Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Recognizing and treating the invisible disorder

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Recognizing and treating the invisible disorder

About this event


In this one-day workshop the clinical characteristics of body dysmorphic disorder will be explored by two of Australia’s leading BDD practitioners/researchers. Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is defined as a preoccupation with a perceived defect in one’s appearance.

Given the disorder often does not respond to standard treatment approaches, this workshop will focus on pathways around the often delusional nature of BDD and how to engage clients in unlearning their shame and fear responses. This workshop is ideal for clinicians who occasionally encounter clients with BDD symptoms and want to learn diagnostic and treatment best practice.

Learning outcomes

Identify diagnostic procedures for BDD and muscle dysmorphia in light of DSM-5 criteria.

Appreciate how BDD interacts with cosmetic surgery and why a “psycho-rhinopasty” is a better option.

Have a sound knowledge of the brain mechanisms involved in maintenance of the disorder

Break down a functional analysis of mirror checking, safety behaviours and being excessively self focussed.

Get up-to- date with the latest treatment evidence and guidelines and learn key dos and don’ts of CBT for BDD.

Devise strategies for engaging BDD clients in treatment goals of ceasing ruminating and comparing, dropping of avoidance and safety seeking behaviours and habit reversal of grooming behaviours.

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