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Tuesday, 04 December 2012

Master Class in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Body Dismorphic Disorder

Presented by Dr David Veale, Kings College London.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is defined as a preoccupation with an imagined defect in one’s appearance. Alternatively, where there is a slight physical anomaly, then the person’s concern is markedly excessive. The preoccupation is associated with a distorted felt body image with many 'safety seeking' behaviours such as mirror gazing, camouflaging, skin-picking, ruminating or constant comparing of one’s defect to others. Such patients have a poor quality of life, are socially isolated and are at high risk of committing suicide. They often have needless dermatological treatment and cosmetic surgery. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and SSRI medications are recommended for treating BDD.

By the end of the workshop participants will:

  • Recognise and diagnose various forms of BDD
  • Understand a cognitive behavioural model of BDD and the factors that maintain the symptoms
  • Use various assessment scales
  • Assess and help clients wanting cosmetic procedures
  • Devise strategies for engagement and change in BDD with a focus on ceasing ruminating and comparing, dropping of avoidance and safety behaviours and rescripting imagery
  • Understand the guidelines for treating BDD and the role of medication

The workshop will be interactive and include both experiential and didactic teaching and videos.

Price: £65 per person (discounts available for Alumni, staff and students - please call for details)


Neziroglu, F, Khemlani-Patel, S., Veale, D (2008) Social Learning Theory and Cognitive Behavioral Models of Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Body Image 5 (1), 28-38

Veale, D. & Neziroglu (2010) Body dysmorphic disorder: a treatment manual Wiley: Chichester.

Veale, D., Willson, R, Clarke, A. (2009) Overcoming Body Image Problems (including BDD). Robinson

This event is open to the public.

Venue: Salomons, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 0TG, Science Theatre
Time: All Day

Contact: Tracey Plunkett (email)
Telephone: 01892 507658

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