Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders expert speaks at cross border workshop
Health professionals and voluntary organisation representatives from
across the border counties attended a two day cross border workshop in
Omagh, Co. Tyrone to learn about the latest techniques in the
treatment of eating disorders. The workshop was organised by the
Co-operation and Working Together’s (CAWT) cross border eating
disorders project with funding from the European Union’s INTERREG IVA
programme. The workshop was led by Professor Christopher Fairburn from
the University of Oxford who is renowned for his work in developing
and evaluating new treatments for eating disorders.

Through the CAWT cross border eating disorders project we have created
12 new eating disorder therapists posts to cover the entire border
region, with three of these posts covering the HSE Dublin North East
counties of Cavan, Monaghan and Louth. The HSE want to ensure that
eating disorder services are as effective as possible for patients and
this specialist workshop has enabled staff to learn about the latest
techniques and methods in treating what is a often a very difficult
and complex condition.

In the two day workshop Professor Fairburn explained a new approach to
the treatment of the full range of eating disorders seen in clinical
practice including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other less
common eating disorders. His approach involves the use of enhanced
cognitive behaviour therapy and addressing patients’ concerns about
shape and weight. Other topics addressed at the workshop included
engaging with patients who have eating disorders, dealing with binge
eating and purging, and helping underweight patients regain weight.
Newer methods for tackling areas such as self-esteem and relationship
difficulties were also outlined.