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JCU: Interview with Dr. Kiera Buchanan

JCU: Interview with Dr. Kiera Buchanan

April 21, 2021

This video was made by JCU and is an interview with Kiera Buchanan, Clinical and Health Psychologist and Director of the Centre For Integrative Health.

Weight Stigma Awareness Week, 2020

Weight Stigma Awareness Week, 2020

September 30, 2020

I met Kiera in 2018 on a trip with ‘The Hunger Project’. On a bus in rural Uganda, we spoke about her work as a psychologist empowering people of all body shapes and sizes.

Coronavirus: Our Practice Policy

Coronavirus: Our Practice Policy

March 9, 2020

Until we receive clearer directions, CFIH is adopting a “better to be safe than sorry approach”. Please support us in our efforts to reduce the spread of Coronavirus.

International Women’s Day: Our Message

International Women’s Day: Our Message

March 8, 2020

On International Women’s Day, we passionately strike the #EachforEqual pose. To us, this pose symbolises equality, compassionate boundaries, allyship, and the disruption of destructive gender-based cycles.

Exercise and eating disorders

Exercise and eating disorders

February 20, 2020

In an interview with Hack on Triple J, CFIH Psychologist, Ashleigh Olive, proposed a number of red flags that can help to identify someone with or at risk of an eating disorder.

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I'll admit it.. I went down a rabbit hole whilst researching 'National days' butttttt.... #sorrynotsorry.. I totally support chocolate having a day of celebration, despite it being warmly welcomed every goddamn day of the year. 

FYI: kale, celery, and spinach do NOT have a national day (and there is a reason for that!). 

We invite you to get behind this day devoted to celebrating this divine creation.  Better yet, share an image of your chocolate appreciation in the comments below. 

Wishing you all a day that's choc full of delight.
"I'm a loser. I'll never get anywhere." "I'm so stupid. I should have learned this by now." "I'll never be good enough. I'll never do it right."

Most of us know all too well just how quick our minds are to judge and criticise us. Our minds seem to relish any opportunity to point out our flaws and failures; to label us as ‘not good enough’.

We all have a tendency to identify with our thoughts and feelings, amplifying them in our minds to the stratus of ‘facts’ and ‘the truth’. An essential aspect of self-compassion is learning how to defuse from negative self-talk and self-judgement.

Defusion allows us create space between ourselves and our thoughts, to see them for what they are: nothing more than strings of words and pictures. In this way defusion reduces the power our thoughts have over us. We can let our thoughts come and go in their own time, without getting caught up in them or pushed around by them.

Next time you notice negative self-talk we encourage you to have a go at practicing defusion, this could involve visualising techniques such as imagining placing the thought in a spam folder or turning down the volume of the thought like you would turn down a radio.

We encourage you to share this post to help others to practice self-compassion.

#ACT #AcceptanceAndComittmentTherapy #SelfCompassion #Compassion #LovingKindess #SelfJudgement #InnerCritic #Defuse #Mindfulness #Visualise #Visualisation #SelfAcceptance #Kindess #Therapy #Psychology #NMHM #NationalMentalHealthMonth #MentalHealthMonth
Let’s celebrate the small stuff (because really, it’s pretty big stuff)! It is the small victories that, when put together, make up recovery from an eating disorder. It's important to recognise them and continue moving forward.

So today we invite you to acknowledge and celebrate something you did this week that moved you toward recovery.

To inspire and be inspired by others let us know about a recovery win you had recently in the comments of this post.

#Recovery #RecoveryIsPossible #RecoveryQuotes #RecoveryWin #RecoveryWarrior #EatingDisorderSupport #EatingDisorderTreatement #EatingDisorderHelp #EatingDisorderTherapist #EatingDisorderDietitian #EatingDisorderRecovery #Win #SmallWin #Celebrate #LifeWithoutED
If our society was truly concerned about "health" and its impact of on health systems, we'd have less of an interest in "obesity" and be more concerned with better supporting those living on the streets.
We simply adore this poster summary of her placement with us that our recent student, Alyssa, developed! We are pleased beyond words when we hear that our students leave CFIH with not only the professional knowledge and skills to create a world for everyBODY but with a personal experience that has helped them to develop a healthier relationship with food and their bodies. 

Thank you, Alyssa. We hope you continue to spread your new-found understanding of social-justice, weight-neutrality, and intuitive eating everywhere you go.
Pride month 2022 

#loveislove #pridemonth #lgbtiqa+ #rainbow #nonbinary #trans #lgbtqpride
Thank you to everyone who joined us live (at 6:45am AEST time 😴) for the live Q&A following our workshop titled 'Atypical Anorexia Nervosa? Or, Weight-Stigmatised Anorexia Nervosa??". 

We were pleasantly surprised by the amount of support for the recommendations that we made at the end of our workshop. If you're interested, you can view an recorded version of the workshop as well as a summary of our recommendations on the CFIH website: https://cfih.com.au/research_participation/

#ICED2022
"I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to develop my clinical skills at the CFIH. This placement has taught me so much more than just psychology, it has taught me how to appreciate my own body for all that it does. I am proud to say that I will carry the CFIH's mission and values with me for the rest of my life. Thank you to the team here for making me feel so welcome"

#universityofqueensland #uq #uqresearch #clinicalresearch #psychstudents #psychology #clinicalpsychology #psychologyethics #science #mentalhealth #psychologyclinic
A gentle reminder for all our students as they head into exams: being stressed is not a reason to not eat.