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Face-to-Face Training

EATING DISORDERS: Key skills and strategies to increase your confidence and enhance client outcomes. (Sydney)

Morag Paterson, MSc Counselling Psychology, GradDip Psychology, MA Sociology & Social Policy, MAPS.
One full day
Media Type:
Face-to-Face Training
Not Applicable
Chatswood, NSW


Eating Disorders is often thought of as a complex psychiatric illness that can feel challenging to treat.  This workshop will help participants build confidence in working with clients with Eating Disorders by developing the skills to deliver evidence-based treatment strategies. Morag brings her clinical experience as a therapist and manager within a hospital for people living with Eating Disorders where, in that role she devised the eating disorders program. The main therapeutic strategies from that successful program will be shared as part of the workshop content. 

The day will commence with an overview of the different types of eating disorders, the important nature of the complexity of client presentations and how the therapeutic relationship is paramount to motivation and change.  Attention will be given to ways in which a good therapeutic relationship can be developed from the start. Assessment skills will be covered, and an assessment form used in Morag's clinical work will be provided.  

Clients with eating disorders are often ambivalent about their symptoms as they experience some benefits to their eating behaviours, thus difficulties in motivation can be prevalent. Low motivation to change is a predictor of high drop-out rates and lower treatment outcomes (Assessing motivation to change in eating disorders: a systematic review. Journal of Eating Disorders volume 1, Article number: 38 (2013). For this reason, some strategies to assess and motivate clients to engage in treatment will be provided. Prochaska and Diclimente’s stages of change model will be discussed. A live role-play from Morag will demonstrate the key strategy of assessing the pros and cons of change. Other motivational strategies that will be covered include values identification and imagining a day being recovered.

The importance of formulation in treatment will be discussed and a clinical example of this will be explored. The formulation will be based on CBT-E and a longitudinal CBT formulation will also be given.

 Research has shown that CBT is an effective treatment for people with Eating Disorders (Evidence based clinical guidelines for eating disorders: International Comparison Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2017 Nov; 30(6): 423–437, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2017). Eating disorders: recognition and treatment. London, UK: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).

CBT-E is a transdiagnostic model developed by Chris Fairburn. In the afternoon session, Morag will detail the main strategies in the CBT-E model.  Within this will be examples of how she presents the strategy to clients and how to address any challenges. The CBT-E strategies will include food diaries, regular eating, binge analysis and alternatives to binges, tackling over-evaluation of appearance, body and mirror checking, dietary rules and food avoidances, feeling fat and comparisons, self-esteem and perfectionism.

Morag will provide a few bonus strategies from other models including distress tolerance and mindfulness from DBT.  A video demonstration with a current patient of the empty chair technique used in schema therapy will be shown and discussed. This will demonstrate a dialogue between the eating disorder voice and the healthy self which will encapsulate the main aims of the overall treatment – to increase the power of the healthy voice over the eating disorder voice. The workshop will end with a short video interview with a current patient about her eating disorder and her therapy journey.

Registration Details

Face-to-Face registration
Fee:  $249
         $29 to purchase and keep the recording of this event. 

  • Tea and coffee are included. Food may be purchased on the ground floor or from the many surrounding cafes.
  • You will need to sign in on arrival to be eligible for an Attendance Certificate. 
  • Your attendance certificate for 7 hours of face-to-face, active training can be retrieved on completion of your evaluation via your login account.
  • A hard copy of notes and resources will be available to you on arrival at this event.
  • If for whatever reason, you are unable to attend this live event on the day,  your registration will be transferred into the live interactive webcast of this event with three month's access to the recording. 
    Face to face participants are required to comply with NSW Government Health Orders as follows:
    • Masks must be worn at all times inside the building and in particular our training room.
    • Everyone must check-in via the Service NSW app prior to entry.
    • Your official vaccination certificate showing you have received two Government approved Covid vaccinations must be presented prior to entry.
    • Social distancing is to be observed at all times.
    • Hand sanitisers or antiseptic wipes provided are to be used before touching any common property.
  • Due to the NSW Government Health Orders, you will not be permitted to enter if you cannot comply with all of the above-noted conditions and we can of course, transfer your registration into the live, interactive webcast of this event.  

Live Interactive Webcast registration
Fees: $199 
Primary viewer (includes three month's access recording of the event.
           $99 Additional viewer (must watch on same device as primary viewer)
           $29 Purchase lifetime access to the recording (available to primary viewer only)

  • Your attendance certificate for 7 hours of live, interactive training can be retrieved on completion of the evaluation and quiz via your account. 
  • A soft copy of all resources will remain in your account indefinitely.
  • A recording of this event will be available in your account approximately three weeks after the live event and will remain available for a full three months.  You will receive an email notification when the recording becomes available for viewing. 
  • If for whatever reason, you are unable to join the live webcast on the day, you will be able to watch the recording, complete your evaluation and quiz and retrieve  your certificate at a later date before the end of the three month viewing period.

Reminders for all events are sent two weeks, one week, one day and one hour prior.


Learning objectives of this training:

  1. To increase knowledge and understanding of disordered eating presentations
  2. To develop good assessment skills relevant for people with eating disorders
  3. To be able to distinguish between different eating disorder diagnosis
  4. To learn strategies to increase motivation
  5. To develop skills in the application of CBT-E strategies    
  6. To learn some additional useful therapeutic strategies drawing on DBT and Schema Therapy

"Attend this workshop to develop your confidence in enabling positive change in your work with people with eating disorders."   Morag Paterson

How you will benefit from attending this training:


  • Develop their knowledge and understanding of Disordered Eating  
  • Learn assessment and formulation skills relating to Disordered Eating 
  • Learn key therapeutic strategies to apply to people with Disordered Eating


Morning Session (includes a short morning tea break)

  • Introduction to Eating Disorders
  • Differential Diagnoses
  • Assessment skills and how to overcome challenges in assessment
  • Importance of Therapeutic Relationship
  • Strategies to increase motivation
  • Applying and Using a Formulation
  • Q and A

Afternoon Session (includes a short afternoon tea break)

  • CBT- E: Overview of the main strategies
  • Some extra bonus strategies: Schema, DBT
  • Video interview with patient
  • Q and A


Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Community Workers, Mental Health Nurses and Psychiatrists working with Eating disorders.

Venue information

Our venue is registered with Service NSW as a 'Covid Safe' venue. 
You will be required to checkin via our QR code and to abide by the safety  measures current at the time and in line with public health orders. These will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
In the interest of everone's safety, PDP reserves the right to deny entry to any participant who chooses not to follow the current COVID safety plans. 

This venue offers wheelchair access from the Brown Street entrance.  

4 minute walk from Chatswood train/metro/bus interchange

Links to reasonable early-bird parking close to the venue:

All day tea, coffee and chilled water are provided.
If you have not ordered lunch with your registration, we have a fridge and two microwave ovens should you wish to bring your own food. 
The venue has a cafe on the ground floor and is surrounded by cafes and restaurants including an extensive food hall above the Chatswood Interchange.

Mantra Hotel is next door to the venue: website here
Meriton Suites is a 4 minute walk from the venue: website here


Morning Session
  9:00am - 12:30pm (includes 15 minute break at 10:30am)

Lunch Break
  12:30pm - 1:00pm

Afternoon Session
  1:00pm - 4:30pm (ncludes 15 minute break at 2:45pm)


PDP Sydney Training Room

Level 1, 10 Help Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067, Australia
+61 1300 887 622

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