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Autism and Eating Disorders / Disordered Eating (including ARFID)

A two day online training
Module 8 in the BPS Approved Cert/Dip in Autism and Mental Health
(next start date September 2024).

Autism and Mental Health

Autism and Eating Disorders/Disordered Eating Patterns (including ARFID).

Are you a practitioner supporting autistic people with co-occurring mental health conditions?

This two-day online training course introduces you to a “model for
understanding & supporting autistic people who experience Eating-Disorders and Disordered Eating Patterns.” Essential knowledge and skills when supporting autistic people with co-occurring mental health conditions.
You can take this course as a stand-alone module or as Module 8 in the BPS Approved Certificate and Diploma in Autism and Mental Health.  All course materials are available online via a learning management platform
so you can complete at your own pace and time.
What will I learn on this course?
  • Aware of the range and prevalence of Eating-Disorders and Disordered Eating patterns (including ARFID) experienced by autistic people.
  • How Eating- Disorders and Disordered Eating Patterns (including ARFID) may present amongst autistic people.
  • Ability to spot the signs of Eating -Disorders and Disordered Eating patterns using the “Spotting the Signs Tool and related screening tools.”
  • Aware of gender bias in autism assessments and specific issues relating to the female presentation that may go under the radar.
  • How Eating-Disorders/Disordered Eating Patterns may present amongst young autistic men.
  • The importance of sensory food profiling as part of an initial assessment for autistic people experiencing disordered eating patterns.
  • Ability to use the sensory food profiling tool as part of your initial assessments and practice using them.
  • Overview of how low interoceptive awareness, the double empathy problem, monotropic thinking, differences in communication style, masking and camouflaging and sensory hyper and hyposensitivities may impact on food preferences, eating patterns and disordered eating.
  • How change and transitions impact on anxiety and eating patterns amongst autistic people.
  • Why co-occurring mental health conditions increase risks for eating disorders/disordered eating patterns amongst autistic people (e.g. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).
  • Understand the principles of re-feeding at home and in the community.
  • Introduction to family skills for autism and eating disorders/disordered eating (key skills for supporting re-feeding).
  • Ability to use a range practices, resources, psychoeducation tools, worksheets and strategies for increasing self-awareness, self- acceptance, balance and improved mental health.
  • Reviewed the literature and best practice approaches for supporting autistic people who experience eating disorders/disordered eating patterns (including ARFID).
  • Access to supplementary psychoeducation, learning materials and resources.

What are the benefits of completing this training?

  • Understanding of Autism and Mental Health (using an inside out & neuro-affirmative approach)
  • Certificate of completion
  • Work towards the BPS Approved Certification in Autism and Mental Health.
  • Ability to adjust practice.
  • Specific core skills for supporting Autistic people who experience co- occurring mental health conditions.
  • Access to supportive resources, skills, and approaches.
  • Increased awareness around your own practice.
  • Application of learning into practice.
What else will I take away from this training?
  • PDF Course Handouts.
  • 12 weeks access to Tutor led videos.
  • Course Guide
  • 6 workbooks (one per lesson).
  • Certificate of Completion for this course.
  • NCAMH Podcast Interviews.
  • Downloadable Articles.
  • 2 Spotting the Signs Tool (including printable visuals)
  • Sensory profiling tool
  • Downloadable Worksheets.
  • Psychoeducation Tools.
  • 4 Downloadable Reflective Practice Worksheets.
  • Further reading/reference list.
  • Access to supplementary learning materials
  • Investment

    £260 (inclusive of VAT and all course materials)

    For multiple bookings or for employer invoicing please call 07545 190915." Discounts available for multiple bookings.


The STIMS and SPINS resource packs have been
great, putting a strength – based approach at
the centre of our client work has been
incredibly validating for autistic people. Thank
you for this very informative course.