Identifying the Early Signs of Eating Disorders

Identifying the early signs of eating disorders in clients … knowing how to support, manage and escalate.

1-day online CPD workshop

Saturday 21st October 2023 – 10.00 – 16.00 BST


Jennifer Pitt

Who is it aimed at?

Trainees/qualified counsellors and psychotherapists at all career stages

Course Outline

The key themes to be covered include:

  • What are eating disorders: Some definitions
  • Possible risk factors & triggers
  • Myths and truths
  • Some important statistics
  • Identifying a client at risk of becoming eating disordered/the signs
  • How to effectively address concerns in the therapeutic environment
  • What to say and what NOT to say to a client of concern
  • The tricky stuff: medical involvement and considering whether inaction could be construed as negligence
  • Supporting the client to get an initial and urgent GP appointment.
  • Eliciting the right support in navigating this rather precarious and increasingly common path


To gain an awareness, and learn how to identify eating disordered behaviours and early signs of an eating disorder in clients, and knowing how to manage, support and escalate.

Learning Outcomes

  • To gain an awareness of eating disordered behaviours and knowing how to manage concerns for the client (they can become safeguarding issues)
  • Getting the “right people” involved in order to access prompt medical help whilst keeping the client on board in the therapeutic relationship
  • Accessing the appropriate support clinical and personal support

Course Structure

  • This one-day workshop will be interactive and experiential and interactive and will include small group work and plenary discussion
  • Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and share experiences, including clinical work


£102 inc VAT (Early Bird Rate until 9th September)

£132 inc VAT (Full Rate)

Facilitator’s Biography

Jennifer Pitt has worked as a counsellor/psychotherapist for nearly 2 decades, working mainly, though not exclusively, in educational settings. These days, in addition to writing therapy-based articles and delivering workshops/webinars, she runs a private practice – much of her work is with clients of all ages and genders suffering with disordered eating.

Since 2015, Jennifer has held Eating Disorder Practitioner Status. Her decision to undertake formal training in this area, came the day after an excruciating counselling session with a client who was exhibiting all the early signs of anorexia and who fled from their session following a clumsy intervention by their counsellor.


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