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Trauma, eating and weight

30 May 2017 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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This workshop will enable you to identify the role of trauma in your clients’ eating and weight problems.

With clinical examples and the latest research you’ll learn how to sensitively address childhood trauma while integrating the resulting insights into effective treatment for obesity, binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa.

Helping clients with obesity or an eating disorder can be difficult. Often hard-won treatment gains slip away when clients revert to their previous self-defeating behaviours.

One possible reason for relapse is the trauma-related function that disordered eating and excess weight could serve. Early trauma can have lasting consequences causing your clients to resist changing unhealthy eating habits while promoting a negative body image.

As a result unexplored trauma issues can undermine otherwise effective treatment strategies.

Target audience 

This workshop will be most appropriate for psychologists who have had some experience working with obese or eating disordered clients as well as beginning therapists who plan on treating this population.

Extensive knowledge of theories of trauma is not required.

BPS London Office
30 Tabernacle Street

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the effects of three types of childhood trauma.
  2. Define two reasons for eating other than physical hunger.
  3. Discuss the possible role of trauma in obesity, binge eating disorder, bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa.
  4. State, in your own words, how you would start discussing abuse with a client.
  5. Describe a treatment protocol for a trauma-related eating or weight problem.

Facilitator: Dr Edward Abramson 

Edward Abramson, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist, Professor Emeritus at California State University, Instructor at University of California Berkeley Extension, and former Director of the Eating Disorders Center at Chico Community Hospital. He is the author of six books including Weight, Diet and Body Image: What Every Therapist Needs to Know, and Emotional Eating: What You Need to Know Before Starting Another Diet and more than 20 scientific studies of obesity and eating disorders.

Dr. Abramson is a Fellow of The Obesity Society and served on the Board of Directors of the California Psychological Association. He writes a blog, It’s NOT Just Baby Fat! for Psychology Today Magazine and lectures to professional and lay audiences throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He is a frequent guest on American radio and TV programmes and often quoted in publications including The New York Times and Washington Post.


09:30 Registration
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30 Lunch
16:30 Workshop ends
Non-Members £240.00 (£200.00 + VAT)
Society Members

£150.00 (£125.00 + VAT)

Please note: online bookings will close at noon on 26 May 2017. Please call +44 (0)1952 214065 for availability after this point.

To pay by cheque or request an invoice (a purchase order is required for invoices) please complete and return the 2017 Registration Form.

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests at least 6 weeks before the event date.


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