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Iron Mill College Conference - Exeter, Spring 2018: Saturday 3rd March

Food for Thought… Eating Disorders: A weight on my mind

Including Special Guest Keynote Speakers / Presenters: 

Doctor Julie Waumsley, Iron Mill College

Vicky Burnard, Livewell Southwest

Emily Rothwell, BEAT

  • [Updated 1st Mar'18: Due to adverse weather conditions, we've unfortunately had to postpone this conference until Summer 2018.  Further details will be provided in due course.]
  • A timely and beneficial 1 day conference at Iron Mill College in Exeter, examining the complexities surrounding eating disorders and associated illnesses, and covering key topical issues of interest and debate within this important and growing field.
  • Includes insightful lectures and workshops with Doctor Julie Waumsley, the Course Lead for the Post Qualifying Diploma in Eating Disorders: Brain Body and Mind (NCS Advanced Specialist Training Status) run at Iron Mill College. She has a specialist therapeutic interest in working with those who struggle in their relationship towards food, and has worked with both the BPS (British Psychological Society) and in a research and advisory capacity for the government on obesity issues. She has extensive experience in leading courses in counselling, psychotherapy, mental health and psychology to MSc level. She is also extensively published and has presented her research and her work at numerous conferences throughout her career. 
  • Specialist contributions also come from Vicky Burnard, Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years experience working with eating disorders. Vicky is the Severe Eating Disorder Consultation and Assessment Service Lead at Livewell Southwest, an independent social enterprise providing integrated health and social care across Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon. She will discuss 'MANTRA', the cutting-edge treatment method for anorexia nervosa developed at The Maudsley Hospital.
  • Representatives and ambassadors of the UK’s leading eating disorder charity, BEAT, will also give lively and moving presentations and workshops. Emily Rothwell, a BEAT Advisor, has undertaken research on the user experience of a developing online intervention for eating disorders and will speak about this and about treatment access. There will also be true life accounts from BEAT ambassadors, offering first-hand experiences of living with an eating disorder, of treatment and the effects this has had on them.
  • The conference will include opportunities for networking and discussion with other professionals with an interest in this field. The day will be of particular use to counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling or clinical psychologists, mental health or wellbeing professionals, nurses, doctors and other health professionals, teachers and others working in education, along with anyone else who would benefit personally and professionally from improving their understanding of eating disorders.

Course Details

Conference Cancellation: Saturday 3rd March 2018

Updated 1st March 2018:  Due to the increasingly serious developing weather conditions across the country, and red, amber and yellow weather alerts across the South West for the coming days, we regretfully have decided to cancel the conference for this weekend and rearrange it for later in the year. There is understandably increasing uncertainty about travel arrangements for the speakers, some of whom are unlikely to be able to attend due to the snow, and the caterers have cancelled this morning due to the weather; a number of delegates have also been in touch with us with worries regarding their travel arrangements.

We will of course be rescheduling this very popular conference, and will email you to let you know the date once we have been able to liaise with the speakers about their availability.

Please contact the Iron Mill College by email for a full refund of your fee (enquiries@ironmill.co.uk), or if you prefer, you can request that we retain your fee to hold your place for the same conference later in the year.


Our conference is open to anyone who is interested in the subject matter. It will be of particular relevance to practitioners and students in the fields of counselling, psychotherapy, counselling or clinical psychology, mental health or wellbeing, health, education and other related professions.

How to apply:

Simply sign up using the booking form on this web page - supplying the requested details and paying the applicable fee (please see the 'Fees' tab for further information and details of other ways to pay)You will need to pay the full relevant conference fee in order to reserve a place at the conference. There are limited places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Prior to the conference, attendees will be invited to book onto any optional seminars / workshops with places allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, as some workshops / seminars may have limited spaces available. Attendees who have not booked onto any optional seminars / workshops in advance of the conference will be invited to do so at registration on the morning of the conference (subject to remaining availability of places).

Updated 1st Mar'18: Due to adverse weather conditions, we've unfortunately had to postpone this conference until Summer 2018.  Further details will be provided in due course.

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