Course Summary

This 1-day live 'virtual' workshop will help mental health professionals to enhance the treatment outcomes for autistic people with eating disorder

This 1-day live 'virtual' masterclass aims to up-skill adolescent and adult mental health professionals with the knowledge, skills and confidence to adapt evidence-based assessment protocols and interventions for the treatment of eating disorders for Autistic individuals and their families. Grounded in recent research from lived experience participants, and informed by the newly published PEACE pathway for eating disorders and autism, participants in this workshop will develop practical strategies to work in a collaborative, effective and best practice way with autistic people to enhance their relationship with food and their bodies. Participants will leave the workshop with the knowledge, skills and confidence to establish multidisciplinary care teams and provide inclusive, person-centred care for neurodivergent individuals and their families.

Course Overview (1 DAY)

  • Introduction to eating difficulties experienced by autistic individuals

  • Outline of the potential common neurobiology between autism and eating disorders

  • Overview of lived experience research outlining challenges associated with standard eating disorders care for autistic individuals

  • Assessment considerations including distinguishing eating disorders from feeding disorders for autistic individuals and screening for autism for clients with eating disorders

  • Treatment overview including specific adaptations required to enhance outcomes for autistic individuals and their families

  • Clinical Case Studies including role plays and practical demonstrations of skills to tie the material together

  • Q&A with Dr Amy Talbot

Bonus material!

  • Guide to Medical Assessment

    This tool will assist mental health professionals and dietitians to establish a treatment team including medical support and will enhance confidence in managing the medical comorbidities associated with eating disorders.

  • Practical Adaptations Collaborative Checklist

    This checklist developed by Dr Talbot can be utilized by practitioners, or ideally collaboratively with clients and families, to facilitate discussion around appropriate adaptations to manualized interventions when working with autistic individuals with eating disorders.

  • Breakout rooms!

    This 2-day live virtual workshop provides lots of opportunities for reflection and skills-based practice in virtual 'break-out rooms' for 'real' interaction and engagement with your peers

Event Details

  • Upcoming Date(s)

    Monday 16th May 2022

  • Time

    9-4.30pm (AEST)

  • Breaks?

    Yes of course! - morning tea and afternoon tea (15 minutes each at 10.30am and 2.45pm) Lunch 12-12-45pm

Who is the course for?

This 1-day course is suitable for mental health practitioners with prior experience working with autistic people who would like to enhance their skills at providing support and intervention for eating disorders and disordered eating for autistic individuals. This course is also suitable for mental health practitioners and dietitians with prior experience providing treatment for eating disorders who would like to enhance their knowledge of how to best adapt treatment for autistic individuals.

  • Provisional Psychologists / Psychologists

  • Mental Health Social workers

  • Mental Health Occupational therapists

  • Dieticians

  • Psychiatrists

  • GPs (mental health interest)


Clinical Psychologist

Dr Amy Talbot

Dr Talbot is the director, founder and senior clinical psychologist at The Talbot Centre, a leading centre of excellence and innovation in healthcare in Sydney’s Northwest. In 2018 she was awarded Australian Psychologist of the Year at the inaugural Australian Allied Health Awards. Dr Talbot provides clinical consultation, supervision and training to clinicians Australia wide who work with patients and families affected by eating and feeding disorders, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive and related disorders. With over 10 years research and clinical experience, Dr Talbot has published multiple articles, and delivered keynotes, workshops, and training focused on eating and feeding disorders across the lifespan, including research on neuropsychological functioning in eating disorders. Dr Talbot has previously worked with Dr Ratcliffe, providing research assistance for the development and assessment of The Westmead Feelings Program, a novel emotion-based social skills program for autistic children. Dr Talbot has a unique gift for translating scientific information and clinical concepts into accessible know how and practical strategies that facilitate improved health for individuals and community wide attitude change. Her current focus is on increasing awareness of and early identification of clinical concerns, championing the voice of lived experience and on improving the intervention evidence base to allow for better outcomes for families.


Please register early to avoid disaapointment - limited spots available!

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