Psychological Approaches for Clients with Weight Concerns

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Online, 1st Jun 2020
Mon, 01/06/2020 - 9:00am to Thu, 31/12/2020 - 11:00pm
Online NSW 2450
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Early Bird End Date: 
Mon, 20/04/2020 - 11pm


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 2 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 teaches specific skills for working with adults with weight concerns by addressing the practical and psychological factors they may be experiencing.

We take an anti-diet approach to this issue and concentrate instead on equipping people with skills and solutions they might need to increase self-efficacy and autonomy. Our approach encourages individuals to reject weight and shape goals and to concentrate instead on health behaviour change and body acceptance.

This course can also be taken as a 'stand alone' option for those health professionals who are simply looking to enhance their skills in the area of clients with weight concerns.


The course is suitable for counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists, addiction specialists, doctors, psychiatrists, dietitians, nutritionists, nurses and social workers at all levels of experience and qualification.

You will learn about

  • Understanding the mechanics of weight gain and weight loss
  • Maintaining factors, a model for treatment
  • Working with ambivalence - useful exercises and tests
  • Motivational approaches
  • Hunger and appetite
  • Relationship issues, self-sabotage and collusion
  • Mindset interventions
  • Emotional and comfort eating
  • Dealing with psychological plateaus
  • Body image interventions

After the course
Health professionals who complete the Psychological Approaches for Clients with Weight Concerns course will 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 Clients with Weight Concerns 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, network news and offers.

This course can also be taken in addition to our Eating Disorders Essentials course and our 3-Day Practical Skills for Eating Disorders Course to elevate you to Silver or Gold ACFED Approved Practitioner status.

Course Testimonials

Carol Smith
Perth WA

So much useful information presented in an entertaining manner. Extremely useful for my practice.

Davinia Lefroy
 - Clinical Psychologist
Perth WA

Fantastic training! Practical, interesting, entertaining and useful.

Carolyn Wesley
 - Counsellor
Perth WA

The course was very informative, both personally and for professional understanding.

Nicole Forgione
Perth WA

The Psychological Approaches for Obesity course exceeded my expectations. To be honest I wasn't sure what to expect but after the first day I knew I was exactly where I needed to be to help be a positive change toward the obesity crisis.

Pat Robertson
 - Psychologist
Mount Lawley WA

Brilliant training - knowledgable and engaging presentation. I'll be using the concepts and strategies often in my private practice. Thankyou!