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Beauty and the Beast: The Nature and Treatment of Body Dysmorphic Disorder

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Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a severe body image disorder characterized by a preoccupation with a perceived flaw in appearance. The most common appearance preoccupations involve face or head (e.g., skin, hair), but any body part can be the focus of concern. BDD is a relatively common and often disabling illness with high suicide rates. Clinicians often do not recognize BDD, and very few are familiar with its treatment. The purpose of this workshop is to provide information on empirically-validated cognitive-behavioral treatment strategies designed to help individuals with BDD. 

The presenter will first describe how to correctly recognize, diagnose, and conceptualize individuals with BDD. Participants will then learn a range of therapeutic techniques including: cognitive strategies for delusional and non-delusional BDD, metaphors and mindfulness exercises, strategies to address low self-esteem and overimportance of appearance, strategies to reduce common BDD behaviors (e.g., body checking, comparing themselves with others, avoidance behaviors), mirror retraining, and strategies for involving patients’ families. In addition, motivational interventions for helping patients overcome resistance to treatment will be presented. Finally, techniques for overcoming specific BDD symptoms such as cosmetic surgery seeking or skin picking, as well as relapse prevention strategies, will be discussed. This workshop is suitable for all those who are interested in working with patients suffering from Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

Location Reading
Category Talking Therapies
Details of Event
Start date 11 Jun 2020
Start time 9:00am
Venue Address University of Reading - Whiteknights campus
Amount £130
Organiser Charlie Waller Institute
Speaker Dr Sabine Wilhelm
Contact No. 0118 378 7537
Keywords Cognitive Behavioraltherapy (CBT), Counselling, Psychological, Psychology, Psychotherapy
Regions South East


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