Mindful Eating and Trauma-Focused Care

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Mindful Eating and Trauma-Focused Care

Presented by Caroline Baerten, MA, RD on July 9, 2019

Any health professional who looks a little further than the direct symptoms (weight, eating behavior), can only conclude that many psychological problems of our patients have a traumatic core. This concerns single traumatic moments from the past or longer periods of chronic traumatization.

For many people, sexual abuse, abusive or violent relationships, bullying and chronic humiliation are at the bottom of their problems. The experience of the trauma, the way it is stored in the memory network and in the body, is largely a non-linguistic event. This means that in therapy we will have to use approaches that come into direct contact with the body. The work of Bessel van der Kolk, Peter Levine, Pete Walker, Francine Shapiro and others are central in this webinar.

We explore how mindfulness and compassion-based exercises might be useful for trauma survivors with symptomatic eating issues. The theoretical framework focuses primarily on the "sub-verbal" layer of the trauma and its mechanisms. Different examples and exercises will help to better understand the nature of trauma and how it leads to disturbed eating behavior.

Mindful Eating and Trauma-Focused Care

Recorded July 9, 2019

This program earns 1 Continuing Education Credits with CDR upon successful completion of the post test.

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Learning Objectives

  • Learning how the brain responds to traumatic events and what science says about mindfulness
  • 2 Learning treatment trauma-focused and mindfulness-based protocols to support individuals with disturbed eating behavior
  • 3 Learning the contra indications of mindfulness for trauma survivors

Caroline Baerten is the founder of MeNu, Centre for Mindful Eating and Nutrition, in the heart of Europe (Brussels). She works as a Mindfulness-based nutritionist/RD, integrative psychotherapist and is also a EMDR trauma therapist.

In 2009 she was trained in 'Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Therapy' (MB-EAT) and later "Mindful Eating, Conscious Living' training (ME-CL). offers additionally Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion courses to her clients.

Since 2013 Caroline serves on the board of The Center for Mindful Eating. It is her mission to share 10 years of expertise in mindful eating with other health professionals worldwide through mentoring and e-coaching, writing articles and as a keynote speaker at conferences.

You can find Carolyn on line at: www.me-nu.org

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