Buck’s interactive presentation titled “Opening Family Communication through Sculpting” will address the complex nature of family communication. Eating disordered patients who have Alexithymia, an inability to identify and describe emotions within the self, can experience significant frustration when communicating with family members. Family members themselves believe they are, at a minimum, misunderstood and frequently not heard at all by their loved ones.

Using a Psychodrama technique called Family Sculpting can provide a safe setting which allows eating disordered clients to reveal perceptions, experiences and emotions through body positioning with each of their family members. Fathers, mothers, and siblings typically find Family Sculpting to be helpful in safely revealing their emotional tensions by providing visual models to guide their communications. Gently orchestrated Family Sculpting gives clinicians a venue to stage the opening of tense interrelation dynamics while gently guiding the communications to a favorable result.

One hour of CE Credit will be provided for MFT, LCSW and LPCC.

The cost of admission is $15 when purchased in advance, or $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online.