Clinical application of CBT and Motivational Interviewing Skills for Weight Management & Lifestyle Changes – Susi Lodola


Part 1: 9th July 2021
Part 2: 10th July 2021
Location: Live via Zoom*
Part 1: 11:30am – 6:30pm GMT (+1) / 6:30am – 1:30pm EDT / 5:30am – 12:30pm CDT / 4:30am – 11:30am MDT / 3:30am – 10:30 am PDT
Part 2: 11:30am – 6:30pm GMT (+1) / 6:30am – 1:30pm EDT / 5:30am – 12:30pm CDT / 4:30am – 11:30am MDT / 3:30am – 10:30 am PDT
CPD/CE credits: 12
Speaker: Susi Lodola
Price: £160 GBP / $225 USD

*This training will be recorded. The link to the recording will be made available for 90 days following the live event.

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The CPD/CE credits awarded can be used towards your declaration to any governing regulatory body in your state or country, provided the content is relevant to your discipline.

Course Overview:

According to the World Health Organisation, obesity is a major public health problem, and it has more than doubled across the world since 1980.

The cause of obesity involves a complex interaction between genetic, behavioral–psychosocial, and environmental factors. Various treatments of obesity such as diets, exercise, medication and surgery have not been successful in treating obesity, and nearly all adults return to pre-treatment baseline within five years (WHO, 2000).

Given the failures of weight loss methods, an understanding of the psychological variables that impact the success of weight loss is essential to help people engage in lifestyle modifications and motivate them to achieve long term weight management.

Psychological interventions are key to engage individuals in lifestyle modification and motivate them to achieve weight loss in sustainable and successful manner. CBT has been recognised as the best-established treatment for obesity (Moffitt, Haynes & Mohr, 2015) and is considered to be the first-line treatment among psychological approaches (Wilson, Wilfley, Agras & Bryson, 2010).

This workshop is for practitioners who are interested in expanding their practice and offer their clients an effective method of helping them achieve a healthy lifestyle and manage their weight.
Lots of role-plays, demonstrations of interventions, videos, breakout rooms and interaction will help you to get the most out of the training. You will learn how you can help your clients solve common weight loss problems, motivate themselves, manage cravings and emotional eating, and find ways of developing alternative strategies for trigger situations.

You will also be able to apply Motivational Interviewing techniques to help your clients overcome ambivalence, help them stay motivated to make positive lifestyle changes. In addition, you’ll learn how to help you client deal with dysfunctional beliefs related to deprivation, and thoughts that sabotage their motivation and sense of self-efficacy.

Learning Outcomes:

• Understand the psychology of weight loss
• Neuropsychology of habit change
• Pretreatment assessment – establishing relationship
• Overview and background of CBT
• Overview and background of Motivational Interviewing
• Teach your clients about mindful eating
• Practical application of various CBT interventions
• How to restructure dysfunctional thinking
• Helping clients solve ambivalence
• Goal setting for weight loss
• How to apply Motivational Interviewing skills
• How to help clients stay motivated
• How to prepare clients to maintain changes
• How to increase your clients self-efficacy
• How to build motivation
• How to work with emotional eating/triggers/cravings
• How to work with reluctant/ unmotivated clients
• Sourcing Intervention material
• Helping your client distinguish between emotional and physical hunger
• Interactive and hopefully some fun too

Testimonials from professionals who attended the CBT & MI workshops

Samantha Doyle – Psychotherapist
I attended Susi’s two-day workshop on Weight Management using CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness Interventions. I had a wonderful experience on this training course and Susi is a wonderful trainer and presenter. I learned a lot about the reasons why traditional weight loss programmes have never worked long term, and new techniques to overcome this. I found that Susi was very helpful and put a lot of work into the content and delivery of this course. She gave practical examples and demonstrations of how to apply this in real life with clients and for myself. Susi gave me a huge amount of information based on research and is very supportive and encouraging. I highly recommend this course to anyone including psychotherapists, counsellors, nutritionists, or anyone working with clients that are struggling with Weightloss. This training course will equip you with the knowledge and interventions to help you and your clients to achieve weight loss successfully and maintain your results. Thank you Susi for a very informative and practical training course. I now feel confident in working with clients with weight loss for better successful and lasting outcomes.

Melissa Hanley – Psychotherapist
I have attended Susi’s first two day IACP accredited workshop on applying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing with clients to support them in changing their lifestyle and to lose weight. Susi was a fantastic presenter and the content of the workshop was not only evidence based research but reflected on people’s experiences also. I am eager to implement the skills and what I have learned from Susi in my clinical practice to help my clients gain insight into their relationship with food and overall well-being. Thank you susi for providing not only your knowledge in this area but for a really engaging and interesting workshop. I can highly recommend this to nutritionists, dieticians, nurses, counselors and psychotherapists to inform their practice. Thanks Susi

Frances Walsh – Psychotherapist
I attended Susi’s first 2-day IACP accredited workshop on applying CBT and MI in working with clients with issues around food/weight. Susi is a very engaging trainer, the materials she presented are well researched and evidence-based, and the workshop was interactive and informative. The training will be particularly helpful for psychotherapists or nutritional therapists in working with clients with emotional eating behaviours and in changing mindsets to decrease sabotaging behaviours. Thank you Susi

Toni Woodman – Psychotherapist
This is an amazing 2-day workshop and very good value for money.The logic of using CBT principles of learning theory to modify unwanted eating behaviours is impressive in its simplicity.It helps us take control of the ways we use foods, not only to satisfy our hungry but to meet many emotional needs. Susi shares her vast experience and knowledge in a most interesting and professional way making it simple and fun to take more control of this part of our lives – a well worthwhile two days.

Speaker Information

Susi Lodola is a fully accredited Psychotherapist with the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP) and works out of her private practice in Dublin, Ireland. She has completed many years of study in psychology, psychotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy & Motivational Interviewing and holds a Masters in CBT and Motivational Interviewing, BA (hons) Psychology, BA (first class honors) in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, and a professional certificate in Mindfulness. To further her knowledge in applying CBT to weight loss, Susi has attended a 3-day workshop at the Beck Institute, Philadelphia.

Through her extensive studies combined with her own incredible weight loss and fitness journey, she has developed an interest in helping people achieve a healthy lifestyle and lose weight. This has led her to develop the MIND OVER BODY WEIGHT MANAGEMENT™ Programme, which comprises CBT interventions and MI in a manual format.

How to access our trainings?

1. Once you have booked a place for one of our trainings, you will receive a email confirming your order.

2. At least 24hrs prior to the start of training, you will receive an email containing the required details to enter the training. All trainings are held over Zoom.

3. If you are wanting to attend the training live, you then use these details to attend just before the specific start time.

4. However, if you are unable to attend the training live, a link to a recording of it will be emailed to you following the event. The recording is made available for 90 days after the live broadcast.

This means that it is not essential for the attendant to be present for the live training and one can refer back to the training if they wish within 90 days.

5. Within a week of the training, the training materials, including slides and notes, CPD certificate and feedback will be sent to you via Email.

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