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LIVE: Disordered Eating or Eating Disorders: Communication, Disconnection and Food


Saturday 24th April
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
£110 – £125


City Coast Centre
City Coast Centre, North St
Portslade, BN41 1DG United Kingdom
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Venue: City Coast Centre, North Street, Portslade (Brighton & Hove), BN41 1DG.

Schedule: 10am to 4.30pm (Registration at 9.45am).

Course Fee: early bird £110 (before 31st March 2021; £125 thereafter). CPD certificate provided.

Payment: Payment is via Paypal or bank transfer only. We are NOT accepting payment by cheque at this time. Bookings must be paid for either via Paypal, Credit/debit card (via Paypal, no Paypal account required), or bank transfer. ALL BANK TRANSFER PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE BY 11AM ON THURSDAY 22nd APRIL IN ORDER TO SECURE YOUR PLACE!

This workshop will take place LIVE with our speakers Professor Julia Buckroyd, Yeva Feldman and Linda Cundy on Saturday 24th April 2021. Also available ONLINE via simultaneous live stream (see separate event page to book the online event).

COVID COMPLIANCE – Please be aware that the following may change according to Government legislation and guidance: In light of CoVid19 legislation we are restricting workshop numbers to a maximum of 20 (at the time of writing) and will be holding the workshop in an over-sized space to allow for physical distancing. Under current Government legislation and guidance this is a permitted educational event, as long as delegates do not attend or gather in groups of more than 6. As most delegates attend individually this will be unlikely. If you wish to attend you will be required to wear a face mask, visor or covering throughout the day, and will be required to maintain a physical distance from others of 2 metres or 1 metre with risk mitigation (mask, being outside, etc). Despite these restrictions we believe this will be a great opportunity to experience small group teaching with a line-up of amazing speakers. Before booking your ticket please read our Terms and Conditions for this event. Booking a ticket will be deemed acceptance of these T&Cs.

Disordered Eating or Eating Disorders: Communication, Disconnection and Food

We all have a relationship with eating. Food is essential for nourishment, health and survival. How and why does our relationship with food sometimes become unhelpful, complex, chaotic, tortuous and even life threatening? This conference looks at some of the issues at play when our relationship with eating becomes less than helpful. We will look at how eating can be seen as a means of communication, a means to cope and survive trauma, and how the experience and loss of our early attachment bonds might influence our relationship with food.

Session one
Professor Julia Buckroyd: “Disordered eating in families and relationships: a wordless communication”

This presentation looks at some of the issues in families and relationships when one person has an eating disorder.

An eating disorder is a communication, wordless and hard to interpret, usually aimed at someone in the household. It is an indication of distress and needs to be put into words that can then be discussed, processed and worked on.

This process is made difficult because even if the target can be identified, the disordered eater rarely knows what it is about. The therapeutic task is therefore to make conscious the purposes of the disordered eating and enable the management of them within the couple or family by other and less destructive means.

The presentation will enable participants to recognise the significance of the disordered eating as communication; facilitate the understanding of the meaning of the eating behaviour, help the couple/family to discuss/communicate previously unmanaged issues in the relationship(s) and explore other means of managing the issues that arise from this process.

Session two
Yeva Feldman: “Anorexia Nervosa: Moving from disconnection to connection, an embodied relational approach”

Anorexia Nervosa has more recently been described as a ‘disease of disconnection’:  disconnection from one’s authentic self (thoughts, feelings and needs), from one’s body (bodily cues and sensations) and from one’s close others (Tantillo, Sanftner & Hauenstein, 2013).

Yeva works from the premise that the disordered eating was a response to something that happened to the individual. Often there isn’t just one traumatic event; there may be layers of attachment trauma, neglect, loss, and invalidating experiences from childhood. The disordered eating is what the individual did to cope and survive.

When the disordered eating is viewed as protector, there is an opening for the more vulnerable self to emerge. Anorexia is a highly effective protective resource. Developing and strengthening somatic and relational resources are essential in order for the individual to feel they have other means of protecting and coping with overwhelming feelings.

In this presentation, Yeva will highlight the key elements she has found essential in helping individuals living with Anorexia Nervosa move from disconnection to connection illustrated by case examples.

Session three
Linda Cundy: “The Last Supper: Attachment, Loss – and Food”

“The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.”   E. M. Forster.

Food and attachment are intimately connected; from the start of life our feeding experiences involve relationships. How we are held and fed is influenced by our caregiver’s capacity for sensitive attunement, related to her or his own attachment history.

Cultural factors also play their part in our relationship with food and influence how we come to nourish ourselves (or deny ourselves) later on.

Cooking and eating together is part of couple bonding and family life. So, when an attachment figure dies, our relationship to the world – including food – is shaken up. Separation anxiety, bereavement and unresolved loss all impact on appetite, eating habits and our sense of self. This talk will explore the grieving process through the relationship with food.

Plus, Plenary for panel discussion, questions, and additional material.


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