Eating disorders are deadly diseases encompassing a myriad of complications. When appropriate treatment is provided, The National Eating Disorder Association (2013) states that recovery from an eating disorder takes years of applying skills learned through treatment; therefore, treatment takes multiple years, it does not occur overnight. The difficulty with eating disorder recovery is that body image is the last symptom to improve (National Eating Disorder Association, 2013). A group designed to assists individuals in recovery from an eating disorder improve their body image will provide the support that is needed to overcome the last hurdle of the recovery process. The following paper outlines a group that permits individuals to explore their body image, which Cash (2008) describes as a complex issue including “perceptions, beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and actions that pertain to your physical appearance” (p. 1). By exploring several goals and completing weekly group activities, emotions related to body image are brought to the surface, allowing individuals to incorporate new coping skills in their recovery.
Type of Group and Setting
This group will function as a psychotherapy support group for individuals diagnosed with a feeding or eating disorder and suffering with negative body image. The weekly 90-minute meetings will take place at a local eating disorder outpatient treatment center in a group room.
The groups participants will consist of individual’s, both male and female, suffering from the various diagnoses represented in the feeding and eating disorders section of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.; DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Although all feeding and eating disorders may participate, the group activities will focus specifically on body image difficulties seen with individuals suffering from Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.
Rationale for Group
Due to the nature of feeding and eating disorders, there is a strong focus on body image. In fact, Bhatnagar, Wisniewski, Solomon, and Heinberg (2013) stated that all feeding and eating disorders display signs of body image disturbances. With the number of individual’s suffering from feeding and eating disorders, there is a great need for a body image group. According to the National Eating Disorder Association (2013), the last and most difficult aspect of an eating disorder to improve is body image; therefore, it is essential for sufferers to talk about the struggles they have with their last stage of recovery.
Screening and Selection Procedures
This group will require an individually conducted pregroup screening, which will determine whether an individual is an appropriate fit. During the pregroup screening, questions are asked to determine what the person is hoping to get out of the group and their level of commitment. After obtaining answers to the above questions, the group...