Mon, 01 Jul | Hilton East Midlands Airport

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD); Specialist Day for Aesthetic & Cosmetic Practitioners

This is a specialists day on BDD awareness for aesthetic practitioners, cosmetic dentists and cosmetic surgeons. Promoting knowledge, understanding and the highest ethical standards. Limited spaces available.
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Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD); Specialist Day for Aesthetic & Cosmetic Practitioners

Time & Location

01 Jul 2019, 09:30 – 15:30
Hilton East Midlands Airport, M1 Junction, 24 Derby Rd, Derby DE74 2YZ, UK

About the Event

It is recognised that working in the field of aesthetics and cosmetic procedures that you will undoubtedly come across a number of clients that present with symptoms of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) on a regular basis. As a clinician it is critically important that you are aware of potential challenges you may face when working with clients and remain ethically mindful within your practice. Yet it can be difficult to always spot the signs which may be of concern with regards to BDD and even more problematic to know what to do when it is recognised. With clients who are experiencing symptoms of BDD it has been discovered that fewer than 10% will be satisfied with treatments they receive, which could leave you open for criticism, complaints and legal action. With this in mind it is worth considering what you can do to work in the best interest of both your client and yourself to uphold your reputation within this rapidly expanding industry.

Issues covered during the day include a comprehensive package of knowledge and skills based around the following:

  • Awareness- Definition of BDD, associated problems and differentiation between BDD and other mental health conditions.
  • Recognition- How to spot the signs of BDD.
  • Risks- Common pitfalls and risks when working with BDD as an aesthetic or cosmetic practitioner.
  • Reflection- Reflecting on personal practice. Enhancing awareness of what you bring into the room when working with clients and identifying helpful ways to approach clients.
  • Practical tips- Knowing what to do when concerns arise and where to sign post clients for additional support.

While it is not your role to treat BDD you will likely be a first port of call for those experiencing symptoms of it and this training event would help in knowing how to prepare them for a referral to specialist support. In the long term this would not only help maintain professional integrity within the industry but could make a significant difference to someone's quality of life. Throughout the day you will learn directly from an experienced psychologist who works in the field of mental health and wellbeing. You will also have the opportunity to discuss and share experiences with other cosmetic and aesthetic practitioners.


Cost of the event is £320 per person. The price of training includes all training materials. Lunch and refreshments will also be provided. Click 'register now' to make sure you can get booked on and make payment. Limited spaces are available.


  • Certificate of completion will be provided at the end of the day.
  • By performing just one or two treatments you could have paid off the cost of this course.
  • Participation in this event will help to establish yourself as highly ethical practitioner and enhance your professional development.
  • Improve confidence in your ability to recognise potential symptoms of BDD and how to respond to clients in the moment.
  • Have information at our fingertips on where to signpost clients to if you have concerns.
  • Promote excellence and safe practice within your clinic or surgery.
  • Reduce the likelihood of legal complaints and safeguard your practice.

About the Trainer

Dr Sarah Dawes is a Practitioner Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She is also a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and holds the European Certificate in Psychology. Dr Sarah has substantial experience working within clinical settings including secure inpatient hospitals (private and NHS) and has also provided community based support (private and NHS). She has worked intensively with adults who suffer with complex mental health difficulties, learning disabilities and personality disorder whilst also supporting individuals to enhance general mental wellbeing. Difficulties are often complicated by co-occurring addiction, self-harm, trauma and significant offence related behaviours. Her role within services involves delivering in-depth psychological/ risk assessments to provide recommendations for treatment. She also provides psychological therapy, has supported the development of service structure and risk management, and has provided specialist training, case consultations and supervision for staff over the last few years.

If you have any further questions about this event please email Dr Sarah Dawes at

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