By Jessica Podkowka & Chris Thornton, The Redleaf Practice Room
90 minute workshop recorded at the ANZAED 2015 Conference: Gold Coast – Friday 21 August
Over-evaluation of weight and shape in terms of self-worth is thought to be the “core psychopathology” across the eating disorder diagnoses (Fairburn, Cooper, & Shafran, 2003). Residual over-evaluation of weight and shape that persists post-treatment is predictive of relapse (McFarlane, Olmsted, & Trottier, 2008). Mirror exposure (ME) is becoming increasingly wellknown as an empirically-supported adjunctive treatment for the over-evaluation of weight and shape and body image concerns in patients with eating disorders (Hildebrandt et al., 2014). In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the literature supporting the use of ME in the treatment of patients with eating disorders. The workshop will demonstrate the standard protocol (Hildebrandt et al., 2012) of ME, as well as adaptions to that protocol that we have used in our clinical practice. Participants will be encouraged to practice ME in pairs or small groups. As with most exposure-based treatment a number of therapists will perhaps be reluctant to incorporate ME into their clinical work. Some of the difficulties of mirror work will be outlined and discussed during the workshop.