Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association
"Supporting those affected by eating disorders"
AIMS: - To deliver eating disorders information, awareness raising and support to secondary schools and 6th form colleges throughout Somerset.
The project co-ordinator works with heads of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) in schools and student support in colleges, to identify what is appropriate for the particular school environment. SWEDA has developed a range of resources for use with school years 8 and 9, 10 and 11 and 6th forms.
Our intention is to incorporate pupil and teacher feedback in this process. The materials we use are therefore evolving over time.
Aims and Objectives
There is a lot of pressure on managers, teachers and support staff in education to identify, respond to and deal with problems, presented by students, concerning difficulties regarding eating disorders. This pressure is placed on schools and colleges by government and also from a need which staff have, to be able to respond to students experiencing difficulties which are affecting both their academic and non-academic lives - which naturally have an impact on college life. Staff often find themselves with little or no information, training or support with which to meet student needs, and so feel at a loss to know ways in which to respond to, support and inform them. Consequently eating disorders can feel a very daunting subject and not knowing how to respond and support students can leave staff feeling de-skilled at best, and at worst increasingly alarmed about the threat to someone’s wellbeing and safety.
Staff training and student teaching sessions aim to de-mystify eating disorders, their causes, presentations and effects, by providing an informative and interactive space in which to learn about them, with reference to :-
For student teaching sessions a particular emphasis is placed on giving an opportunity to discus the relationship between body image and self-esteem, how the two can manipulate each other and be affected by outside factors e.g. the media.
The sessions will be a mix of information giving, small and whole group activities and discussions, supported by video clips and casework from clinical practice.
All staff and support staff. All students - and of special interest to teachers and students within particular courses such as psychology, health and social care, childcare, complimentary therapies, hair and beauty and counselling.
Student sessions are tailored to ages:-
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