Shifting From Loss to Hope: Learning Resiliency Amidst the Ambiguous Road of Recovery
Code S09 :: Seminar Session :: 1.50 CE hours
Family members and patients alike experience a significant loss as an Eating Disorder diagnosis sets in. Many opportunities, goals, and dreams become delayed or out of reach as recovery becomes the primary focus of life. The term “ambiguous loss” coined by Pauline Boss, develops a framework of dealing with loss in complex emotional situations that bring uncertainty. Ambiguous loss is defined as physical absence but psychological presence or as physical presence but psychological absence. The journey from diagnosis to recovery is often not identified as a loss. However, the family can miss the emotional connection that they used to experience with their loved ones, even though their loved one is still present. Ambiguous loss is also felt by the patient as they begin to see their life and dreams in a new way; often times having to reconstruct the pathway to their careers, relationships, and goals. This presentation will offer hope to the participants by highlighting the research in Ambiguous Loss, particularly the guidelines offered within the research to help alleviate suffering. The six principles of resiliency within Boss’ framework are: 1) Finding Meaning, 2) Tempering Mastery, 3) Reconstructing Identity, 4) Normalizing Ambivalence, 5) Revising Attachment and 6) Discovering Hope.
- Describe what ambiguous loss is.
- Discuss the psychological impact of day to day life of ED recovery.
- Provide interventions within the six principles of resiliency specific to ED recovery.
About the Presenters
Melissa Taylor is the Outpatient Clinical Director at Center for Change. She created and oversees the Partial Hospitalization Program, the Intensive Outpatient Program, the Independent Living Program and the Outpatient Clinic at both the Orem and the Cottonwood Heights locations. Melissa is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. She has spoken at national, state, and regional conferences about eating disorder recovery; including speaking at the national IAEDP conference, the national conference for AAMFT, and she has educated professionals and students at several universities.
Quinn Nystrom, M.S., has spoken to over 300,000 people across North America about life with type 1 diabetes and eating disorders. She is a published author of the book, “If I Kiss You, Will I Get Diabetes?” and is a regular blogger for DiabeticLifestyle.com. Nystrom has been featured on XM Radio, The Learning Channel (TLC), Diabetes Forecast, Web MD, Glamour Magazine, MSN and Reader’s Digest. She’s currently the National Diabetes Ambassador for Center for Change. To learn more: www.quinn.nystrom.com.