Treating Eating Disorders With Cognitive Behavioural Strategies
Course Date: Refer to Calendar page.
Normal Fee: $580. Funding details available at the Funding page.
Cognitive behavioral therapy for eating disorders is the clinically-proven, most scientifically researched treatment for eating disorders. Rather than focusing on causes of the disorder from the distant past, cognitive behavioural therapy focuses on immediate conditions that maintain eating disorders. The CBT model emphasizes the important role that both thoughts (cognitive) and actions (behavioural) plays in maintaining an eating disorder. Individuals with eating disorders often hold a negative or distorted view of themselves and their bodies. These highly critical thoughts can result in feelings of shame, anxiety or disgust that often trigger weight control behaviours and fuel a cycle of negative self-evaluation.
This 1-day workshop uses lecture, experiential exercises, role-plays and scripted interventions that will be practiced in the workshop. It has the following parts: Part A gives an understanding of the various kinds of eating disorders. Part B focuses on the cognitive view or paradigm of the various eating disorders. Part C discusses the application of cognitive behavioural strategies. Part D discusses how prevention strategies can be adopted, such as how to reduce stigma, etc.
The trainer, Dr Matthew Woo, has had 23 years of experience in the treatment of mental disorders, and has seen extensive progress in eating disordered clients with the application of cognitive behavioural strategies. In this workshop, the cognitive behavioural strategies are taught and applied in a manner suitable for the lay-person and the beginning therapist/counselor to understand.
An articulate and engaging trainer, his workshops are always very well-received.
- Social Workers, Counsellors and Psychologists working in VWOs
- Medical Social Workers working in hospitals and medical institutions
- School Personnel, such as Principals and Vice-Principals, Teachers, School Counsellors, and AEDs
- Psychologists and Counsellors in private practice
- Parents of eating disordered teenagers
1 day (8 hours)
Part A: Understanding Eating Disorders
- What is an Eating Disorder?
- Mental health and eating disorder
- Eating disorder in males and females
- Difference between Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating
- Identify early signs and symptoms
- Risk factors and diagnosis
- Factors behind eating disorders
- Emphasis on physical beauty
- Tradition role expectation
- Social media influence
Part B: Understanding Eating Disorders
- Understanding how an eating disordered person feel & behave
- Compensatory eating
- Restrictive and Overeating: Flipside of the same coin
- Somatic sensations
- Calorie counting
- Hunger as wellness, Fullness as dyscontrol
- ROLE PLAY/EXPERENTIAL EXERCISE
Part C: Effective Intervention
- Cognitive behavioural strategies
- Useful intervention skills that include
- Monitoring the Perception of Fullness (POF)
- Setting up exposure hierarchy for feared foods
- Setting up exposure hierarchy for craved foods
- Food diary to modify body sensations
- Desensitising and distraction techniques
- ROLE PLAY/EXPERENTIAL EXERCISE
- Other practical intervention strategies
- Weight gain, specialist team
- Multi-disciplinary team
- Types of treatment
- Day programme at SGH
- Inpatient treatment
Part D: Prevention Strategies
- Education (Positive Messaging)
- Cultivating a healthy body image
- Externalizing the disorder
- Bullying and negative messages
- Early prevention
- Reducing Stigma