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Professional Webinar: Sexual Violence and Eating Disorders: Leaving the Imprint of the Monster Behind

August 22, 2018

Sexual Violence and Eating Disorders:
Leaving the Imprint of the Monster Behind

Presented by: Amy Edelstein, LCSW
Site Director, The Renfrew Center of New York

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (EDT) 

 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (EDT) 

The impact of sexual violence can be devastating for most women, often resulting in feelings of guilt, isolation, betrayal, and terror. In an attempt, albeit futile, to regain power and control over their emotions, identity and body, many of those affected may turn to the use of food rituals and behaviors as a panacea.

This webinar will examine the correlation between sexual violence and the development of an eating disorder, explore the adaptive function of eating disorder behaviors to manage post-traumatic reactions and explore effective intervention strategies. Ms. Edelstein will share aspects from a case example to highlight the importance of the therapeutic alliance with this population.

About the Presenter:

Amy Edelstein, LCSW, is the Site Director at The Renfrew Center of New York. She received her Master’s degree from Fordham University School of Social Services and Post-Graduate Certification in Advanced Clinical Practice from New York University. Prior to joining Renfrew, Ms. Edelstein was employed by Safe Horizon, a victim services agency where she specialized in treating and advocating for survivors of trauma and interpersonal violence. Acting as Safe Horizon's media expert, she held interviews for media such as CBS News, PIX 11, Huffington Post Live and FOX News. Amy has presented trainings to medical professionals, law enforcement, and college faculty as well as provided expert testimony in the NYC Court system for sexual abuse and trauma cases. She served as the Chair of the Staten Island Sexual Assault Task Force, a multidisciplinary collaboration to improve services to victims and enhance the criminal justice response in sexual assault cases. A consultant with the NYC Alliance against Sexual Assault, she trained medical professionals to become sexual assault forensic examiners. In 2012, she was honored by NASW-NYC chapter with the Emerging Leader Award.

*Note: This is a re-broadcast and not a live presentation. Questions can be submitted during the webinar and will be responded to within 24 hours.