What is the course about?
This course aims to help qualified counsellors and psychotherapists in private practice gain a solid foundation in understanding the theoretical, medical and psychological components of eating disorders and self-harming behaviour. Is it designed to help practitioners learn about the many complex emotional/psychological factors which can contribute to their development, as well as the dangerous, sometimes life threatening physiological symptoms which can occur as a result of the behaviours and to build greater awareness of how best to work safely with these difficulties in private practice.
What will we cover?
• Humanistic, Psychodynamic and CBT approaches to working with eating disorders and self-harming behaviours.
• DSM categories of eating disorders and self-harming behaviour.
• Medical/Physiological dangers and potential complications.
• How to work Integratively so that both the emotional/psychological needs and the attendant symptoms/behaviour are addressed effectively.
• Working together with other agencies such as Community Mental Health Teams, GPs and Psychiatrists.
• Maximising supervisory support and taking time for self-care.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Identify potential signs that a client is struggling with an eating disorder and/or other self-harming behaviours.
• Identify the severity of your client’s difficulties and feel confident to make a decision about whether to consult with other specialist professionals in general medicine or psychiatry and feel able to take this forward if possible.
• Have a broad enough understanding of the different categories of eating disorder in particular and of some self-harming problems to identify a client’s specific difficulties/symptoms and to think through with her/him practical ways for keeping safe.
• Have a good enough basic knowledge of Humanistic, Psychodynamic and CBT approaches to understanding and working with eating disorders and self-harm to feel confident to address and unpick these complex issues directly with clients.
• Have a better awareness of your own personal experience of and feelings about these issues to enable you to identify if a client’s eating disordered or self-harming behaviour is triggering sensitive personal material and to seek sufficient professional and personal support if needed.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is aimed at already qualified counsellors and psychotherapists in private practice. As such students are likely to have experience of working therapeutically with clients although you do not have to have any previous experience of working with eating disorders and self-harm.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teaching methods include lectures, videos, whole group discussions, interactive group exercises, case studies and role plays. Students are encouraged to do some extra reading outside of the class, but this is not a requirement.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs unless students decide for themselves that they would like to purchase a specific book but this is not an expectation. Apart from pen and paper there is nothing else you will need to bring.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The tutor will aim to give individual feedback to each student towards the end of the course. This may be via a face-to-face meeting or in a written summary depending on student numbers.