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How to help your clients lose weight permanently: The principles and practice of appetite retraining

25 October 2019 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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This workshop will present the principles of Appetite Retraining to professionals who are in positions of helping people lose weight and keep it off.

This workshop will demonstrate the principles of evolutionary psychology and biology which must be taken into account to achieve sustained behaviour change. 

Much of the information in the public domain on weight loss centres on which foods should be eaten in what amounts, and this ranges from sound research-based nutritional plans to extreme and unsustainable fad diets.

Even the sound approaches however often fail, because they do not take individual psychology into account.

The workshop will show how individualized interventions can be devised to help people to change those eating habits which keep them overweight, using behavioural and cognitive formulation and techniques

Target audience

Participants must have experience of working with people to try to achieve behaviour change. A basic knowledge of cognitive behavioural therapy will be helpful but a formal training in CBT is not required.

Professionals whose roles require them to endeavour to help people lose weight, either in a dedicated weight loss service, or alongside their main role in mental or physical health. Professional groups include

Practitioner Psychologists, Nurses (CPN or RGN), General Practitioners, Dietitians, Nutritionists and hospital doctors.

BPS London Office
30 Tabernacle Street

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Learning Outcomes

  • How to present the key principles of evolutionary biology as they apply to appetite and eating to clients, simply and clearly through The Appetite Pendulum
  • How Working Memory capacity affects our ability to change our eating habits, and how to capitalise on this understanding in order to facilitate habit change
  • How to identify the specific Unhelpful Eating Habits each client needs to change, in order to produce an individualised weight loss plan for them
  • What the 4 main types of weight loss self-sabotage are (ambivalence, lack of willpower, lack of self-belief and pressure from others) and how to overcome them
  • The evidence-based techniques that can help clients wait to eat until they are definitely hungry and stop eating when they are just full

Facilitator: Dr Helen McCarthy CPsychol AFBPsS

Dr Helen McCarthy is an Associate Fellow of the BPS and a member of the Welsh Branch and the Divisions of Clinical Psychology, Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Psychology and the Special Group for Independent Practitioners.

She works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Bristol, Cardiff and London. Helen has 30 years' experience working as a Clinical Psychologist.

She is a graduate of Durham University and Oxford University and was awarded a distinction in the BPS Diploma in Clinical Psychology obtained through the South East Thames Clinical Psychology Training Scheme in 1989.

Helen is an Accredited Practitioner with the EMDR Association of UK and Ireland.


09:30-10:00 Registration
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30-13:00 Lunch (provided)
16:30 Workshop ends
Non-Members £245.00 (£204.17 + VAT)
Society Members £153.00 (£127.50 + VAT)

Please note: online bookings will close at midday on 24 October 2019.   

To register for the workshop you need to sign into your BPS user account or create a new account by clicking the ‘create an account’ button.

When signed in, click the ‘register’ button to book onto the workshop.

Terms and conditions apply.

For further information please contact [email protected]

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