adults. 13. Images of Nourishment. 14. Circles of Change and Transformation. 15. Nutrition Nuggets, Mindful Movement, Body Metaphors. 16. The Ancestor Connection. 17. Spirituality and Eating Disorders. Glossary. Appendices. Bibliography. Index.

The authors have created a book that illuminates the subject of eating disorders in such a compassionate way that is backed up by thorough research. As a holistic practitioner I recognize the value of addressing life's challenges with a variety of methods that seek to balance mind, body and spirit. […] I highly recommend this book to any holistic practitioner who is open to new ways to help their clients in their healing process.
Karen Carnabucci, MSS, LCSW, LISW-S, TEP, is a licensed clinical social worker and board-certified trainer, educator and practitioner of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy. She has worked with people with depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders and body image dissatisfaction since 1989. She is the co-author of Integrating Psychodrama and Systemic Constellation Work, also published by JKP. Her training and psychotherapy practice is based in Racine, Wisconsin.

Linda Ciotola, M.Ed., TEP, CET III, is also a board-certified trainer, educator and practitioner of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy, as well as a certified trainer and team leader in The Therapeutic Spiral Model of Psychodrama and a certified health education specialist. She has worked with people with eating disorders and body image issues since 1990. She is an American Council on Exercise Gold Certified Personal Trainer, an ACE Gold Certified Health Coach, an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor and Yoga Instructor, as well as a certified Reiki Master practitioner. She lives in Grasonville, Maryland.