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DYING TO BE THIN - WORKING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE WITH EATING DISORDERS

DYING TO BE THIN - WORKING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE WITH EATING DISORDERS

Much of the literature suggests that the incidence of eating disorders in young people as well as younger children is on the increase and remains the condition with the highest mortality rate in psychiatric practice.

Eating disorders are not about wanting to be thin and are not linked to the 'Supermodel syndrome'. People with eating disorders constantly need to be thinner than they are currently and are linked much closer to self loathing than to wanting to make themselves attractive.

Eating disorders are distressing for victims, families and for those who work with them. Much current treatment for inpatients revolves around reward and punishment. If they do not meet targets set for them they are punished but when they are already experiencing intense internal punishment, inflicting more may simply be counter productive.

This workshop will consider the needs of young people with eating disorders and how these can be met in a variety of ways within a therapeutic setting. The focus will be mainly on Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.

This workshop is suitable for anyone working with young people with eating disorders, in a therapeutic way and who has had little or no previous training in this area.

AIMS OF THE WORKSHOP

  • To define what constitutes an eating disorder.
  • To consider the incidence of eating disorders in young people, who develop eating disorders and high risk groups.
  • To consider the physical effects of eating disorders;
  • To consider ethical and legal issues.
  • To develop an understanding of the therapeutic needs of young people with eating disorders;
  • To explore a variety of creative ways of working with young people with eating disorders.
  • To consider the needs of practitioners working with young people with eating disorders.



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