Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society
(a local chapter of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association)
Online Saturday Morning Seminar
Tom Wooldridge, PsyD, ABPP
Revisiting the Entropic Body:
Anorexia Nervosa, Psychic Death,
and the Subjugation of Need
May 13, 2023
Online Via Zoom
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This intermediate-level presentation will explore the idea of the entropic body, a body-state that develops against a background of early trauma in which the environment has failed to regulate the child’s anxiety, leaving her unable to regulate her own anxiety or to turn to others for help in doing so. Relevant theoretical ideas will be discussed and illustrated with an in-depth case presentation.
Tom Wooldridge, PsyD, ABPP, CEDS-S, is Chair in the Department of Psychology at Golden Gate University as well as a psychoanalyst and board-certified, licensed psychologist. He has published journal articles and book chapters on topics such as eating disorders, masculinity, technology, and psychoanalytic treatment. His first book, Understanding Anorexia Nervosa in Males, was published by Routledge in 2016 and has been praised as “groundbreaking” and a “milestone publication in our field.” His second book, Psychoanalytic Treatment of Eating Disorders: When Words Fail and Bodies Speak, an edited volume in the Relational Perspectives Book Series, was published by Routledge in 2018, and has been well reviewed. His third book, Eating Disorders (New Introductions to Contemporary Psychoanalysis), was released in 2022. In addition, Dr. Wooldridge has been interviewed by numerous media publications including Newsweek, Slate, WebMD, and others for his work. He is on the Scientific Advisory Council of the National Eating Disorders Association, Faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC) and the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP), an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF’s Medical School, and has a private practice in Berkeley, CA.
9:55am Welcome and Introduction
10:00am Theoretical Exploration of the Concept of the Entropic Body
11:15am Case Presentation and Discussion
12:15pm Complete Evaluations and Adjourn.
After attending this intermediate seminar in full, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the entropic body and how this body-state may express unbearable anxiety and affects in patients with anorexia nervosa.
2. Discuss how the subjugation of need may offer some patients an escape from unbearable anxiety and a particular form of gratification.
3. Effectively work with patients and their subjugation of need in psychotherapy.
This program is open to all APS members. It is not limited to individuals practicing in a predominately psychoanalytic mode. The material will be appropriate for clinicians with intermediate levels of experience and knowledge.
By May 8, 2023:
Professional Members and Scholar Members: $45
Early-Career Professional Members: $35
Graduate Student Members: Free.
AFTER May 8, 2023:
Professional Members and Scholar Members: $60
Early-Career Professional Members: $50.
Graduate Student Members: Free
Registration will close on May 13, 2023.
Although walk-ins will be accepted, please register online at www.aps-tn.wildapricot.org in advance to assure adequate food and seating.
If you prefer to pay by check, please print the Program Registration form, and mail with your payment to:
Wesley Gosselin, LMSW
100 Forest Court
Knoxville, TN 37919.
Refunds honored with written/electronic notice at least 48 hours before date of conference. Contact Wesley Gosselin, LMSW.
Contact the APS President Renee Repka, PhD to negotiate fees, if needed.
Facility is accessible to persons who are physically challenged. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address requests, questions, concerns and any complaints to Renee Repka, PhD.
Eligible professionals can join APS or renew their membership for the 2022-2023 program year for $80. Scholars can join/renew for $50 and Early-Career Professionals can join/renew for $45. Graduate students may join or renew for $25.
American Psychological Association Approval Statement
Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 2.0 continuing education credits. With full attendance and completion of an online program Evaluation and Learning Assessment, a certificate will be issued by email. Psychologists will have their participation registered through Division 39.
To be eligible for CE credit, please:
Make sure your Zoom name (first and last) is identifiable. Use the Chat Box to inform program hosts if more than one person is watching via a single Zoom account.
Be present for the entire program.
A link to the program evaluation will be shared with participants via the Chat Box at the end of the presentation while the speaker is answering final questions. Participants will enter their names and email addresses on the evaluation so that APS can distribute certificates via email.
Please complete the evaluation by 2pm on the day of the program.
CE certificates will be emailed within a week after the program.
APS and Division 39 are committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. APS and Division 39 are also committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods.
Selected References/Recommended Reading
Bachner-Melman, R., Zohar, A.H., Ebstein, R.P., & Bachar, E. (2007). The relationship between selflessness levels and the severity of anorexia nervosa symptomatology. European Eating Disorders Review, 15, 213 – 220.
Brown, L.J. (2019). Trauma and representation. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 100(6), 1154-1170.
Curiel-Levy, G., Canetti, L., Galili-Weisstub, E., Milun, M., Gur, E., & Bachar, E. (2012). Selflessness in anorexia nervosa as reflected in the Rorschach Comprehensive System. Rorschachiana, 33, 78 – 93.
Petrucelli, J. (2015). ‘My body is a cage’: Interfacing interpersonal neurobiology, attachment, affect regulation, self-regulation, and the regulation of relatedness in treatment with patients with eating disorders. In J. Petrucelli (Ed.). Body-states: Interpersonal and relational perspectives on the treatment of eating disorders. (Psychoanalysis in a New Key). New York: Routledge.
Westwood, H., Kerr-Gaffney, J., Stahl, D., & Tchanturia, K. (2017). Alexithymia in eating disorders: Systematic review and meta-analyses of studies using the Toronto Alexithymia Scale. Journal of psychosomatic research, 99, 66-81.
If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address requests, questions, concerns and any complaints to APS President Renee Repka, PhD.