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Regrettably, due to circumstances out of our control, the May webinar on “The need for both empathy and ‘Tough Love’ in eating disorder interventions, by Shannon Calvert” has been cancelled.

We apologise for any inconvenience. We will endeavour to re-schedule this webinar later in the year.

Exploring the use of Sensory Approaches in the field of Eating Disorders

By Alex Hillman, Occupational Therapist

Thursday 20 June (1 hour duration) 

2pm New Zealand
11:30am SA, NT
10am WA, Singapore, Hong Kong,
4am South Africa, Spain
10pm USA EDT

There is increasing interest in the use of sensory approaches (SA) in the field of eating disorders. SA are a person-centred, recovery-oriented and trauma-informed interventions that are frequently utilised in mental health given the non-invasive, self-directive and empowering nature of these approaches. Increased self-awareness, ability to self-nurture, resilience, self-esteem and body image, ability to engage in therapeutic activities, self-care activities, meaningful life roles, and social activities, and ability to cope with triggers are outcomes associated with SA. Despite these benefits, the use of SA with people experiencing eating disorders is yet to be thoroughly explored in the literature and in practice. In a recent scoping review of sensory processing and mental illness literature, Bailliard and Whigham (2017) identified only 3 studies that have explored sensory processing with the eating disorders population. These studies reported that people with eating disorders experience differences in how their sensory systems process and interpret sensory information, which has a functional impact on body perception, socialising and eating behaviours.

This webinar will explore the utilisation of SA within the field of eating disorders, discussing the “Who, What, When, Where & Why”.

Alex Hillman is an Occupational Therapist working as a senior clinician and eating disorders coordinator in a public mental health adult community setting in Melbourne, Victoria. Alex also works as a lecturer in Occupational Therapy at Deakin University.

As an OT Alex has a strong interest in the use of sensory approaches in mental health, and has worked in various mental health settings practicing this approach, as well as being involved in research projects exploring the client and clinician experience of sensory approaches.

More recently Alex’s practice has had an increased focus working with people experiencing an eating disorder, and their families. In this work the potential for sensory approaches to be used to support current evidence-based treatment and recovery goals for those experiencing an eating disorder has become evident and Alex has begun to explore this in her own practice.

Eating Disorders and Substance Use

by Amy Dennis


Thursday 1st August

12pm: NZ
10am: AEST
9:30am: SA, NT
9am: Queensland
8am, Western Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore
3am South Africa, Spain

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