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The Maudsley Model of Anorexia Treatment for Adults (MANTRA) - 2 day training & FED AGM

Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd November 2017 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a highly distinctive disorder at the brain-body interface. Whilst therapeutically ‘malleable’ early on, once established it is remarkably persistent. Psychological treatments for adults with AN have had limited efficacy. Some years ago, the Maudsley Team proposed a maintenance model of AN (The Maudsley Model of Anorexia Treatment for adults, MANTRA), refined in an iterative experimental and translational process. Treatment targets are key maintaining factors, including [a] a thinking style characterised by rigidity, detail focus and fear of making mistakes, [b] an in-expressive, avoidant emotional and relational style, [c] positive beliefs about the utility of anorexia for the person, and [d] a response of close others characterised by high expressed emotion and enabling of and accommodation to the illness. These maintaining factors are addressed in the context of the patient’s underlying temperament.

Recent research evidence suggests that AN patients prefer MANTRA to gold-standard comparison treatment and that those with a more severe illness make a better recovery with this treatment. MANTRA is now recommended within NICE (2017) as a first line intervention for adults with Anorexia nervosa.

This two-day interactive, experiential, workshop will teach participants key elements and techniques of MANTRA for different stages of treatment and how to sequence and integrate these in the treatment of adults with AN.

All participants will receive their own personal copy of the MANTRA manual (via email).

The BPS Faculty of Eating Disorders AGM will also be held, this will be open to Faculty Members.


Dr Helen Startup PhD, DClin Psy - Dr Startup trained as a Clinical Psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry, London and has worked for the Maudsley Eating Disorders service for the past decade as both a senior clinician and researcher. She also works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. She is an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and supervisor (BABCP) and advanced level trainer and supervisor of schema therapy (International Society of Schema Therapy).

Dr Helen Buxton, DClin Psy - Dr Buxton trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Cambridge University and the University of East Anglia. She worked at the Adult Eating Disorder Service at Addenbrookes, Cambridge for 7 years and has recently moved to the Maudsley Eating Disorders Service. Prior to this she was a clinical tutor on the Doctoral Programme for Clinical Psychology at UEA and Course Director of the Post graduate Diploma in CBT. She completed her postgraduate training in CBT at the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre. She uses both CAT and CBT within her clinical work.

Registration fees

Faculty of Eating Disorders Member (£125.00+VAT) - £150.00
BPS Member (£145.83+VAT) - £175.00
Non-Member of the BPS (£166.67+VAT) - £200.00

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.


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