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"Deformed, Defective and Flawed" Approaches to Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Tuesday 10th March 2020

The Met Hotel, King Street, Leeds, LS1 2HQ

9am Registration, 9:30am Welcome and 4:30pm Close


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NICE describes Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) as "characterised by preoccupation with an imagined defect in one's appearance, or in the case of a slight physical anomaly, the person's concern is markedly excessive. BDD is characterised by time-consuming behaviours such as mirror gazing, comparing particular features to those of others, excessive camouflaging tactics to hide the defect, skin picking and reassurance seeking."

Presented by Andy Williams, Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor and Trainer, Director of Training at the TA Training Organisation, the purpose of this workshop is to provide a greater insight into this presentation, and to orientate the professional in the directions that treatment might take. We will cover the fundamentals of BDD including a working diagnosis, assessment and a treatment road map. There will be time in the day to explore a potential shared case conceptualisation and some core treatment components using a CBT framework. The day will include some brief thoughts around hair pulling and skin picking as well as some psychodynamic thinking. The course will enhance therapist's skills or help mental health professionals to understand the likely treatment direction being offered to their client.

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