Pre Conference workshops: Thursday 22 August, 2019
Workshop 1: First Episode Rapid Early Intervention for Eating Disorders (FREED): a novel service model for young people with early stage illness: Why, what and how?
Presenter: Ulrike Schmidt
Time: 9.00am - 12.15pm
Workshop 2: Enhancing outcomes by integrating imagery-based techniques throughout CBT for eating disorders
Presenter: Dr Peter McEvoy & Dr Bronwyn Raykos
Time: 1.00pm to 4.15pm
One of our aims as clinicians is to engage clients in affective change rather than just cognitive change. Imagery is more strongly associated with affect than verbal-linguistic thoughts, so it follows that working within the imagery mode is likely to have a more potent impact on emotion. Imagery-enhanced cognitive behaviour therapy incorporates well-established imagery-based techniques to modify processes that maintain anxiety disorders and associated negative emotions such as shame. This workshop will present an overview of the evidence and rationale for the use of imagery in psychotherapy, including a program of research we are undertaking in the treatment of social anxiety disorder. We will describe how mental imagery has been comprehensively integrated into our interventions for social anxiety to modify negative automatic thoughts and core beliefs, avoidance and safety behaviours, self-focused attention, and negative self-images. We will describe how we have ‘enhanced’ techniques such as cognitive restructuring and behavioural experiments by using mental imagery, and how we use techniques such as coping imagery and imagery rescripting within groups and individually.
The second half of the workshop will outline how we are applying imagery rescripting to the treatment of eating disorders. We will discuss a pilot case series that we are conducting with clients with anorexia nervosa that incorporates an imagery rescripting session into cognitive behavioural therapy for eating disorders (CBT-ED). Attendees will have an opportunity to experience imagery rescripting relevant to eating disorders treatment and to practice implementing the technique. This workshop is for any health professional working with people with eating and emotional disorders who is interested in learning how to integrate more imagery-based work into their therapy.
Professor Peter McEvoy is a senior clinical psychologist at the Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI), and is a teaching and research academic at the School of Psychology, Curtin University. Previously Peter worked as a clinical psychologist and clinic co-ordinator at the Anxiety Disorders Clinic, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, before returning to Perth in 2008 and commencing at CCI. Peter has extensive experience treating anxiety disorders individually and within groups, and he is currently leading an NHMRC-funded randomised controlled trial comparing imagery-enhanced versus verbally-based group CBT for social anxiety disorder. He has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles in the areas of anxiety, depression, and eating disorders, and recently co-authored a book on imagery-enhanced CBT with Dr Lisa Saulsman and Professor Ron Rapee. Peter has taught adult psychopathology and psychotherapy in the master of clinical psychology program at Curtin University since 2014, and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Anxiety Disorders and Journal of Experimental Psychopathology.
Dr Bronwyn Raykos completed her BA (Hons), Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, and Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Western Australia. Prior to joining CCI, her experience included a post at the Institute of Psychiatry in London where she delivered individual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy interventions to adolescents with Major Depression as part of a clinical trial. Bronwyn is currently joint co-ordinator of the Eating Disorders Programme at CCI. She is passionate about providing evidence-based treatment for individuals with eating disorders, including family based treatment (FBT) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Bronwyn is also passionate about evaluating and improving treatments for patients with eating disorders. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences. She received the Top Abstract Award at the Eating Disorders Research Society (EDRS) conference in 2018. Bronwyn is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders.