We interviewed Dr. Miguel Angel Sanchez, coordinator of the seminar “Psychotherapy of eating disorder”

On October 2, at 9:00 pm  the Gonzalo Casas Pessino Center for Cultural Diffusion will host the conference titled “Psychotherapy eating disorders ”, coordinated by Doctor Miguel Ángel Sánchez, President of the Association for the Systemic Study of the Family and other Human Studies (AESFASHU).

Dr. Sánchez is also Vice Secretary of the Board of Directors of FEAP, Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Psychotherapist, member of the teaching team of the Center for Systemic Studies, Supervisor AESFASHU, Specialist in Clinical Psychology of the Móstoles Mental Health Day Hospital ( HU de Móstoles) and PIR Tutor.

In this interview he tells us what the purpose of the conference is and what it will contribute to its attendees:


How did you hear about the Canis Majoris Foundation?

My first references were from professional colleagues who told me about their Animal Assisted Therapy activities. Subsequently by Professor Rizzolatti’s lecture on mirror neurons and his research in the field of neurosciences and by Dr. Valentín Corcés, Secretary of the Board of the Foundation, whom I have known for about thirty years and with whom I have collaborated on various occasions.. Later, the Association for the Systemic Study of the Family and Other Human Systems (AESFASHU), which I currently chair, signed a collaboration agreement with the Foundation and I have also had access to the activities developed by the Foundation and its publications .

The contact with Doña Lorena Casas, Board Member, with Dr. Raúl Alelú-Paz, CEO of the Foundation, and with Ms. Coco Martínez, Head of Administration, has also been very informative.


What is your opinion about the activities carried out at the Foundation and at the Gonzalo Casas Pessino Cultural Diffusion Center?

My impression is that it is characterized by a great openness to different areas of research in Medicine, Biology and Psychology. Likewise, as far as I know the work of the Foundation  seems to me to be presided over by its rigor and quality. The actions undertaken in the field of Neurosciences are of particular interest to me and I have found it greatly interesting to be collaborating in the joint organization of this conference on “Psychotherapy of Eating Disorders”.


What is the aim of the conference?

Since the second half of the 20th century, especially in its last decades, and to date, the prevalence of eating disorders in developed countries has had a great impact, with a significant impact on the Health System and more specifically on the Mental Health network. Epidemiological data are shedding light on the  considerable incidence and prevalence of these disorders.

Likewise, the modalities that are presented under the diagnostic category of eating disorders involve diverse symptoms of great complexity, with different expressions and with the need for therapeutic approaches capable of responding to their severity, which in multiple cases pose the risk of evolving intochronicity.

All of this justifies providing healthcare professionals with strategies and therapeutic instruments capable of effectively addressing this pathology.


What will the conference provide for its attendees?

Professionals involved in these types of disorders express the need to update their theoretical and technical background in the face of conditions that have evolved, as I have mentioned before, towards increasing complexity within broader symptomatic constellations, in order to have different models and psychotherapeutic techniques in treatment.

This training activity is directed with special attention to those professionals who develop their professional activity in the field of eating disorders (specialized units and Mental Health). However, there are other groups that, indirectly, also have an important contribution when it comes to detecting and directing the interventions in the prevention of these disorders.

The specificity of the chosen topic, invites several experts to participate with their experience and knowledge, since we consider that it is a way to increase knowledge of the chosen topic of the conference with greater rigor and specificity.

With this conference we intend to provide continuity to the training of health professionals about disorders whose early and specialized approach is a priority of the first order and we hope to be able to transmit different models and psychotherapeutic techniques in their treatment in childhood and adolescence from the Systemic Model.



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