ANZAED 2022 In-person Workshop: Cognitive-behavioural therapy for avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (CBT-AR)

ANZAED 2022 In-person Workshop: Cognitive-behavioural therapy for avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (CBT-AR)


About this event

This one-day workshop describes a new form of cognitive-behavioural therapy for Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), which was recently added to the Feeding and Eating Disorders section of DSM-5 to describe children, adolescents, and adults who cannot meet their nutritional needs, typically because of sensory sensitivity, fear of aversive consequences, and/or lack of interest in eating or food.

There is limited research on evidence-based treatments for ARFID; however, this novel manualised approach has tested feasibility, and acceptability with strong preliminary results in children and adolescents, there has also been an evaluation within the adult population.

This workshop will fill an important gap for colleagues who are already seeing such patients in clinical practice by providing specialised training in ARFID (CBT-AR) that was developed and tested at Massachusetts General Hospital, USA. The model has also been effectively delivered in the private practice context in Australia with children, adolescents and adults.

Learning objectives

  • Describe the type of patients with ARFID for whom cognitive-behavioural therapy is appropriate
  • Describe the basic structure, goals, and session format of cognitive-behavioural therapy for ARFID (CBT-AR) with a focus on the differential application of exposure and responsive prevention across the three prototypical ARFID presentations
  • Tailor CBT-AR interventions to be developmentally appropriate for children adolescents, and adults. 

Key readings required, click here for details.

Saturday 30 April 2022, 9.00am – 4.00pm AEST. 

Kim will be presenting this workshop in-person from the venue; Jennifer will present virtually/live. 

Contact Details


Dr Kim Hurst, Dr Jennifer Thomas

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