Supporting individuals with a visible difference and/or body image concerns

Unfortunately this event is cancelled.

This is a two day workshop is intended to provide healthcare professionals with information to enable them to better support individuals with a visible difference and/or body image concern.

Provisional timetable
09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee 
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30-13:00 Lunch
16:30 Workshop ends


The focus will be on understanding the issues facing individuals with a visible difference and/or body image concern and how these can be identified and supported either by healthcare professionals themselves, or through referral onto other services.

The last session of Day 1 will reflect on key messages from the day in preparation for Day 2. Delegates will be provided with two documents to read between Day 1 and Day 2 for review and feedback on Day 2.

The workshop is especially relevant to all clinicians interested in the psychosocial aspects of appearance, e.g. health, social, clinical and counselling psychologists, those working in medicine, surgery & nursing.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • To understand and be able to describe the impact of living with, and managing, a visible difference or body image concern.
  • To be able to describe a way of effectively screening individuals with a visible difference or body image concern.
  • To be able to describe how individuals might struggle to adjust to a visible difference or body image concern.
  • To be able to recognise and respond appropriately to professional limitations and boundaries, including when to refer on to specialised services.
  • To improve your confidence in supporting the complex needs of these clients.

Facilitator: Dr Sue Jackson CPsychol AFBPsS

Dr Sue Jackson is a Chartered psychologist whose PhD explored the appearance concerns of people with an eye misalignment. She is currently an honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Appearance Research where she is project manager for a multi-centre clinical trial of the psychosocial and appearance-related concerns of people with thyroid eye disease. Sue’s research portfolio also includes a 5-year project investigating the psychosocial impact of gastric banding on individuals who are morbidly obese based at Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

Dr Jackson is attached to a local GP practice and sees their patients in her private practice. She is also a visiting lecturer at the University of the West of England where she mostly teaches professional skills to trainee psychologists and aspects of CBT to healthcare professionals.

Booking information


Non-Society members: £276 (£230 + VAT)
Society members: £216 (£180 + VAT)
DHP members: £156 (£130 +VAT)
DCP members: £156 (£130 + VAT)

How to book:

Unfortunately this event is now cancelled.

Please note: online bookings will close 24 hours prior to the event. Please call +44 (0)116 2529512 for availability after this point.

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests at least 6 weeks before the event date.

Tue, 26/03/2013 (All day) to Wed, 27/03/2013 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre
Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925
Fax: +44 (0)116 227 1314
EFax: +44 (0)116 290 1886

Division of Health Psychology, Division of Clinical Psychology & BPS Learning Centre