The Neuroscience of Eating Disorders – Key Findings and Implications for Clinical Practice
½ day workshop with Dr Roger Mysliwiec
This workshop will begin with providing an up to date overview of the eating disorders and their best practice treatments. This will include dispelling the nine most commonly held myths about eating disorders through discussion of scientific evidence and establishing nine truths about eating disorders. It is intended to then explore in more detail the neurobiological underpinnings of the etiology of the eating disorders and their implications for prognosis and treatment. This will include discussion of the interaction between genetic and environmental risk factors and their role in the development and maintenance of eating disorders and highlight the effects of illness duration on neuroprogression and the resulting urgency for early and effective intervention. Some time will be spent on how to communicate the neuroscience of eating disorders to clients in a therapeutically helpful way. The workshop will look at examples of common challenges and dilemmas of treatment of eating disorders and how principles of clinical neuropsychotherapy can be applied to specific eating disorder presentations like short duration anorexia of adolescents or severe and enduring chronic anorexia.
The workshop will have interactive components and will allow for ample time of discussion. Participants with clinical eating disorders experience are encouraged to bring cases for discussion in small groups.
Some experience in eating disorders and/or neuroscience will be helpful but is not essential.
• Have a good understanding of etiology and best practice treatment of eating disorders
• Have an ability to counter the most common nine myths about eating disorders with scientific evidence
• Develop an ability to communicate the most important neuroscientific findings about eating disorders to clients and their carers
• Develop an understanding of applying neuroscience findings and principles to treatment of eating disorders