Working with Eating Difficulties
Length 1 day (9.30am - 4.00pm)
Tutor: Jo Baker
CPD Certificate: 6 hours
- Price: £192 per person
Price includes lunch, refreshments and course notes
LIMITED SPACES available per course
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Excellent trainer, very engaging, invaluable insights and knowledge
This new course for qualified HG therapists will help you spot whether your clients have difficulties around food, deepen your understanding of the many causes of eating difficulties and give you practical guidance on the most appropriate ways to support someone who is struggling with eating difficulties, whether they have an official diagnosis or not.
You will leave the workshop with a much better understanding of the causes, impacts and likely presentations of difficulties around food – as well as learning how to apply the skills and concepts encompassed in human givens therapy in this area.
LIMITED AVAILABILITY: this course is part of our new range of Advanced CPD workshops for qualified HG therapists – we envisage it running once a year. Tutor Jo Baker has a wealth of experience in this area; she has previously worked as a volunteer for BEAT and other local eating disorder charities and helped people with eating difficulties in both private practice and university settings.
Why take this course
The numbers of people experiencing eating difficulties are hitting an all time high – in the UK, 1.25 million people are estimated to have a diagnosable eating disorder¹ with hospital admissions more than doubling from 10,318 to 22,000 in the four years between 2016 and 2020².
The early stages (or ‘subthreshold’ stages i.e. when symptoms do not meet full diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder as defined by the DSM-5 or the ICD-11) have been identified as a critical period for preventing progression of an eating disorder³. However, stigma directed towards those experiencing eating difficulties that aren’t believed to be ‘serious enough’ to warrant support⁴ can present a barrier to seeking help.
With its deliberate use of non-clinical language Jo Baker’s new workshop for HG therapists considers all difficulties around eating worthy of help, understanding and support, irrespective of whether or not these difficulties have been diagnosed or meet the criteria for a diagnosable eating disorder. In this regard, the human givens approach takes a step forward towards early intervention, and treating the whole person.
As well as having been a practising Human Givens therapist for 11 years, and teaching the HG Diploma, Jo has previously worked as a volunteer for BEAT and other local eating disorder charities and brings to the day a wealth of practical experience of working with eating difficulties both in private practice and in university settings.
What will you learn
- How to spot that someone has difficulties around food
- An overview of eating difficulties and the different ways they can present
- The potential physical and psychological harm that disordered eating can cause
- The nuance of language – how to avoid causing unintentional distress
- Why it is important not to focus on food
- The causes of most eating disorders and difficulties
- Increased knowledge of the physical impact and social effects of having an eating disorder
- Creating space for the client’s story
- How to help your client identify and challenge destructive thought processes
- Therapeutic tools to get to the root of the problem – we look at which techniques can be useful, and what to be careful of
- The barriers created by clinical language and diagnostic criteria
- Diversity in eating difficulties – a greater understanding of the impact of cultural and contextual factors around eating
- Eating difficulties in men and boys
- How to help your client meet their needs and use their resources in a healthy way
- Eating difficulties and neurodiversity
- An increased awareness of complicating conditions – such as alcohol / substance abuse and medical conditions
- The important role of sleep in recovery
- Why early support is important
- Accessing resources and helping the individual to develop a nurturing self
- Ethical practice
- Understanding the boundaries of your role and your own limitations
- And more…
The ‘Working with Eating Difficulties’ course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.
Who is this course suitable for?
This course is for experienced, qualified HG therapists and counsellors who would like to understand more about eating difficulties, eating disorders and the different ways they can affect people.
It is an invitation to recognise that all experiences of eating difficulties are equally valid and worthy of care and support. It is hoped that the learner develops further depth and breadth to their understanding and feels an increased confidence to support clients with eating difficulties however they present.
The course combines trainer input, discussion and small group activities.
All training is limited by time constraints and whilst we have done our utmost to include a diversity of perspectives there will inevitably be topics that have not been covered. This course is an invitation to recognise that all experiences of eating difficulties are equally valid and worthy of care and support. It is hoped that the learner develops further depth and breadth to their understanding and feels an increased confidence to support clients with eating difficulties however they present.
1. BEAT, 2020
2. NHS, 2021
3. Spettigue et al, 2020
4. Boero & Pascoe, 2012
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