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Join our CBT-T Training for Eating Disorders

 Join our CBT-T Training for Eating Disorders   We are excited to announce that one of my practices, Talking EDs (Eating Disorder Support Service Scotland) will be hosting a 2-day training course on CBT-T for Eating Disorders. This 2-day course will be delivered by Professor Glenn Waller and Alexandra O'Brien. Professor Waller will deliver the CBT-T training over one and a half days and Alexandra O'Brien will faciliate the follow-up review, support and discussion group meeting at a later date. Places are limited and there has been a lot of interest in this course, so if you would like more information or would like to book a place, please see the following Eventbrite link: You are also welcome to email me on Best wishes, Alex Alexandra O'Brien Talking EDs (Eating Disorder Su
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