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Group cognitive remediation therapy
By Dr Marion RobertsCognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) is an adjunct treatment module for anorexia nervosa, developed in response to empirical findings of inefficient neurocognitive processing styles amongst this client group. While originally developed for the inpatient setting, CRT has been modified and trialled in both an individual and group format, across a number of settings such as inpatient and day program.
This workshop will focus on the group format of CRT. It will start with a brief overview of relevant foundation & efficacy research findings in order to equip attendees with sufficient knowledge for psychoeducation components. The day will be clinically focussed, covering an outline of the therapeutic approach, together with format and content for the group CRT protocol. Opportunity for practical learning through role play of session content and discussion will be a focus.

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​Dr Marion Roberts is a registered Clinical Psychologist and Academic with 13 years specialising in the field of eating disorders. Marion completed her PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital (King’s College London) in 2009, where her PhD on neurocognitive endophenotypes of anorexia nervosa & bulimia nervosa helped form the empirical basis for Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT).

In her academic role, Marion is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, and an honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago. Her research agenda focusses on translational research, including ongoing work in neurocognition/CRT, treatment feasibility, carer burden, and international collaborations such as the eating disorders working group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium.

Clinically, Marion is Director & Clinical Psychologist at Nurture Psychology, a private outpatient specialist eating disorder service in Parnell, Auckland with a particular focus on early intervention. In both her current clinical role and past roles in more intensive day program & residential settings, Marion has seen first-hand the usefulness of CRT as an adjunct to other evidence-based treatments.
Marion is an executive committee member of the Australian & New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders, and a member of the Eating Disorder Research Society.