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Interoceptive Exposure: Overcoming Uncomfortable Sensations to Help Regulate Eating and Emotions
Interoceptive awareness (IA) or the brain’s ability to recognize, label and accept one’s internal emotional states and bodily signals has long been recognized as a contributing issue in EDs. Interoceptive exposure (IE) exercises are designed to provoke the internal sensations that accompany difficult emotional experiences, to promote new learning and increase tolerance of these sensations. In this workshop, we will briefly review research linking deficits in interoceptive awareness and tolerance to eating disorder symptoms and will demonstrate how interoceptive exposure can promote tolerance of physical sensations associated with eating and emotions, thereby reducing forms of avoidance that maintain eating disorders.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants will be able to describe two associations between interoceptive awareness and emotional tolerance among individuals with eating disorders.
2. Participants will be able to identify two interoceptive exposure exercises to target uncomfortable physical sensations associated with eating disorders.
3. Participants will be able to list the three areas of progress and response monitoring when conducting interoceptive exposure exercises with individuals with eating disorders.

Apr 14, 2023 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Melanie Smith, PhD, LMHC, CEDS-S
Director of Training @The Renfrew Center
Melanie Smith, PhD, LMHC, CEDS-S, is the Director of Training for The Renfrew Center. As Director of the Clinical Training Department, she is responsible for developing and implementing clinical training and programming that is consistent with emerging research and evidence-based practice. Dr. Smith is co-author of the peer-reviewed treatment manual and patient workbook, The Renfrew Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders and Comorbidity published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Smith is a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and Approved Supervisor and is a Certified Therapist & Trainer of the Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP).