Rather than focus on the DSM diagnoses of eating disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and ‘Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder’) Professor Julia Buckroyd believes that the focus should be ‘disordered eating’. Current diagnoses don’t help clients get the help they need nor reflect the nature of disordered eating, she says.
“I consider that the common denominator of these various ways of manipulating food is the attempt to manage life via food (or the lack of it). I think that many people feel that life is too difficult for them and they turn to food as a way of coping/ distracting themselves from it.”
In this one-day workshop Professor Buckroyd will share her strategies for working with clients experiencing disordered eating. The workshop proposes an explanatory model for disordered eating based on attachment theory and then uses this theory as a steer to devise strategies for working with clients who have difficulties around food, weight, shape and size. The workshop aims to be practical and useful so that participants feel more confident in working with clients of this kind and have a coherent way of thinking about their problems. Please note that the workshop will be both active and interactive and that participants will be asked to consider their own attachment history and their own eating behaviour as well as that of their clients.
Copies of Julia’s book, “Understanding your Eating” will be available to purchase on the day, for the discounted price of £14.99.
Participants will be provided with printed notes to accompany the workshop and will receive a certificate for 5 CPD hours.
Julia Buckroyd is Emeritus Professor of Counselling at the University of Hertfordshire. From 2002-2008 she was Professor of Counselling and from 2004-2008, Director of the Obesity and Eating Disorders Research Unit. She has been working in the field of eating disorders since 1984. Her original training was as an academic historian but she re-trained first as a counsellor at Birkbeck College, University of London and then as a psychotherapist with the Guild of Psychotherapists. Her first post as a student counsellor in 1984 was at London Contemporary Dance School where she became interested in eating disorders. Her first book on eating disorders, Eating Your Heart Out, (2nd edition, Vega, 1996) derives mostly from this experience. From 1994 to 2008 she worked at the University of Hertfordshire while continuing her clinical work as a therapist. Her work with dancers, including work relating to eating disorders was published in The Student Dancer (Dance Books, 2000).
In the past ten years she has applied the insights of therapeutic work with eating disorders to obesity, as well as continuing her work on eating disorders, and has been carrying out a research programme to explore whether psychotherapeutic groups for obese women are effective in creating sustained weight loss. This work is ongoing with a programme of research in this area. Her account of this research and the group programme that she developed was published in 2007 (Julia Buckroyd and Sharon Rother, Therapeutic Groups for Obese Women; a group leader’s handbook, Wiley). She has also sought to support work on psychological aspects of all forms of disordered eating via conferences and publications. She and Sharon Rother completed an edited book in this area (‘Psychological Aspects of Eating Disorders and Obesity’, Wiley) published in 2008.
For four years, from January 2004 to December 2007, she was editor of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, the research journal for BACP. In this role she continued the journal’s mission to make research accessible to practitioners and to support the development of counselling and psychotherapy research in the UK.
Since her retirement from the University of Hertfordshire she has been applying her research to clinical work including a pilot obesity service in a PCT. She has also developed a programme for emotional eaters available to the general public, Understanding your Eating, which is being developed as a commercial project www.understandingyoureating.co.uk. In addition, Professor Buckroyd offers supervision, workshops and consultancy to a wide range of organisations on psychological approaches to all forms of disordered eating.