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PSME418 Eating Disorders

The assessment, treatment, and management of eating disorders.

This is a clinically and academically orientated paper that aims to upskill health professionals working in the broad field of eating disorders.

Paper title Eating Disorders
Paper code PSME418
Subject Psychological Medicine
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,857.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,363.00

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Limited to
MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc
i. Students will require evidence of suitable clinical experience to be admitted to this paper. ii. This paper is offered subject to a sufficiency of enrolment numbers

Students must be graduates or possess an appropriate health professional qualification requiring at least three years' full-time tertiary study and have experience of or be currently working in a relevant field of health care.

Judith Stone,
Teaching staff
Convenor: Professor Lois Surgenor
Paper Structure
This paper is arranged around three main themes:
  • The first theme examines historical and theoretical understandings about eating disorders
  • Following this, the course content moves to examine some of the basic assessment and treatment concepts
  • The final part of the paper discusses special populations and issues
Teaching Arrangements
Four 2-day block workshops. Attendance at all workshops is compulsory.
There are no official prescribed texts for this paper. A variety of general texts pertaining to eating disorders can be located in the Canterbury Medical Library. Required readings will be supplied directly to the class. The journals "European Eating Disorders Review" and "International Journal of Eating Disorders" are particularly relevant and are available as ejournals through the University website.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this paper students will
  • Have a knowledge and understanding of the key theories associated with eating disorders
  • Have a working knowledge of the types of psychological/psychiatric disturbances presenting in people with eating disorders and the issues for those working in the eating disorder field
  • Have a comprehensive introduction to the common psychological interventions and therapies relevant to eating disorders and eating disorder settings
  • Be knowledgeable about keys themes in eating disorder research

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Essay 1 40%
Case presentation / seminar 20%
Essay 2 40%

Further Information

Judith Stone
Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel 64 3 372 6704

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Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system