Behaviour Change Workshop, 6th September 2017

Behaviour Change Workshop, 6th September 2017








The Behaviour Change Workshop hosted by the Welsh Obesity Society during the Association for the Study of Obesity’s UK Congress of Obesity 2017 was an astounding success. We had over 20 delegates which included Dietitians, Nurses, Public Health, Support Workers, students and academics who enjoyed 3 sessions of the theory, practical application and evidence base behind behaviour change techniques used in weight management.


We started with Orla Adams who is a Dietitian at Cardiff and Vale University
Health Board and a member of MINT discussing Motivational interviewing. She provided the audience with a practical thought provoking workshop on the use and skills of MI. She reflected that weight management requires clinicians to address behaviour change in a certain way for it to be effective and sustainable. Here are her slides: Orla slides


We then moved on to Compassion Focused Therapy presented by Sioned Quirke who is the Professional Manager of the Aneurin Bevan University Health Boards Adult Weight Management Service. Sioned presented selfcompassion for clinicians and patients, CFT and why CFT is important in weight management. She highlighted that shame and self criticism seem to go hand in hand with being overweight and that CFT is an evidenced based way of helping patients with this. It was discussed that CFT and MI fit together very well in weight management. Here are her slides: Sioned slides



We closed the workshop with Stephen Thomas who is a specialist counsellor in weight management presenting Brief Solution Focused Therapy. He explained that we tend to focus on problems more that solutions and this therapy model turns this on its head by focusing on a preferred future and how to progress towards this. Here is his presentation: Steve slides



We had discussions as to how the 3 therapies integrated well and due to the complex and multifactorial nature of weight management how it’s necessary for clinicians to adapt their clinical skills to the individual patient.

The evaluation found that 82% strongly agreed it was applicable to their job, 91% strongly agree that the instructors were knowledgeable and 82% of participants would recommend the workshop to others. Great feedback was gathered about future events and how to structure events.

If you attended the workshop and would like a certificate for your CPD portfolio, here it is!


Keep an eye on our website for future events.