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Eating Disorders Part 4: Recovery & The Lived Experience

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Eating Disorders: Recovery & The Lived Experience - Workshop with Kel O'Neill and Yvonne McCarthy

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In this final session you will learn about recovery and exactly what it might be like to travel on this journey of illness and recovery. We will present you will a detailed lived experience story and you will even have the opportunity to ask questions about what illness and recovery FEEL like - moving away from textbook learning and towards being immersed in the real experience. Weighing scales do not define the struggle!

This is a FOUR-part online workshop series* - with Kel O'Neill and Yvonne McCarthy

*Together these 4 sessions combine to create "Smashing Stereotypes, stigma and scales: An introduction to Eating Disorders" which is a prerequisite for our new Certificate in Understanding Eating Disorders [coming soon].

Why should I learn more about Eating Disorders?

Eating Disorders are often highlighted for being the mental health illnesses with the highest mortality rate. They are also particularly complex conditions that tend to be very misunderstood and are highly stigmatized. Many Counselors / Therapists choose not to work with clients with Eating Disorders and instead (perhaps rightly so) refer such individuals to specialist services. However, in recent times these specialist services have often been criticized for exceptionally long waiting lists (in some areas this is 12+ months) and for having stringent referral criteria that not all clients meet. This might lead us to wanting to understand more about the topic, or to wondering if and how we might work with these clients…...? These would have been very valid questions and thoughts in 2019 – but, during the current pandemic, Eating Disorder Charities and services have seen a huge increase in demand for services - so it even more important now!

If YOU want to learn more, this workshop series is the perfect place to start. Let's smash stereotypes, stigma and scales by getting educated.

This workshop will be hosted on the Zoom meeting platform where we will use our camera and microphones to interact with each other as a group.

To support practitioners in this time of extraordinary circumstances we are offering access to this group for a self-select fee.

The self-select fee is a radical inclusion policy to open learning for all colleagues. The guide price for this event is £20.00, however, we appreciate that income varies greatly in different locations and circumstances. Please contribute what you can to help us maintain inclusive professional training.

Kel O'Neill

Kel is a Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Educator with a special interest in the area of Eating Disorders. She has spent almost 15 years working in this field in a variety of roles and is ever passionate about sharing her experiences and using her knowledge for the benefit of others.

As well as running her own private practice, Kel delivers Eating Disorder education in a variety of ways, both in person and online. You can find out more in all of these places….

Website | Kel O'Neill - Counselling and Training | Mental Health Bites

Twitter | @Kel_MHB

Instagram | @kel_mhb

Facebook | Counselling and Training - Kel O'Neill

LinkedIn | Kel O'Neill

Yvonne McCarthy

Yvonne McCarthy is by profession an Osteopath with over 25 years' experience. She has been working alongside Kel and building her knowledge of Eating Disorders for around 10 years. Now heading into osteopathic retirement, Yvonne helps to run Kel's services and co-facilitates many of the workshops, bringing great insight into both the medical / physiological side and the body-brain connection that is especially relevant to this topic.

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