Category: Eating Disorders

Mini Workshop

Mini Workshop 18 - Exposure-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders: Addressing Anxiety on Both Sides of the Table

Saturday, November 18
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Aqua 300 A & B, Level 3, Aqua Level

Keywords: Eating Disorders | Exposure | Adult Anxiety
Presentation Type: Mini Workshop
Level of Familiarity: Basic to Moderate

Evidence-based CBT for eating disorders requires the use of exposure therapy to address a range of symptoms (e.g., fear of changing dietary intake; fear of uncontrollable weight gain; emotional avoidance through bulimic behaviours; body image distortion). However, clinicians working with this patient group routinely fail to use the necessary exposure-based methods. Clinicians are particularly likely to do this if they are anxious themselves or believe (erroneously) that patients will find this aspect of CBT to be unacceptable to the patient. Even when clinicians do use exposure, it is commonly carried out on the basis of relatively outdated methods and in ignorance of recent developments in how to carry out exposure most effectively.

This session will:
• detail the evidence that exposure is a crucial element of effective, evidence-based CBT for eating disorders
• stress the importance of exposure for working with comorbid anxiety disorders
• identify reasons why clinicians are wary of delivering exposure therapy
• update the attendees on recent research regarding how to deliver effective exposure techniques
• provide case examples of how exposure is delivered in routine practice, based on the presenters’ own clinical cases
• prepare attendees to change their own practice in working with eating disorders

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Recommended Reading: Craske, M., Treanor, M., Conway, C., Zbozinek, T., & Vervliet, B. (2014). Maximizing exposure therapy: An inhibitory learning approach. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 58, 10-23.

Luethcke, C., McDaniel, L., & Becker, C. B. (2011). A comparison of mindfulness, nonjudgmental, and cognitive dissonance-based approaches to mirror exposure. Body Image, 8, 251-258
Farrell, N.R., Deacon, B.J., Dixon, L.J., & Lickel, J.J. (2013). Theory-based training strategies for modifying practitioner concerns about exposure therapy. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27, 781-787.

Carolyn Becker

Professor
Trinity University

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Glenn Waller

Professor
The University of Sheffield

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