Working with people with eating disorders is challenging. Despite having the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric condition often sufferers find it hard to access mainstream services. Individuals are often desperate for help and then appear to resist this when available. Evidence as to what can help is relatively sparse and often confusing.

 

People with eating disorders often report feeling misunderstood and practitioners may feel overwhelmed and deskilled. Is it a matter of dealing with the underlying psychological disturbance, a need for changes to nutrition and weight control behaviours, systemic work or societal change? What sort of therapy might help? Where to start?

  

The aim of this workshop is to develop an understanding of:

 

  • what we mean by eating disorders.
  • the factors that can lead to the development and the maintenance of eating disorders
  • developing the working alliance
  • goal setting
  • safe practice and risk management
  • ethical considerations

 

The day will incorporate didactic learning and group discussion.

 

Peter Appleton worked for many years in the NHS as a mental health nurse – including 14 years as a highly specialist eating-disorder practitioner offering direct therapy to clients and supervision and training to other professions and organisations. He now has a private counselling and supervision practice in Bristol.


Registration and refreshments are available from 9.30am for a prompt start at 10.00am 

Lunch and refreshments are included in the price

Venue: Engineer’s House, The Promenade, Clifton Down, Bristol BS8 3NB: https://www.makeuk.org/venues/engineers-house-bristol