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


Saturday 24th April
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
£80 – £95

Venue: ONLINE via Zoom and on CATCH-UP for 6 days.

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom. There is a maximum number of tickets to this event, please book early if you are keen to attend. Joining details will be sent to all delegates on Thursday 22nd April after bookings close. Please note that by booking a ticket for this workshop, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions for Zoom events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

There will be opportunities to interact with our speakers Julia Buckroyd, Yeva Feldman and Linda Cundy throughout the day.

All delegates will be supplied with a CPD Certificate. This will be sent automatically to all delegates within 10 days of the date of the conference.

Schedule: 10am to 4.30pm (approximately, eventual timings may differ slightly).

Course Fee:

£95 (standard ticket price before 11am on Thursday 22nd April 2021 when bookings close – pick this ticket if you can afford to pay this, or if all the discounted tickets have been sold).

£80 (discounted ticket – pick this ticket if you are on a reduced income because of CoVid19, or you are a student counsellor/psychotherapist, or you are a newly qualified therapist (2019 or later graduation). Proof of student/graduate status will be required. Limited ticket numbers until 31st March 2021 only.

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!

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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ONLINE: Disordered Eating Conference - Standard
£ 95.00
ONLINE: Disordered Eating Conference - Discounted
£ 80.00