Maudsley masterclass

Eating disorders: basic awareness training

Community services

Course information

Upcoming Date: TBC
Upcoming Time: TBC
Length: 1 Day
Cost: £199.00

About the course

Eating disorders: Basic Awareness Training course

CPD: equivalent to 6 hours CPD

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric condition. They affect 1.2 million people in the UK and numbers continue to rise. Despite these figures, there is limited knowledge amongst non-clinicians and the public about eating disorders and how to support sufferers.  Non-healthcare staff working at the frontline of services may be the first point of contact for someone struggling with an eating disorder. This may include, for example, school nurses and counsellors, teachers, and university pastoral care services. This places a great responsibility on frontline staff to be able to recognise when there is a problem and to provide appropriate support.

This one-day eating disorders: basic awareness training course is designed to increase awareness of eating disorders, with a focus on anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. You will learn how to spot the signs of an eating difficulty and recognise when this may be transitioning into an eating disorder. There will be practical exercises and case studies throughout the day to help you put new knowledge and skills into practice. You will also learn about the impact of social media on eating disorders and some of the misconceptions and stigma this creates.

This course will also give you skills and tips on how to start a conversation with someone who you are worried about and the know-how to decide when and where to signpost to support services.

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Learning Objectives

What you will learn from taking this course:

  • Describe the main eating disorder diagnoses, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.
  • Recognise signs of an eating difficulty and identify the transition from an eating difficulty to eating disorder
  • Start a conversation with someone you know who may be struggling with an eating disorder
  • Signpost people with eating disorders to appropriate services for support
  • Challenge misconceptions and stigma in the media

Course Information

Target audience

Attending as a non-professional, Carer, Human resources, Parent, Police officer, Service user, Social worker, Teacher

Lunch options

Lunch & Refreshments Provided

Length & Time
Ortus Event and Learning Centre 82-96 Grove Ln Camberwell London SE5 8SN
1 day

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The fusion of Education and the Health Service is extremely exciting and now indeed essential; I am thrilled that St Mary’s is at the forefront of this. I am truly invigorated to disseminate many nuggets of wisdom and tangible strategies gained yesterday to my entire school community.
Assistant Headteacher - London
The knowledge and skills help children in many areas e.g. friendships, learning, attitude, dealing with problems at home and school. Skills will stay with them as they progress helping them to be reflective and emotionally resilient.
Teacher - London