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Two day CPD event on Working with people with Autism who present with eating disorders & working with ARFID (Avoidant Restrictive Feeding Intake Disorder)

Wednesday 6th - Thursday 7th March 2019 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

Day 1 provided an overview of working with people with Autism who present with Eating Disorders. Links between autism and eating disorders are becoming more widely recognised. The first day of this event considered the ways in which these conditions interact and how to create more adaptive and responsive services. The day was introduced by Dr Will Mandy who is a clinical psychologist and senior lecturer at University College London. His work aims to improve the recognition of autism, and to develop new interventions to help autistic people. Particular research interest in eating disorders and other mental health problems. The afternoon was led by Dr Andrea Brown (Consultant Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist) and will focus on working clinically with this population. She runs the Naomi Unit in York (a specialist inpatient provider for eating disorders) and helped set up the Tuke Centre (a community treatment service providing specific support for people with autism, ADHD, eating disorders and psychological trauma). She is also a member of the executive committee of the Eating Disorders faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Day 2 of this two day workshop focused on working with people presenting with ARFID (Avoidant Restrictive Feeding Intake Disorder). ARFID was introduced as a new diagnostic category in DSM-V. The ARFID diagnosis describes individuals whose symptoms do not match the criteria for traditional eating disorder diagnoses, but who, nonetheless, experience clinically significant struggles with eating and food. Symptoms of ARFID typically develop in infancy or childhood, but they may also present or persist into adulthood. This day was led by Ursula Philpot who is a registered dietician and Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University. A member of the Clinical advisory group for the CRG for Eating Disorders, the guidelines development group for NICE guidance for eating disorders.

The two day event was designed for Professionals working in Eating Disorders Services and those working with people with Autism who present with eating disorders including ARFID.

Presentation Downloads

Click on the links below to download the presentations that were delivered on the day.

Handout 1
Handout 2
Handout 3
Handout 4
Handout 5
Handout 6

Learning outcomes and objectives:

  • Overview of Autism & Eating Disorders
  • Overview of adaptations to interventions when working with people with Autism who present with an Eating Disorder
  • Overview of ARFID
  • Overview of interventions when working with clients with ARFID

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507

Agenda

Wednesday 6th March 2019

Please note, all speakers, timings and content are subject to change.

09:00Registration & Refreshments
09:30Morning Session - Dr Will Mandy, Overview of Research into Autism and Autism in women.
11:00Refreshment Break
11:15Morning Session continues - Dr Will Mandy, Overview of his Research on Eating Disorders and Autism including specific characteristics.
12:30Lunch
13:30Afternoon Session - Dr Andrea Brown, Discussions around the coexistence of Eating Disorders and Autism Spectrum Conditions & Thoughts on how Autism features might be manifest in ED presentations
15:00Refreshment Break
15:15Afternoon Session continues - Dr Andrea Brown, Ideas to help improve outcomes: in individual sessions and in inpatient and day settings
16:30Close

Thursday 7th March 2019

Please note, all speakers, timings and content are subject to change.

09:00Registration & Refreshments
09:30Morning Session - Introduction what is ARFID, the importance of the assessment and letter to the patient
11:00Refreshment Break
11:15Morning Session continues - Service user testimony + case studies
12:30Lunch
13:30Afternoon Session - What works and what does not and why
15:00Refreshment Break
15:15Afternoon Session continues - Food chaining, Therapeutic interventions (anxiety and exposure) & Q&A
16:30Close

Venue

BPS Offices, London, Tabernacle Street

30 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4UE •  Directions

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