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Assisting individuals & their families with eating and body image issues

Event number: 17436
6 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Paula Kotowicz & Dr Emma Jaquet, MAPS

The purpose of this workshop is to provide attendees with information, skills and strategies to support an individual who may be struggling with issues related to poor body image, disordered eating and eating disorders. It must be noted that attendees do not need to be ‘specialised’ in this field to make very positive and helpful contributions to their clients and/ or the families of clients with these issues.

We will cover some key areas in this workshop.

In Part 1, we explore cultural and societal factors that contribute to the development of body-related issues, such as the ‘thin ideal’, the ‘obesity epidemic’ and the ‘perfection illusion’. We define negative body image, disordered eating and eating disorders, and look at each eating disorder type and its classification in the DSM-5.

In Part 2, we focus on the importance of the role of health, youth and education professionals with regards to intervention for these issues and recognizing signs and symptoms that individuals may present with, in your workplace. We also focus on concrete, relevant and helpful strategies to facilitate positive interventions and outcomes. We discuss the need to recognize when it’s time to refer your client to specialized practitioners.

In Part 3, we explore the very crucial supportive role that the professional can have with a client’s parent/s or carer/s and family, using behavioural management and positive psychology strategies.

Part 4 is dedicated to prevention; the importance of self-awareness related to our own thoughts, language and messaging that we may be inadvertently perpetuating; and useful resources.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of successfully completing this workshop attendees will:

  • Be better informed about body dissatisfaction and the factors which contribute to it.
  • Understand the difference between negative body image, disordered eating and eating disorders (as classified in the DSM 5).
  • Adopt an evidence-based approach to addressing symptoms of disordered eating in their clients.
  • Extend their repertoire of clinical skills to address symptoms of disordered eating including minimizing unhelpful behaviours, increasing sense of self (identity) and addressing trauma.
  • Understand relevant family-based interventions for working with parents and carers of individuals with symptoms of disordered eating.
  • Know when to refer and support or actively intervene with symptoms of disordered eating.

About the presenter(s)

Dr Emma Jaquet B.Sc. (Hons), M.Psych (Clinical), PhD, MAPS: I assist children, adolescents, adults, couples and families to understand and manage feelings (anxiety, depression, stress, loneliness and anger), unhelpful thoughts and unworkable behaviours. I provide clients with ideas to increase self-awareness, improve communication, relationships and parenting, examine thoughts and beliefs, facilitate problem solving and motivate goal-directed behaviour change. My aim is to help my clients to develop resilience and to flourish. I tailor my approach to suit the needs of the individual, couple or family. I am happy to involve partners, extended family, schools and workplaces when requested.

Paula Kotowicz (Counsellor): I provide services to clients aged 12+ primarily with eating disorder, eating and body image issues. I use evidence based approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. I also use innovative strategies including my Food and Meal Therapy™ which I developed to help eating disorder sufferers learn how to tolerate anxiety around eating as they recover from their illness. Working on underlying traumas as well as helping clients to improve their sense of self to enable them to develop resilience and greater protection against potential future lapses or relapses, is also vitally important. I sit on the Membership Committee at ANZAED, the peak body for eating disorder professionals committed to leadership and collaboration in research, prevention, treatment and advocacy.


Rydges Sydney Central is 5-10 minute walk from Central Station

Surry Hills

Rydges Sydney Central
28 Albion St
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 21/7/2017
End date: 21/7/2017
Time: 9:30am-4:30pm


APS CAFPIG member $200.00

APS CAFPIG student member $140.00

APS member: $240.00
APS student: $140.00
Non member: $280.00


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