Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

The Centre for Eating, Weight and Body Image

About this event

Claire Burton presents 12 hrs of online training in ARFID | on Zoom, March 21, 22, 28 & 29 at 5pm - 8pm AEST


Increasing numbers of children and adolescents are presenting for treatment of Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). Recognised as a heterogeneous condition, ARFID is more likely to present at an earlier age and be associated with comorbid mood or anxiety disorders, compared to anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

This workshop will provide an overview of the varied ARFID presentations, and guide clinicians on assessment and formulation of ARFID in children and adolescents. It will also present an innovative treatment that combines an adapted form of Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for ARFID, together with the Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents (UP-C/A), a manualized, transdiagnostic cognitive-behavioural treatment.  

This interactive workshop will begin with a didactic overview of the literature and assessment process. It will then move onto description of the treatment model/goals, utilising case examples of patients/families who have benefitted from this treatment model. Interactive role plays/breakout rooms and videos will be used to demonstrate delivery of this integrative approach for differing ARFID presentations.

Clinical Psychologist Dr Claire Burton has worked in variety of paediatric mental health settings for 15 years and has specialised in paediatric eating disorders for approximately 10 years. She has worked in The Royal Children’s Hospital’s (RCH) Eating Disorder Service and currently works in the RCH Psychology Service, where she provides specialised ARFID treatment. Claire is passionate about developing an evidence base for the treatment of ARFID and about increasing accessibility to high quality care.

Learning Outcomes

By completing the training participants will:

  • Understand how ARFID presents in young people, & how it differs from other paediatric eating disorders
  • Develop enhanced mental health assessment and formulation skills specific to ARFID presentations
  • Learn how to develop goals specific to ARFID treatment and implement Family-Based Treatment (FBT) and the Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents (UP-C/A) for ARFID, or FBT + UP


Familiarity with family based treatment (FBT) for anorexia nervosa will be highly beneficial. Lock, J., & Le Grange, D. (2012). Treatment manual for anorexia nervosa: A family-based approach (2nd ed.). Guilford Press.
The following case studies will give an introduction overview of the FBT + UP for ARFID treatment model:

Additional event details

Successful completion of Inside Out Institute’s Eating Disorders Essentials Training (https://insideoutinstitute.org.au/resource-library/the-essentials-training-clinicians-in-eating-disorders) or equivalent is a minimum required prerequisite.
A discount is available for students. Please email info@cewbi.com.au with proof of both a valid student ID and full-time enrolment to receive the discount code.

There will be another session later in the year. Email training@ cewbi.com.au to hold a spot.

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