Two Year Post Graduate Clinical Training Program
MINDING THE BODY:
DISRUPTIONS AND POSSIBILITIES
EATING, SEX, SURGERY, SUBVERSION,
The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute is known for its pioneering work on women’s relationship to food, feeding, and their bodies. Since the publication of Susie Orbach’s Fat Is A Feminist Issue (1978), the faculty of The WTCI has further developed a theory and practice explicated in Eating Problems: A Feminist Psychoanalytic Treatment Model (1994), a widely used text for psychotherapists.
The WTCI’s intensive Two Year Training Program understands eating and body image problems as the way people speak about what is dissociated and unspeakable. We see these symptoms as an expression of the confluence of self, interpersonal, and cultural experience. The prejudices of our culture regarding race, class, gender, and sexual identities are contained in the contemporary idealized body: racialized Euro-American, ultra-thin, hard, toned, young, heterosexual, hypersexual, and affluent. We analyze why and how women internalize this Ideal.
Sunday, April 10