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Disordered Eating

Live Online | 1 Day | 1st December 2024

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This presentation aims to provide counsellors and psychotherapists with a comprehensive understanding of disordered eating, including its various types, causes, symptoms, and treatment approaches. 


By examining the psychological, emotional, and cultural factors that contribute to the development of these disorders, attendees will gain valuable insights into the complex nature of disordered eating and enhance their ability to support individuals struggling with these conditions.


This presentation is designed to offer a deep dive into the world of eating disorders, shedding light on the challenges faced by individuals who experience disordered eating patterns. Attendees will be guided through an exploration of the different types of eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. The presentation will delve into the underlying causes and risk factors associated with each disorder, including psychological, social, and cultural influences.


Participants will learn about the common signs and symptoms that may indicate the presence of an eating disorder. Special attention will be given to identifying the physical, behavioural, and emotional indicators, allowing therapists to recognise and intervene effectively. The presentation will also highlight the importance of early detection and intervention to prevent severe health consequences and increase the chances of successful recovery.


Attendees will be introduced to evidence-based treatment approaches for disordered eating. Emphasis will be placed on fostering a collaborative and multidisciplinary treatment approach, involving healthcare professionals, therapists, and the client's support system.


Completing the Eating Disorder Course for mental health practitioners offers a multitude of benefits, including an in-depth understanding of eating disorders, specialised expertise, enhanced therapeutic skills, improved client outcomes, cultural competence, professional development, personal growth, and networking opportunities. Mental health practitioners who undertake this training are better equipped to support individuals with eating disorders and make a significant positive impact on their clients’ lives.

Course Details


DURATION: 1 Day    START DATE: 1st December 2024


TIMETABLE: Sunday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm 


AWARD: PCI College Certificate of Attendance


VENUE: Live Online 


LECTURER: Philomena Clarke





  • Introduction to Disordered Eating; Overview of different types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and others.
  • Causes and Risk Factors; Biological, genetic, and neurochemical factors contributing to the development of eating disorders. Psychological and emotional factors. Social and environmental influences. Cultural considerations and their impact on the development and expression of eating disorders.
  • Signs and Symptoms; Physical indicators, Behavioural and psychological manifestations, Emotional and cognitive aspects, Identifying warning signs and early intervention strategies.
  • Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches; Overview of evidence-based treatment modalities: cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and interpersonal therapy (IPT).
  • Multidisciplinary Care and Collaborative Approach; Engaging with other healthcare professionals, including dietitians, physicians, and psychiatrists.
  • Therapeutic Interventions and Techniques; Establishing a therapeutic alliance and building trust.
  • Ethical Considerations and Self-Care; Ethical guidelines and professional boundaries in the treatment of eating disorders.
  • Resources and ongoing professional development opportunities.


Entry Requirements



This is a CPD workshop specifically designed for Counsellors & Psychotherapist or other helping professionals with therapeutic experience and students currently in professional training. BSc Counselling & Psychotherapy students in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 of their studies are all invited to apply for this CPD workshop.


IT SKILLS: Students require sufficient IT skills to complete the course.


Students can expect to be provided with advice and support concerning any learning difficulties that they may encounter. Any diagnosed learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, must be noted on the application.

Course Fees



Full Price: €100

PCI College Graduate*: €85

PCI College BSc/MSc Student & Alumni Member Discount Price: €75 - Join Alumni group on LinkedIn here to avail of discount.

*PCI College Graduate rate applies to BSc Degree and Postgraduate students only.



Applicants are invited to book online using the book now. Applications must be accompanied by the payment of the full course fee. Applicants are entitled to a refund if they decide to cancel within 14 days of receipt of their booking, and didn't participate on the course. Please note that the name used on your application needs to be the same name that you have on your passport.


Fees are non-refundable in all personal circumstances. The College makes every effort to avoid altering course times, course commencement and conclusion dates. However, should any changes be necessary, you will be notified at the earliest opportunity. All courses run subject to demand and the formation of a viable class cohort. A full refund will be given to all applicants in the event that the class does not proceed


For more information, please visit our full Terms & Conditions page.

Learning Outcomes


  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of different types of disorders, including their diagnostic criteria, and distinguishing features.
  • Identify the potential causes and risk factors contributing to the development of disordered eating, such as genetic, environmental, psychological, and socio-cultural factors.
  • Recognise the signs and symptoms associated with eating disorders, including physical, behavioural, and emotional indicators.
  • Acquire knowledge about evidence-based treatment approaches for eating disorders.
  • Develop strategies for fostering a collaborative treatment environment by engaging the client's support system and coordinating care with other healthcare professionals.
  • Enhance therapeutic skills to effectively support individuals with eating disorders, including establishing trust, promoting self-esteem, and facilitating behavioural change.
  • Understand the importance of early detection and intervention and the potential long-term consequences of untreated eating disorders.
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