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Eating Disorder Training Revamp

If you are a regular reader, you will already be aware that I offer a number of training workshops on the topic ‘Eating Disorders’ – perhaps that is even how you came to this blog.  As a Trainer, and also as someone very passionate about increasing others’ understanding of Eating Disorders, I pride myself on offering accessible comprehensive education.  I am regularly reviewing and updating the facts of my workshops in line with new research – however, I’ve been using the same format for the sessions for a while now.  It’s time they got a revamp.

EatingDisorderTrainingPresently I have two ‘flagship’ workshops, the first of which is ‘Eating Disorder Workshop 1: Towards a Greater Understanding’.  This workshop offers a comprehensive understanding of the topic in question and is suitable for a wide variety of professionals.  While this workshop continues to be popular and generally attracts a 5* feedback, it has come to my attention that someone has copied our marketing, and is utilising the session title.  I’d like to think that this was a coincidence (although highly unlikely given an almost identical layout), and I’d also like to take it a compliment – but frankly, it is pretty annoying and upsetting.  Everything you see me produce is done with great care – and the stolen workshop title was produced following a large scale email vote; so for someone simply to like it, take it and put their name to it, is plagiarism.  This is without the dozens of hours spent on design and layout.

I could get caught up in being angry, I could contact the person, I could attempt to take some professional actions…. But, I’m not really sure where I stand with all that, and I just don’t think it is worth my time and energy.  I will, therefore, be using this as an opportunity to make the workshop even better and will be releasing the update along with a new title.

The title of a workshop is very important because it is the first and overarching projection of the training.  My ‘Workshop 1’ is in no way basic, so to call it an ‘introduction’, a ‘foundation’, or something similar is a complete misnomer; even GP’s have told me the day contains a lot of content.  So, I shall have to get my thinking cap on.

‘Eating Disorder Workshop 2: In Practice’ is the other flagship session and is specifically aimed at those interested in my ‘take’ on the therapeutic conception of working with this client group.  Overall this workshop is also received very well – however, I have consistently received feedback that there is ‘too much information’.  I, therefore, have a number of options when it comes to the revamp.  There might be a complete rewrite, I could split the workshop into two, or I might choose to offer the workshop in different formats – such as a one-day intensive workshop, and a two-day slower format with more processing time (thus allowing people to choose what works best for them).

Beyond this, all of the other sessions (3 hours Mental Health Nurses Introduction, GP workshop etc) will also be refreshed and updated.

I will also be considering adding MORE workshops to the repertoire.  I’d love your input and feedback.  What knowledge would you like to see included in the sessions?  What additional workshops would you like to see?  What – in your opinion – makes a good workshop?

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