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Learning objectives: 

After a successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Be aware of the basic principles of a motivational approach to treat childhood obesity
  2. Know how to principally use a decisional balance in conversations about overweight with young people

Dr Christie is a consultant clinical psychologist and honorary reader in paediatric and adolescent psychology. She is currently clinical lead for the department of child and adolescent psychological services which has an international reputation for it's application of systemic psychological practices in the care of young people with chronic illness. Dr Christie was awarded a Ph.D in neurobiology from UCL and was a Fulbright Scholar before joining the University of Oxford Department of experimental psychology as an MRC research fellow. She joined Great Ormond Street Hospital as a leukaemia research fellow prior to joining the department of psychological medicine as a clinical psychologist. 12 years ago Dr Christie joined UCLH in order to set up the adolescent unit with colleagues. She was awarded the Diabetes Award in Adolescent Health and Society for Adolescent Medicine best practice award for managing obesity in 2001 and the award for outstanding scientific achievement in clinical health psychology in 2004. Dr Christie is an international trainer and speaker in motivational interviewing and solution focused therapies and has published over 80 papers in peer reviewed journals. 


  • Lifestyle Approaches
  • All you need to know
  • We all know what we need to do
  • How to begin discussions about weight loss. Addressing ambivalence
  • The solution is to help them want to. Are you ready, willing and able?
  • So are you ready to change?
  • Management
  • What to include when discussing weight loss. Parental participation
  • What we eat: Making choices
  • Where, who and how: Eating behaviours. What, where and when: balancing activity. Diagnosis
  • Why we eat
  • Working in a motivational frame
  • Summary. Further Reading. References