Log in

Emotional Aspects of Obesity: Theoretical and Experiential

  • 09/17/2022
  • 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Zoom


Registration is closed

PRESENTER:  Roni Maislish, MSW

Saturday, September 17, 2022

10:00 AM - 1:30 PM ET

(Registration begins at 9:45 AM ET)

 Virtual ZOOM

(Streaming from Israel)


The seminar will include 2 parts: the first theoretical and the second experimental (during mindfulness eating)


How many times have you been surprised by overweight patients telling you to "fix them quickly," even though they’ve spent years trying to lose weight, with weight loss followed by weight gained back? How many times has your faith in your patient turned to anger and frustration, feeling he or she is not committed enough to the process? And how many times have you felt unable to understand empathically (near-experience) why these patients don’t keep fighting, or controlling or avoiding when necessary? And how many times have you told yourself something is missing?

Roni Maislish, M.S.W., presents the exploration of the "food and eating issue" not as a "problem to solve" but as a unique way that a specific person uses to "tell his story" while he integrates and keeps safe his "self." And from the therapist’s listening stance, Mr. Maislish explains how patients are helped to find their own subjective way toward healing their wounded, un-developed and neglected self, meanwhile restoring their natural and true self.

Mr. Maislish will present the theoretical perspective of "Self-Psychology," in which defense and resistance is seen not as something the therapist needs to break, remove, or overcome. On the contrary, he will explore the emotional reasons behind the weight gaining process as a sign of a depressed self struggling to survive in a non-emphathic world. New possibilities are thus opened up to understand the patient's pain, to find beauty in his defensive-structure (his overeating patterns), and to develop the patient’s self-ability to heal and grow himself.

For his Experiential component, Mr. Maislish will ask each attendee to have on hand a few types of food available to eat, giving the feeling of choosing from a buffet. Attendees will experience the connection of their relationship with food/eating to other relationships (family, marriage, career, friends, money, faith and more).


Roni Maislish M.S.W. is a psychotherapist and Clinical Social Worker. Since 2005, Mr. Maislish has been working with overweight patients suffering with emotional issues stemming from childhood.

From 2007 on, his work as a therapist for emotional eating patients expanded to include leading groups for therapists and non-therapists, both short workshops and year-long dynamic-study groups. He became deeply involved in education-prevention roles: in schools including pre-schools; in eating disorders clinics, dietitian education, mental health departments, and much more.

Between 2018-2020, he worked in Tel Hashomer (Sheba) Hospital, Israel, in an overweight treatment center (part of the Endocrine Institute). And between 2006-2011, he treated eating disorder patients (and their parents) in Soroka University Medical Center, Beersheba, Israel.


  1. Approach obesity from a social-emotional perspective.
  2. Identify various theoretical paradigms applied to emotional eating issues.
  3. Use the Self-Psychology’s paradigm clinically as it relates to the obese person’s relationship with food and eating.
  4. Apply the term empathic self-object clinically.


10:00am-10:15am Welcome & Introduction
10:15am-11:00am PART 1 – Theoretical & Clinical Aspects of Obesity
11:30am-11:45am Break
11:45am-1:00pm PART 2 – Experiential: “Mindfulness Lunch”
1:00pm-1:30pm Discussion
1:30pm Adjourn

Early Bird Registration Ends 9/9/22

If you would like to renew your membership or join SEFAPP and benefit from the member discount, please CLICK HERE


 This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 3.5 CE credits. 

SEFAPP is an approved continuing education provider by the Agency for Health Care Administration of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (BAP #587, expires March 31, 2023). 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. Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities.  SEFAPP and Division 39 are committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological  Association's Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to SEFAPP Administrator at (954) 597-0820.


Please read the confidentiality statement below:

Ensuring the confidentiality of all clinical material presented at our meetings is of the utmost importance to SEFAPP. Attendance is contingent on an agreement to adhere to the following guidelines: Clinical material must not be discussed outside of the session in which it is presented and furthermore must not be recorded, conveyed, or disseminated in written or electronic form. Participants must agree to maintain a secure environment to be utilized solely by the registered participant and protected from intrusion by, or exposure to, unauthorized persons. Presenters of case material must have either obtained informed consent from the patient (or guardian) or taken other carefully considered measures to safeguard confidentiality. If at any time a participant suspects he or she may recognize the identity of a patient in a case presentation, the participant must leave the session immediately. Failure to observe these guidelines constitutes a breach of APA’s ethical principles and may be cause for disciplinary and/or legal action. In order to register, you must acknowledge and agree to the terms described above.


In order to receive CE credits for this conference, participants must attend the event in full. Due to potential unforeseen technical issues that may arise, registration will open 15 minutes prior to the start of the event and we encourage you to connect in advance to avoid tardiness. Please verify that your name appears in your Zoom window as you would like it to appear on your certificate of attendance. To receive CE credits, you must arrive no later than 10 minutes of the start time and must stay until the end of the event when a moderator will take a final tally of complete attendance. Please note that it is not possible to award partial credit to any APA sanctioned CE event.  In order to register, you must acknowledge and agree to the terms described above.

© 2021 | The Southeast Florida Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology (SEFAPP)

Phone/Fax: (954) 637-3883 |  Email:   | Mailing Address: 4800 N. Federal Hwy, Suite 203A, Boca Raton, FL 33431 

| Contact Us |

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software