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This online course covers fundamental concepts and techniques of schema theory and therapy (ST) as it relates to the presentation and treatment of eating disorders. This includes the assessment of schemas and modes specific to eating disorders, as well as core experiential, interpersonal, cognitive and behavioural change techniques. Participants will be shown how to conceptualise eating disorders in the context of wider comorbidity, and to utilise powerful techniques to challenge self-criticism and eating disorder symptoms. Participants will learn ways they can help clients to build a healthy compassionate self to replace the ‘survival’ modes that drive eating disordered behaviours.


Training can be viewed at your own time and pace. There will be access to live Zoom Q&A Meetings with Susan (recorded) and discussion forums to encourage active engagement and learning. Material will be made available to registrants for a further 5-weeks after the completion of the course (so 12-weeks access in total).

The training covers 16-hours of Active Continuing Professional Development. A certificate of attendance will be provided at completion of the course.

This Course includes 25 hours of CPD

Course Curriculum

  PREPARATORY MODULE: Introduction to Eating Disorders
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  MODULE 1: Introduction to Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders.
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  MODULE 2: Introducing Modes in ED
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  MODULE 3: Motivational Issues in ST
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  MODULE 4: Limited Reparenting in Eating Disorders
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  MODULE 5: Strengthening Healthy Adult 'Wise Self' & Challenging the Inner Critic (‘Parent’) Mode
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  MODULE 6: What’s the line-up: Coping Modes in EDs
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  MODULE 7: Schema-Focused Cognitive & Behavioural Strategies for change
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Your Presenter - Dr Susan Simpson

Dr. Susan Simpson is a Clinical Psychologist who has specialised in Schema Therapy for complex eating disorders over the past 20 years. She is secretary of the ISST Executive Board, and director of an ISST accredited training program, Schema Therapy Scotland. She has worked in specialist eating disorders services for over 20 years, and is currently based in an NHS-Scotland inpatient eating disorders unit. She is part of an international research group which is investigating the effectiveness of Schema Therapy for eating disorders. She has published several book chapters and journal articles on schema therapy, with a particular focus on the eating disorder population. She is co-author/editor of the book Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders published by Routledge (2020). Susan has presented at national and international conferences and has provided workshops across Australia and Europe.

For a list of research publications, see: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Susan_Simpson




This course is closed for enrollment.