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Webinar for Professionals: Maternal Mirrors: Helping Mothers Help Their Daughters with Body Image Issues

February 27, 2013


Maternal Mirrors:
Helping Mothers Help Their Daughters with Body Image Issues
Presented by: Laurie Cooper, PsyD

Wednesday, February 27th 
Noon - 1:00pm EST

Whereas 30 years ago body image disturbance was primarily associated with only the most severe medically compromised anorexic patients, body loathing and negative self-talk now appear to be widespread not only clinically but in the general population of young women and girls as well. This webinar will cover the complex nature of body image and how even the most well-intentioned of mothers may inadvertently sabotage the fragile dynamics of the mother/daughter relationship.  Attendees will be provided with suggestions to help mothers identify positive steps to strengthen the bond with their daughters, keep open communication and establish trust.  The role of family in the treatment of eating disorders and how to help mothers understand that it is never too late for the “maternal mirror” to reflect a positive body image will be addressed.

About the Presenter: Laurie Cooper, PsyD is the Site Director for The Renfrew Center of Tennessee. Dr. Cooper received her doctorate of psychology from Baylor University and her master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship and predoctoral internship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Her clinical and administrative experience includes 20 years of care in outpatient and intensive-care settings. Dr. Cooper is a member of the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee, The Nashville Area Psychological Association and the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network.