Eating Disorder Essentials

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Online, 1st Jun 2020
Mon, 01/06/2020 - 9:00am to Thu, 31/12/2020 - 12:00am
Online NSW 2450
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Early Bird End Date: 
Mon, 20/04/2020 - 11pm
*In response to the impacts of Covid 19 (coronavirus) EATING DISORDER ESSENTIALS WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE ONLINE IN 2020*

A USB will be posted to you on 18th May, it contains all the handouts and practitioner tools you will need to accompany the online course. The USB will also contain the course manual which is very extensive.

Starting on 1st June, the online video content will be released to you on a monthly basis over 3 months, and you will be able to complete the entire training at your own pace without needing any time off work, and without incurring travel or accommodation costs.

You will be invited to join a Facebook study group that will provide teaching support and allow you to interact with other course participants and to ask questions and share resources as you work through the modules together.

At the end of the course you will complete and return a case study to demonstrate your understanding of the course content.  Once marked and returned, you will be invited to register as an ACFED Approved Practitioner and have your details listed on the ACFED website.

You will also have the opportunity to attend in any future year free of charge in addition to participating in the online version of the course in 2020. We have raised the future limit of the amount of free refresher places to 3 per course, per venue.

This course provides a solid foundation to enable you to successfully recognise and treat a range of eating disorders. This comprehensive eating disorders course is in line with the latest thinking from a range of psychological approaches. You will learn practical and effective skills that will enable you to engage with clients and offer them constructive help to recover from their eating disorder. You may also contribute your own expertise as this course provides opportunities to share experience and make discoveries.


The Eating Disorder Essentials training course is suitable for anyone who is likely to encounter eating disorders in their work. This might include counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists, addiction specialists, life coaches, doctors, psychiatrists, nutritionists, nurses and social workers at all levels of experience and qualification.

You will learn:

  • How to distinguish an eating disorder from disordered eating
  • To understand and motivate people with eating disorders
  • How to assess and conceptualise each disorder
  • How to build a comprehensive treatment plan
  • Prioritising treatment strategies for over and under eaters
  • How to encourage and sustain change
  • The effects of dietary chaos on mood and physiology
  • Micro skills from traditional and newer therapies
  • How to deal with emotional eating and cravings
  • How to manage resistance and relapse
  • Body image, media and historical influences
  • How eating disorders affect men

After the course

Health professionals who complete the Eating Disorder Essentials training can become an ACFED Approved practitioner.
You can choose to be included on our database and receive referrals via our website.
Your work in the field of eating disorders will be in demand, and may increase your profitability if you are in private practice and/or may increase your future employment prospects.
ACFED approved practitioners will be able to use our logo to promote their skills, and they will receive referrals, regular network newsletters and offers.
This course can also be taken in addition to our Psychological Approaches for Clients with Weight Concerns course and our Practical Skills for Eating Disorders to elevate you to Silver or Gold ACFED Approved Practitioner status.

Course Testimonials

Nivedita Shrama Vij
 - Nutritionist
New Zealand

Many thanks Kyla and ACFED for this in depth insight into Eating Disorders world. Lots to learn, absorb and practice. Thank you for bringing this "over the ditch".

Emily White
 - Nutritionist
New Zealand

This course absolutely exceeded my expectations. It was highly engaging and interesting, and now I have a wide range of practical tools to help my clients. I can't wait for the next course!

Kendall Parkinson
New Zealand

Well worth it! Provides practical tools and approaches to a sensitive subject in a non threatening way. I look forward to doing the other courses now!

Dr. Jade Walters
 - Psychologist
Reedy Creek QLD

Having entered the course with experience/practice of eating disorders, I was highly impressed with the information presented outside of my knowledge. Sitting through the course, I have been thinking on how I can apply these techniques to current clients I have been 'stuck' on.

Amy Chisholm
 - Youth Worker
Redcliffe QLD

I learnt so much practical tools to help me in my work!