Beyond the Myths of Eating Disorders – Food as Metaphor
“I have never seen anyone recover from an eating disorder without some type of emotional recovery” (Johnston 2000).
Eating disorders represent one of the most challenging clinical presentations. Approximately 15% of Australian women experience an eating disorder during their lifetime. Given the complexities and serious biopsychosocial consequences of these disorders it is important to have effective and efficient treatment.
Often practitioners do not feel that they have adequate knowledge and skills to work with this client group. The clients are often described as difficult, non-compliant, manipulative and resistant to treatment. This is rarely the case, a different kind of listening is required to work with these clients. In this seminar you will learn that by altering the way we listen and work with these clients permanent recovery is possible.
The concept of Food as Metaphor will be presented. This considers how our relationship with food is symbolic of our relationship with others and how the food relationship can be transformed through myths, metaphors and storytelling.
Through a combination of lecture and small group exercises, participants will discover that disordered eating is often hidden as a metaphor in their client’s own life story where food is not the real issue.
In this seminar, you will learn how to help your clients distinguish physical hunger from symbolic hunger so they are no longer trapped in thinking it is food they want, but rather their heart’s desire.
This seminar will present the work of Dr Anita Johnston, “Eating in the Light of the Moon” (2000), along with theory from a Transactional Analysis framework and the current clinical practice of the Intensive Outpatient Program at EATFED (Education and Therapy for Eating Disorders) which holds the Australian consultation agreement with Dr Anita Johnston for this program.
By the completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:
How will you benefit from attending this seminar?
Sue Paton – Presenter
Leadership Consultant, Educator, Speaker, Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Supervisor & Entrepreneur
Sue has a Masters of Applied Psychotherapy (UTS) and a Masters of Adult Education (UTS). She is also a Certified Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy) and a Provisional Training and Supervising Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy).
Over the past 17 years Sue has had the privilege of being trained by some of the world’s leading experts in consulting, coaching, neuro-linguistic programming, neuroscience, counselling and psychotherapy. As a leadership consultant she is one of the most highly trained in the world. Sue has changed hundreds of people’s lives, transforming their view of the world and themselves. For the last 6 years she has been an educator at the Australian College of Applied Psychology in Sydney, part of the Navitas Professional Group – a global education provider. As an educator, Sue is known as passionate, with a great sense of humour. She is committed to sharing her knowledge and empowering her students to reach their full potential. As a clinician, educator, supervisor and consultant, Sue has vast experience and knowledge, which she brings to the clinical, personal and business setting.
Sue is the co-founder of EATFED (Education and Treatment for Eating Difficulties) and the Clinical Director. A thought leader in how disordered eating is treated in Australia, Sue is available to speak on a wide range of topics, including, Parenting, Child & Adult Development, Neuroscience in Relationships and of course disordered eating. In particular she focusses on how the treatment of eating disorders in Australia requires a major overhaul if we are to keep up with treatment offered overseas.
Evonne Englezos – Co-Presenter
Leadership Consultant, Speaker, Coach, Mentor & Entrepreneur
Evonne has a Bachelor of Economics (USyd), a Graduate Diploma of Counselling and is currently completing a Masters of Applied Social Science (Counselling) (ACAP).
Evonne has shared the stage with and worked alongside international experts on women's issues around food, weight and body image. She has worked with hundreds of women to transform their lives. Evonne is known as a change agent in the industry of eating disorders for women. She makes complicated concepts easy to digest and in her work she provides clarity, honesty and a lot of laughter. She has inside knowledge about disordered eating as she herself has recovered from an eating disorder.
Evonne is the co-founder of EATFED and the Program Director. A thought leader in how disordered eating is treated in Australia. As a leadership consultant she is one of the most highly trained in the world. Evonne is available to speak about how to treat eating disorders, using myth, metaphor and storytelling.
New Date: 7th December, 2013
Time 9.30am - 4.30pm
Cost $275 (inc. GST)
Venue 3 Church Street, Waverley NSW 2024