Engaging Ambivalent Clients: Enhancing Motivation and Building Self-efficacy **

June 4, 2021 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

About the issue/ course:
Enhancing our client’s motivation to change and building their self efficacy is absolutely paramount when it comes to treating people experiencing eating and body image issues- including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. This one day workshop for allied health practitioners provides an introduction to/ refresher of motivational interviewing with a specific application to eating disorders. In particular the workshop will emphasize how to work with clients in precontemplative, contemplative and determination/ preparation stages of change.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand the transtheoretical stages of change with specific application to eating disorders
  2. Appreciate the key barriers to recovery for eating disorder sufferers
  3. Understand how to support clients to move through precontemplation, contemplation and preparation stages of change
  4. Understand how to build insight in people experiencing eating and body image issues
  5. Describe a novel treatment mechanism positing open expression = trust = social connectedness
  6. Increase motivation to change for people experiencing eating and body image issues
  7. Build self efficacy in people experiencing eating and body image issues


  • Regular: $300.00 + GST
  • Student*: $200.00 + GST


Please note: This event will be done via Videolink.


*nb student ID required
About the presenters:
Sarah McMahon is the Director of BodyMatters Australasia, a sydney based private practice with a particular interest in treating eating and body image issues. Sarah has worked in the field of eating disorders for approximately 15 years and has supported hundreds of individuals to achieve recovery. Sarah is well known for her compassionate and respectful approach to treatment as well as her ability to engage with clients in the early stages of change, supporting them through the recovery journey.

Shannon Calvert is a lived experience professional, having experienced a longstanding eating disorder. Her expertise lies in collaborating alongside clinicians, researchers, and organisations that champion wellbeing through education, training, and supervision. Advocating for person- centred, recovery-oriented and integrated best practice, she works as a Lived Experience Educator and national Consumer Advisor for eating disorders, mental health and palliative care.