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Outside Their Window: Eating Disorders as a Regulating Strategy for Traumatized Nervous Systems

Outside Their Window: Eating Disorders as a Regulating Strategy for Traumatized Nervous Systems

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (ET)

Free | Professional Webinar
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (ET)

Presented by: Lacey Vogel, LMHC - Clinical Training Specialist, The Renfrew Center

Held Online

Trauma is defined not by the event but by the impact of the event on a person’s nervous system. Individuals who have experienced traumatic events often find themselves struggling to stay in their window of tolerance, experiencing constant hyper- and hypo-arousal symptoms that negatively impact daily living. This webinar, held during PTSD Awareness Month, will illustrate the ways individuals may use eating disorder behaviors to regulate their systems and get back into their windows, often to the detriment of long-term health. The presentation will provide psychoeducation on the window of tolerance, trauma and the brain, and how certain eating disorder behaviors impact different parts of the autonomic nervous system. We will introduce interventions that may be useful for those recovering from both an eating disorder and trauma, with a specific focus on self-regulation and countering unsustainable coping strategies.

About the Presenter

Lacey Vogel, LMHC, is a Clinical Training Specialist at The Renfrew Center. She joined The Renfrew Center of Boston in 2017 as a Primary Therapist and was promoted to the Team Leader role in 2019, before stepping into the role of Clinical Training Specialist at the end of 2022. Ms. Vogel received her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, and her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine. She has extensive experience treating athletes with eating disorders and has a special interest in working with patients with trauma histories. Prior to joining Renfrew, she worked at an adolescent day treatment program for those diagnosed with major mental illness. She also has a background working with all genders and ages with eating disorders at the residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels of care.

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