National Youth Training e-forum - Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders




The Werry Workforce Whāraurau 
National Youth Training e-forum - Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders
took place on Tuesday 7 April 

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Werry Workforce Whāraurau hosted a National Youth Training e-forum via Zoom which focused on working with young people with disordered eating and eating disorders.
The presenters provided an overview of common eating difficulties with young people and introduce some key ways or approaches when working with young people and their family/whānau. 


Rachel Lawson is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Head of the South Island Eating Disorders Service for the Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch, New Zealand. She was made a Fellow of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists (NZCCP) in 2017 in recognition of her work in the field of eating disorders.
Ms Lawson has extensive experience in the treatment of eating disorders in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
She supervises, consults and trains local and national audiences, and presents at both national and international conferences. Furthermore, she has an interest in workforce development, for which she has held both national and Australasian-wide project roles.
Ms Lawson is also the co-author of two books – Beating Your Eating Disorder: A Cognitive-Behavioral Self-Help Guide for Adult Sufferers and their Carers, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders: A Comprehensive Treatment Guide. She has also written journal articles on eating disorders.
Ms Lawson has served as a member of the executive board of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders (ANZAED) for four years, and chaired the ANZAED annual conference in 2016.
Additional presenters are four senior and experienced clinicians from the South Island Eating Disorders Service (SIEDS). SIEDS is one of four speciality services in New Zealand providing assessment and treatment of eating disorders across both in and outpatient settings. Clinicians from SIEDs regularly provide supervision, training and consultation about eating disorders around the South Island.


Rachel Lawson is a Senior Clinical Psychologist currently employed as the Clinical Head of the South Island Eating Disorders Service. Rachel is in international specialist in the area of eating-disorder, frequently being approached to provide advice on prevention, assessment and intervention. Rachel’s presentation provides a contemporary overview of both disordered eating and eating disorders, with information on signs and intervention/treatment options. 

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Louise Bennett is a Clinical Dietitian with 8+ years of experience helping people of all ages with a range of nutrition needs. She is currently employed part-time at the South Island Eating Disorders Service and has previously worked in other mental health services. Louise is passionate about providing personalised, evidence-based nutrition care to help people improve their health and well-being.

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Heidi Brace is a Social Worker with extensive experience in working with people experiencing eating disorder, with a particular focus on working with families.  She is currently employed at the South Island Eating Disorders Service and has previously worked in other mental health services. Heidi’s presentation focuses on whānau involvement in treatment across diagnoses in addition to an overview of the delivery of Maudsley Family Therapy.

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There is no cost for attendance at this event. 

For enquiries regarding this event please contact Nicki Drummond:

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Tuesday 7 April 2020
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09 923 8560
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