An introduction to working with people with eating disorders and body dysmorphia (CPD50)
Apply a psychodynamic approach to understanding the challenges and attitudes around food, eating and body image
This is an introductory course on eating disorders and body dysmorphia, based on a psychodynamic frame of reference.
Aims and learning objectives
The approach adopted is based on the thoughtful application of psychoanalytic principles and ideas. The symptoms of the eating disorder are considered in terms of the underlying difficulties the patient has or has had in making relationships. Continuities between past and present, infant and adult experiences are observed and explored and attention is paid to trauma and anxiety in early stages of life.
The aims of the course are:
- to enable students to read and reflect on relevant psychoanalytic papers and ideas in relation to eating disorders and body dysmorphia
- to work towards the integration of new ideas by the detailed discussion of actual working situations through case presentations
- to understand the importance of early experience in later attitudes to food, eating and body image
- to tease out some of the unconscious meanings and associations of food, eating and body image
Who is this course for?
This course is for professionals working therapeutically either in private practice or in an NHS setting with patients with eating disorders, feeding difficulties and traits of body dysmorphia.
The course consists of weekly seminars, split into three blocks across the year. During each seminar, a guest speaker will present an overview of an aspect of eating disorders, and/or case material, which will consider unconscious meanings and associations of food, eating and body image.
The rest of the session will then pick up on the themes and look at a related paper or chapter from the reading list. The paper will be given out the week prior to discussion.
This course has now closed for the current academic year. Please register your interest if you would like to be the first to hear about future opportunities to take this course.
There will be eighteen two-hour sessions on the following dates:
|Sessions in 2022||Date||Start time||End time|
|Session 1/18||Tuesday 11 October 2022||7.30pm||9.30pm|
|Session 2/18||Tuesday 18 October 2022||7.30pm||9.30pm|
|Session 3/18||Tuesday 25 October 2022||7.30pm||9.30pm|
|Session 4/18||Tuesday 1 November 2022||7.30pm||9.30pm|
|Session 5/18||Tuesday 8 November 2022||7.30pm||9.30pm|
|Session 6/18||Tuesday 15 November 2022||7.30pm||9.30pm|
|Sessions in 2023||Date||Start time||End time|
|Session 7/18||Tuesday 7 February||7.30pm||9.30pm|
|Session 8/18||Tuesday 14 February||7.30pm||9.30pm|
|Session 9/18||Tuesday 21 February||7.30pm||9.30pm|
|Session 10/18||Tuesday 28 February||7.30pm||9.30pm|
|Session 11/18||Tuesday 7 March||7.30pm||9.30pm|
|Session 12/18||Tuesday 14 March||7.30pm||9.30pm|
|Session 13/18||Tuesday 2 May||7.30pm||9.30pm|
|Session 14/18||Tuesday 9 May||7.30pm||9.30pm|
|Session 15/18||Tuesday 16 May||7.30pm||9.30pm|
|Session 16/18||Tuesday 23 May||7.30pm||9.30pm|
|Session 17/18||Tuesday 30 May||7.30pm||9.30pm|
|Session 18/18||Tuesday 6 June||7.30pm||9.30pm|
This course will be delivered remotely using Zoom.
You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of a laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this Zoom test link to check your set up before booking.
You will be sent the necessary login link about a week before the course start date. Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us to discuss how we can best help you.
Included in your course fee, you will receive online membership to the Tavistock’s internationally-renowned library for the duration of your course.
Our friendly and knowledgeable library team will help to support you through your specialist CPD course, whatever your level of professional or academic experience. You will have access to an extensive range of eBooks, online journals, all the relevant key databases and our specialist audio-visual collection, plus reference access to all our print books.
Our information skills trainer has made lots of material available on Moodle to help you navigate our comprehensive electronic collections. PCs and photocopiers are available for your use (charges apply for printing and copying), as well as various online resources including audio/video playlists.
Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
Register your interest
Bookings are now closed. Register your interest to join our waiting list and be the first to hear when this course reopens.