Beyond Thinking and Behaviors for Eating Disorder Recovery

This presentation illustrates the limitations of focusing solely on cognitive change or symptom reduction as the means of treating eating disorders. The presentation illustrates the mind-body-spirit-environment driven principles of the COPER Model for lasting recovery. The COPER model stands for Connection, Optimism, Play, Empowerment, and Resilience (COPER). The model uses person-centered ideas of recovery, concepts from positive psychology, ecotherapy and what is currently known about resiliency in eating disorder recovery. This presentation will incorporate didactic and experiential elements to help clinicians develop more expansive, holistic ideas of recovery and build new skills to help their clients at all stages of recovery.