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Working with Eating Disorders

Venue: Birkbeck Main Building

Working with Eating Disorders in Short-Term Counselling in HE


While many individuals are aware of the rising rate of drug and alcohol abuse in HE, it is less acknowledged that a striking 25% of college students attempt to control their weight using behaviours associated with eating disorders*. It is estimated that 1.25 million people in the UK have an eating disorder, so it is not surprising that we have seen an increase in students disclosing a current or historic eating disorder often for the first time.

Workshop Themes

  • What are eating disorders?
  • How they present?
  • Strategies to support those presenting with them.
  • Limitations of our work, where and how to refer on to specialist services. 
  • Practical skills based on the emotion focused family therapy model which has proven to be helpful when working with eating disorders and is applicable in short-term interventions.

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