AACBT Vic Pub Discussion: Mikocka-Walus – IBD

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3 May 2023
06:30 pm
- 07:30 pm
Goldy's! Tavern
Goldy's! Tavern, Gold Street, Collingwood VIC, Australia
  • Antonina Mikocka-Walus
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***Very limited tickets***

CBT and Third-Wave Therapies in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: can we heal the gut by improving mood?

Presenter: Professor Antonina Mikocka-Walus

Deakin University


Can CBT play a role in supporting people living with inflammatory gut conditions such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis?

This presentation will discuss current insights into the role and evidence behind CBT and third-wave therapies as part of integrated care for inflammatory bowel diseases.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) involves an abnormal immune response to healthy gut bacteria. The most common forms of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Key IBD-related symptoms include chronic pain, bloody diarrhoea with frequent bowel movements, weight loss, anaemia, and fatigue, causing significant impairments in daily functioning. Bi-directional gut-brain links are considered part of the pathophysiology of IBD; when a person develops IBD, their susceptibility to anxiety and/or depression increases. Up to 66% of individuals report symptoms during an active disease phase. IBD is negatively affected by mental disorders, resulting in more frequent flare-ups, a more aggressive presentation, increased rates of hospital readmissions and increased risk of surgery. Psychological interventions are becoming more commonly tested for different outcomes in IBD and are increasingly incorporated into usual care in gastroenterology clinics.


About this event:

This event will a PowerPoint presentation in an informal setting.

The presentation will review the current evidence base in relation to CBT, ACT, mindfulness and other third wave therapies tested in this context to date on biopsychosocial outcomes. It will also provide an overview of how these therapies can support usual medical care as part of integrated care in gastroenterology.


Key Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the role of CBT and third-wave therapies in the management of IBD
  2. Understand the role of psychology in integrated care for IBD
  3. Learn about the current evidence base for psychological treatment in IBD

This session is designed for those with a casual familiarity – attendees will be assumed to have basic experience in the topic area.


Duration & Format / Training Modalities

This session has approx. 60 minutes CPD, and does not include any catering in the ticket price.

Door opens at 6pm for a 6:30pm start.


References – readings

  1. The brain and the gut talk to each other: how fixing one could help the other, The Conversation, July 2017
  2. Psychogastroenterology for Adults: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals by Simon Knowles, Laurie Keefer and Antonina Mikocka-Walus (2019, Routledge)
  3. IBD and the Gut-Brain Connection: a patient and carer’s guide to taming Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis by Antonina Mikocka-Walus (2018, Hammersmith Books)
  4. Psychological Aspects of Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A biopsychosocial approach by Simon Knowles and Antonina Mikocka-Walus (2014, Routledge)


AACBT members have free tickets, but MUST book to reserve their place.

Non-members can join now and gain all of the other advantages of AACBT Membership!

There are no early bird rates for this event and please note that there are no door sales possible.

Please contact info@aacbt.org.au for more information.


COVID Safety:

Please note, the venue will be following all relevant Public Health Orders and checking delegates as per their obligations. Density, and mask requirements will be in line with relevant government guidelines. As per all events, please do not attend if you are unwell.

If you are required to cancel your attendance owing to a COVID isolation, please contact us for a full refund or ticket transfer.


Venue notes:

There is street parking outside the venue, plus public transport via 86 tram, and train at Victoria Park. The Victoria Park train station is an 8-minute walk to the venue and is on the Mernda and Hurstbridge lines.


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