Skills for Eating Disorder Support

Continuing Professional Development

Eating Disorders Specialist Training for Professionals

This foundation course aims to raise awareness and knowledge around eating disorders and disordered eating. Additionally, the course demonstrates a range of support tools that can be adapted in various professional settings.  It will not train you in a specific eating disorder instead the training will equip you with the information and skills to spot the signs and take an evidenced based approach to support someone at risk of eating difficulties and eating disorders.

Working with clients who suffer from eating disorders and difficulties can be challenging, but the support and care is available if you know what is required and where to refer for help. Indications that statutory services are under continued pressure to provide support, the case for more professionals across different settings to be able to identify the signs and signpost to local services grows stronger.

First Steps ED understands that professionals working in the fields of health and social care, as well as in education are often best placed to help detect, prevent and support people affected by eating disorders. We know that early intervention is vital to ensure the long-term wellbeing of those affected, and can avoid situations reaching crisis point.

We deliver our CPD training workshops to GP students, recognising that each new GP only receives about 1.8 hours training and assessment on eating disorders as part of their undergraduate course, we deliver half day education sessions to student GPs to our medical school whilst these new GPS are on placements with our acute Hospital Trusts.

With only 1 in 5 medical schools providing any training on eating disorders, we think our training and assessment should be adopted nationally.

Our GP training is delivered by our Primary Care Ambassador, a retired GP with lived experience of anorexia, delivering a unique patient and public involvement perspective that GP students value when attending our CPD course.

We are also commissioned by primary care staff in practices across the areas we provide our services. 

You might be surprised when we say that Dentists and dental hygienist also value our CPD training and commission us to deliver our professional training across dental primary care. Professionals working in density are amongst the first front-line health staff capable of spotting the signs and symptoms of anorexia and bulimia through patients tooth decay and halitosis some of the physical health impacts suffered by eating disorders.

Professionals in education environments are under pressure to support children and young people with anxiety and depression with some students developing problems around food and eating difficulties. Our CPD workshops can be delivered for groups of teachers, school nurses and other education support staff and our self-esteem and body image workshops help children and young people adjust their behaviours when faced with bullying and peer pressure.

We love getting feedback like this on our body image workshops: 

‘I gained some new insights and different perspectives. I also very much liked being part of the group. I thought the other members were courageous, sparky, creative, interesting, bright and fun to be with”.

Consequently, First Steps offers CPD training to aid professionals working in a range of sectors and environments.

 The outcomes for our CPD courses are:

  • Greater understanding of different Eating Disorder types, signs, symptoms and possible causes
  • Greater understanding of what recovery means with regards to Eating Disorders
  • Insight into support tools used with Eating Disorder clients

Course delivery

Training can be delivered at our main office in Derby City Centre, or on client premises for group bookings.  All First Steps training courses are delivered by our team of expert trainers, specialising in eating disorder management.  First Steps is also able to provide support materials in various formats. 

Next confirmed dates for 2019 are:

  • 12th October

Workshops will run from 10.00am to 4.00pm with time allowed for coffee breaks and lunch [not included] and cost £99.99 for students and £149.99 for professionals (concessions available).

For more information on a course please contact First Steps or call us on 01332 367571.

To book, please click here 


(Please note: Before booking your place onto our CPD Training, please read our Cancellation policy and Complaints policy). 

Eating Disorders Skills for Parents and Families

Parents and siblings are often overlooked but their support and understanding can be crucial to help a sufferer. 

We run Skills for Carers training workshops because parents and siblings are best placed to support self-care.

Workshop outcomes:

  • Greater understanding of rolling with resistance
  • Insight into the different caring styles (New Maudsley Method)
  • Greater understanding of the importance of goal setting
  • Being able to recognise the stages of change
  • Options to join our award winning Befriending service – connecting parents and siblings with lived experience

Course delivery

Training is delivered at our main office in Derby City Centre.  All First Steps workshops are delivered by our team of expert trainers, specialising in eating disorder management.  First Steps is also able to provide support materials in various formats.

Confirmed dates for 2019:

Skills for Carers is a free 4 week course and will be held at either Derby or Chesterfield on Saturdays 9:30am – 12:30pm

8th June and runs through until 28th June 2019>(Derby FULLY BOOKED)

19th October and runs through until 9th November 2019 (Derby Bookings now being taken)

Chesterfield – Expressions of Interest for parents/families please email the office 

The course is free to attend for all.

For more information on a course please contact First Steps or call us on 01332 367571

Please note: The workshops run for a period of 4 weeks. After the first week the group will become closed.

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