Oval Hall - Bulgarian Red Cross

New interventions for eating and weight disorders: exposure 2.0 - Part I

CBT is the gold standard for eating disorders. Surprisingly, well-known CBT protocols do not include much exposure while exposure is a very effective intervention to reduce eating disorder symptoms. In this workshop we will demonstrate new exposure techniques for all eating and weight disorders. These new exposures have a strong cognitive component; during the exposure expectancies are explicitly violated. For example, a patient might expect to gain 5 kilos after eating 100 grams of chocolate. Or a patient is convinced that she has to eat the whole bag of cookies after eating one. Another patient is afraid of eating a ‘normal’ meal because eating a ‘normal’ meal means a binge. Another one avoids wearing nice tight clothing because then everybody will see how fat and ugly she is. Such expectations are violated through good exposures. A variety of exposures (e.g., cue/craving exposure, body exposure, forbidden food exposure, eating exposure) can be used to violate diverse typical eating disorder related beliefs and expectancies. The exposures will be explained, demonstrated, discussed and practiced.

Learning goal: Being able to design, set up and work through a good exposure session to explicitly violate all types of eating disorder related beliefs and expectancies.