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An introduction to the assessment and management of Eating and Feeding Disorders in Children and Adolescents, with specific reference to CBT skills



Approved for 13 External Credits by CPsychI

March 4, 2024
March 5, 2024
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
01 4923596

Event Details

An introduction to the assessment and management of Eating and Feeding Disorders in Children and Adolescents, with specific reference to CBT skills

Date: Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th March 2024
Venue:  Lucena CAMHS, 59 Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6
Organisers: Prof Fiona McNicholas, Dr Hakan Ogutlu
CPD: Approved for 13 External Credits by CPsychI (6.5 credits per day)

Cost: €150 per day, or €250 both days

Suitable for clinicians working with youth with Eating or Feeding disorders. 

Further information and to reserve place:

Day 1: Feeding Disorder Content 9:30am-5pm
Overview of Feeding Disorders (ARFID, PICA, rumination disorder)

Diagnostic criteria, Assessment procedure, PARDI and other clincial tools

Treatment of FD with reference to CBT, CBT and Family work

Formulations using Case Examples

Day 2: Eating Disorder Content 9:30am-5pm

Overview of Eating Disorders (AN, BN, BED)

Diagnostic criteria, Assessment procedure, EDE and other clinical tools

Introduction to Basic principles of Enhanced CBT for Eating Disorders

Overview of Workshop: Assessment and Treatment of Eating and Feeding Disorders in Children and Adolescents

This 2 day interactive workshop will cover the assessment and diagnosis of Eating (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Night Eating Syndrome) and Feeding Disorders (Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, Pica Disorder, Rumination Disorder). Basic principles of cognitive behavioural therapy enhanced (CBT-E) will be introduced.  The workshop will use case examples, and role play to help attendees gain some understanding of core therapuetic procedures. Relevant assessment tools will be presented.

Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are serious mental health problems that require effective treatment. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a structured and problem-focused approach that aims to help individuals understand and change their thoughts and behaviors related to food and eating. A new “enhanced” version of CBT (CBT – E) has been developed and proven to be transdiagnostic, effective for all eating disorders. It has recently been adapted for adolescents making it suitable for treating all EDs across the ages.

The formulation, techniques and interventions used are based on the CBT-E model. It starts with the awareness of the eating problem and the regulation of eating habits. Unlike classical CBT, there is no thought recording, but self-monitoring records are kept. Self-monitoring is an important feature of CBT for eating disorders as it provides a detailed measurement of eating problems and helps to direct the focus of each therapy session.

Treatment focuses on the processes that maintain the person’s eating problem, and subsequently, to address the main mechanisms that sustain the ED. Treatment is shaped according to sustaining factors, working on Body Perception, Diet Restriction and the Relationship between Events, Emotions and Eating.


Prof Dr Fiona McNicholas

Professor McNicholas is a Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Lucena Clinic, Rathgar and CHI, Crumlin. She is chair and department lead in the academic department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University College, Dublin and actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

 Dr Hakan Öğütlü

Dr Hakan Ogutlu is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Accredited CBT Psychotherapist with special clinical interests in ED. Dr. Ogutlu completed his accreditation of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy by the American Academy of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies and the European Association for Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies (EACBT). In addition, he is an International Diplomat of the American Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT) and the European Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (EACBT). He is a member of the Board of the Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies Association. His areas of interest are eating disorders (ED), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety disorders (AD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), major depressive disorder (MDD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), adolescence problems, childhood problems and mental disabilities.

He practices Family-Based Therapy (FBT) for EDs and Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT-E) for Eating Disorders. Dr. Ogutlu is also a member of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Autism, Down Syndrome and Other Developmental Disorders Research Commission. He continues his clinical practice with his national and international academic studies in his private clinic.