By Beth Shelton, Phillipa Diedrichs, Jessica Smith & Susan Paxton
Clinicians find working with body image with their clients one of the hardest areas and often avoid it. Yet it is very important to clients and if people end their eating disorder treatment still having major body image problems, they are more like to relapse in their eating. This Plenary will address body image from the point of view of the clinician, researcher and lived experience.
Susan Paxton with chair and act as discussant. Susan is Professor of Psychology in the School of Psychological Science, La Trobe University, Melbourne. Her research has focused on understanding risk factors for body image problems and evaluation of prevention and therapy interventions for which she has received the AED Leadership Award in Research. She is Secretary of ANZAED and a Director of the Butterfly Foundation.
Beth Shelton will provide the clinician with an increased understanding of the predicament of a person with an ED who is struggling with body image problems and an overview of ways to help, illustrated with examples from different sources. Beth is a psychologist and clinician/researcher in the field of eating disorders with a long-standing interest in body image. Along with her private practice, Beth provides case consultation, training and service development in her role at the Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders. Beth’s professional history in contemporary dance as choreographer also informs her interest in body image. Beth is president-elect of ANZAED
Jessica Smith will talk about her own experiences of body image as part of an eating disorder. Jessica works to create much needed awareness within society about the importance of Positive Body Image and was recently awarded “Emerging Leader” at the Australian Government Positive Body Image Awards for her social media campaign; ‘Join The Revolution’. Jessica is the WA representative for The Butterfly Foundation, and works as a health promotion officer and program coordinator at the Australian Medical Association in WA.
Phillipa Deidrichs will present the current state of evidence for preventing eating disorders, in terms of reducing onset and established risk factors.