CBT for Eating Disorders – A Workshop in Stockport on 8th Sept 2016

No pussyfooting: CBT for eating disorders – A workshop with Caroline Vermes and Joanne Blezard in Stockport on Thurs 8th September 2016

09:30 – 16:00

Vermes1Blezard1CBT for eating disorders may seem like a strange topic for a Mindsite workshop. We have both worked with clients who undereat, overeat and binge; and we have been perplexed by the difficulties it raises. We know something of the physical factors and the emotional issues, but this does not necessarily translate into good outcomes for clients. This is why we have asked two professionals, who specialise in the topic, to come along and tell us about approaches that work. The workshop tackles the issues directly and attempts to show how an approach based of the creative use of CBT can deliver results in a general counselling setting.

CBT for eating disorders covers the elements of successful treatment for clients who request help. It provides an introduction to the contemporary transdiagnostic theoretical framework (Fairburn, 2008), as well as practical application of core therapeutic tasks including formulation, self-monitoring, regular eating and tackling over-evaluation of weight and shape. It will also explore therapist attributes that facilitate an effective working alliance. This workshop aims to be experiential and includes clinical learning via live, interactive demonstrations with an actor. The session is for qualified and trainee therapists with any level of experience, and the learning is beginner to intermediate level.


09:30 – 11:00 Intro to transdiagnostic treatment for eating disorders. Stages and core elements.
Interactive demonstration of formulation.
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 12:15 Interactive demonstration of client and therapist developing self-monitoring and
regular eating
12:15 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:30 Interactive demonstration of collaborative weighing; addressing mood and event-
related changes in eating
14:30 – 14:45 Coffee break
14:45 – 15:30 Addressing over-evaluation of weight and shape
15:30 – 16:00 Should CBT be modified? When and how?

About the presenters

Caroline Vermes and Joanne Blezard are clinical leads with Oakwood Psychology Services, a local social enterprise that has delivered an NHS-commissioned community eating disorder service for the past 18 years. Joanne facilitates creative therapies groups that promote positive identity and body image; and self-help groups for overcoming binge eating. She also provides family and individual therapy for personal development, eating disorders and trauma resolution. Caroline has provided client care and therapist education in general adult counselling and psychotherapy, and she has specialised in the treatment of eating and weight disorders since 1994.

The event will start at 09:30 and finish at 16:00.

The cost is £90 per delegate. For groups of three or more people who book and pay together there is a reduced rate of £80.

To download the flyer for the event click here.

To download the programme for the day click here.

The event, which includes lunch, will be held in the comfortable, modern Friends Meeting House in Stockport.

6 hours CPD. An individually signed certificate of attendance will be provided to all registered delegates. Those who register within 24 hours of the event, or who wish to obtain a duplicate, can order one from the website.

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Fairburn, C. G. (2008). Cognitive behavior therapy and eating disorders. New York: Guilford Press.

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