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Getting “Inside Out and Outside In” the Relational Montage of an Eating Disorder

March 27, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Presented by Jean Petrucelli, PhD


Conference will be held via Zoom. Login details will be sent after registration.

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Registration Fees
HPS, HGPS, HEDS Members: $140
Non-members: $180
Students: $30

Co-sponsored by Houston Psychoanalytic Society, Houston Group Psychotherapy Society, and Houston Eating Disorder Specialists

Much contemporary psychodynamic/psychoanalytic thinking focuses on how to allow patients to voice threatening aspects of self and body, often not encoded in words. For those suffering from eating disorders, disavowed longings are experienced as insatiable, powerful, and dangerous, with an excess of energy and self invested in vigilantly measuring ways of living which lack spontaneity, creativity, or play. Symptoms concretize and defend against the danger inherent in any intimate exchange, which requires tolerance for uncertainty and vulnerability, beyond these patients’ reach. Using clinical material, a detailed, practical exploration of how one works psychodynamically/psychoanalytically with adult ED patients beyond symptom alleviation will be explored. Understanding cultural influence, neurobiology, attachment theory, self regulation, affect regulation, self-states, body-states, and the intergenerational transmission of body image issues will be considered as it appears in individual and group treatment.


  1. Describe interpersonal perspectives in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorders.
  2. Explain eating disordered patients’ capacities to self soothe and regulate internal experience, then work more effectively with the relational component of the eating disorder as it plays out in treatment and in the world.
  3. Describe the concept of dissociation and at least one dimension of the theory related to its use in clinical work with patients with eating disorders.
    Explain how disordered eating is the psychic inability to care for one’s self and to make better clinical use of this perspective through the contexts of attachment, self-state and body-state theory, self -regulation and affect regulation issues.
  4. Describe how to apply action-oriented techniques to enhance clinical treatment with patients with eating disorders.


9:00am – 10:30am
Interpersonal Conceptualizations and Treatment of Eating Disorders While Holding the Interface of Neurobiology, Attachment, Self & Affect Regulation and Clinical Conundrums

10:30am – 10:45am
Sponsored by Eating Recovery Center

10:45am – 12:15pm
Part 2 – Continuation and Q&A

12:15pm – 1:30pm
Sponsored by Center for Discovery

1:30pm – 3:00pm
Case Presentation, Jana Rosenbaum, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA


Jean Petrucelli, Ph. D.Jean Petrucelli, Ph.D. is Director and Co-Founder of the Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions Service since 1995, Training & Supervising Analyst, Teaching Faculty, Conference Chair of the Conference Advisory Board (CAB), and Founding Director of the EDCAS educational certificate program at the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute in NYC. She is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychology at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and is on the faculty at the Institute of Contemporary Psychology (ICP). She is an Associate Editor for the journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and is editor of five books, including Body-States: Interpersonal and Relational Perspectives on the Treatment of Eating Disorders (Routledge, 2015), which won the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis (ABAPsa) 2016 Edited Book award. Dr. Petrucelli lectures nationally and internationally and is in private practice in New York City.


Houston Eating Disorder Specialists

Houston Psychoanalytic Society
1302 Waugh Dr. #276, Houston, TX 77019
(713) 429-5810
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Houston Group Psychotherapy Society
PO Box 22866
Houston, TX 77227
(713) 668-2680
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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association, Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, and Houston Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

HGPS offers approved CE/CEUs for psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists.


March 27, 2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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