The Semantics of Power as a Resource in Eating Disorders During Adolescence, with Valeria Ugazio

  • Date: 04 April 2014 (10:00 - 16:30)
  • Venue: The Brighthelm Centre – 01273-821512 is a short walk from Brighton station. The centre has disabled access and facilities.
  • Location: Brighton, The City of Brighton and Hove, UK
  • Type: Courses and workshops
  • Branch: AFT Sussex


Valeria Ugazio practices as a systemic psychotherapist in Milano where she is the founder and director of the European Institute of Systemic-relational Therapies. She is also Professor of clinical psychology at the University of Bergamo.

This approach to working with young people with anorexia and bulimia is a model in which family therapy alternates with individual systemic therapy. Valeria’s basic idea is that the family, where eating disorders develop, are dominated by the “semantics of power” where the therapist is often put into the awkward position of being an opponent or an ally “against” other family members. The model aims at changing the positioning of members of the family inside the dominant semantics, and transforming the alliance from “against” to “for”.

Videotaped sequences of clinical cases will show some key moments of the therapeutic process showing how these ideas are used in practice.

Valeria has developed a systemic interpretation of intersubjectivity through the semantic polarities theory which is explored in detail in her recent book 'Semantic Polarities and Psychopathology in the Families. Permitted and Forbidden Stories', published last year (New York: Routledge, 2013). She is currently interested in developing systemic therapeutic approaches for individuals and families, facing phobic, obsessive-compulsive, eating disorders and depression.

(9.30 for coffee and 10am start) Lunch is not included.

Contact Sussex AFT at or call 07584796623

Cost: 55 (£45 to AFT Members)

Booking Details

To book, send completed form and cheque payable to Sussex AFT, to 23, Whitelot Way, Southwick, West Sussex, BN42 4YF.

The closing date for submitting applications is 24/3/14

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