ACFED eating disorder training

2022fri11febAll Daysat12ACFED eating disorder training

Event Details


Normal and abnormal eating

  • Behavioural features of normal and disordered eating
  • Psychological and physical features of eating disorders
  • Unifying features of eating disorders

Hunger and appetite

  • The generation and regulation of hunger and influences on satiety
  • Food and mood
  • Appetite – behavioural influences

Eating disorders in detail

  • Predisposing influences / risk factors
  • The role and psychology of dieting
  • Definitions, diagnostic features
  • The evolution of eating disorders
  • Maintaining (perpetuating) factors
  • Ego-syntonic features of ED’s

Assessment, overeating disorders

  • Purpose of assessment
  • An eating lifeline
  • Case conceptualisation / formulation
  • Assessing motivation
  • Building provisional treatment plans

Engagement and early issues

  • Phases of therapy; when, what and why
  • Useful early approaches
  • Behavioural interventions

Nutritional interventions

  • The blood sugar perspective
  • Reframing foods

Anorexia nervosa

  • Explanations of anorexia nervosa
  • Engagement and motivation
  • Maintaining factors
  • Targets for therapy
  • Crisis management
  • Chronic patients
  • Managing relapse

Working with food records

  • Food diary analysis
  • Triggers and habits
  • Lifestyle interventions
  • Food script, childhood influences

Emotional eating

  • Emotions and values
  • Trauma, abuse and neglect
  • Eating disorders and PTSD

Cognitive approaches

  • Common attitude traps and mind-sets
  • Thoughts, feelings and behaviour – the relationship
  • Anorexia; beliefs, values and cognitive styles
  • Managing ‘excuses’
  • Socratic interventions

Self esteem and body image

  • Body image and self-worth, the connection
  • Critical influences on body image
  • Body image cognitions
  • Thought Shape Fusion
  • Behavioural interventions

Relapse prevention

  • The Abstinence Violation Effect
  • Relapse management – prevention, interruption and recovery mastery
  • Managing urges and cravings

Putting it all together – Case study

You will practice a case conceptualisation and formulating a treatment plan.

Learning Outcomes

Day one

  • Understand what mechanisms control hunger, satiety, and weight
  • Why ‘eat less and exercise’ more doesn’t work long term
  • The effects of weight stigma
  • Using a non-diet treatment model

Day two

  • Identifying presentations of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder.
  • Understand the Cognitive -emotional aspects of each presentation
  • Treatment options for overeating disorders.
  • Recovery and relapse
  • 14 hours of CPD
  • Participants will be able to be listed as ACFED Approved Practitioners at the completion of the training.
  • How to work successfully with anorexia nervosa, orthorexia, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.
  • There is a range of teaching formats; group presentation, small group exercises, a home assignment, and learning videos.


Kyla Holley

About the presenter(s)

Kyla is a Master Practitioner in evidence-based treatments for sufferers of Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Orthorexia and OSFED. She also practices an anti-diet approach for people with weight concerns.
After training with The National Centre for Eating Disorders (UK) she founded ACFED and developed a number of training courses in eating disorders and weight concerns for health professionals in Australia and New Zealand.
The Australian Centre for Eating Disorders is part of her vision to create a high quality standard of professional knowledge in the treatment of eating disorders in Australia, making it safer for sufferers and their families to access effective support. She has forged a partnership with Dr Eric Stice at The Oregon Research Institute to ensure that Australia and New Zealand have access to their groundbreaking eating disorder and obesity prevention programs, the Body Project and Project Health. She has also attended The Maudsley and Springfield University Hospitals in London to learn about their patient treatment methods, and to learn the MANTRA method of treating adults with anorexia nervosa.
She also has extensive knowledge and experience specifically related to metabolic surgery and works as part of two multidisciplinary clinical teams in addition to working in private practice and is a member of the Australia and New Zealand metabolic and obesity surgery society (ANZMOSS).


Registrations will close at 05:00pm AEST on 1 February 2022 and is required for attendance.

If you are experiencing registration difficulties please contact APS Events Support.


february 11 (Friday) - 12 (Saturday) AEST




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