Working with Emotions: Understanding emotions and distress when working with eating disorders and supports
Working with Emotions: Understanding emotions and distress when working with eating disorders and supports

Working with Emotions: Understanding Emotions & Distress when working with Eating Disorders and Supports

Presented by CEED Senior Clinicians Tanya Gilmartin, Rhiannon Griggs, Amy Woods & Julia Quinn

Delivered over one day – Online 
Thursday 12 October 2023
9.00 am – 4.00pm

Having an eating disorder or engaging in disordered eating is associated with high levels of distress for clients and their supports. High levels of emotions and difficulties managing emotions can be present at all stages of treatment. This can be in relation to food/eating, body image, as well as other life domains. In addition, high levels of distress can interfere with treatment goals and lead to prematurely ending treatment.

This workshop is designed as an adjunct to evidence-based treatments such as Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT-E), Specialist Supportive Clinical Management (SSCM), and Family Based Therapy (FBT), and focuses on understanding and working with difficult emotions. Strategies are drawn from Neurobiological theory as well as CBT, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT), Temperament Based Treatment with Supports (TBT-S) and Collaborative Care Skills Workshop (CCSW).

It is expected that by the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the experience of distress among individuals with eating disorders
  • Understand the differences between state based and trait-based anxiety and how they may be conceptualised differently
  • Understand different domains of distress (emotions, behaviours, physiological responses and cognitions) and levels of distress, as well as appropriate interventions for each
  • Have learned strategies/techniques to include supports in recognising and managing distress

This training is considered advanced treatment training provided by CEED and as such, prior completion of eating disorders introductory training is a prerequisite for this training. If you have not completed introductory eating disorders training, or this is a new area of work for you, prior to attending the training please access and watch the following introductory to eating disorders resources (2 x 30min recordings) freely available via the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC).

  1. Introduction to Eating Disorders: HERE
  2. Eating Disorders: Screening and Assessment: HERE

In addition, it is strongly recommended that participants have also completed some model-based training for individuals with eating disorders (e.g. CBT-E, SSCM, FBT)

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