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Day 1:

The Nature of Eating Disorders

Online Wednesday 27th March 2024

Find out more about the programme below!

Time Session Session format Speakers

09.30 – 10.45

Introduction to training

Biological Risk Factors

‘Genetics and familial risk’

Discussion of biological causes of eating disorders

Morning: whole group lectures and group discussions

Dasha Nicholls, pre- recorded lecture by Janet Treasure Led by course leader.



11.10 – 12.30

Epidemiology and Social Risk Factors

‘Epidemiology and risk psychosocial factors’

‘Eating disorders prevention’

Discussion of Psychosocial risk factors

Summary of ‘causation’ knowledge

Morning: whole group lectures and group discussion

Lecture by Dasha Nicholls Lecture by Philippa Diedrichs

12.30 – 13:15

Lunch Break


Team working

Developing a shared team philosophy.

Afternoon: Small group discussions

Cathy Troupp and Dasha Nicholls

14:45 – 15.15


15.15 - 16.30


Definitions and diagnosis of the eating disorders

Q&A on Diagnosis

Afternoon: Guest lecture

Lecture by Dasha Nicholls


Dr Dasha Nicholls

Dasha Nicholls is Clinical Reader in Child Psychiatry at Imperial College London and works as a clinician in the CNWL young people’s eating disorders service

Cathy Troupp

Cathy Troupp is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with 25 years’ experience working with young people with eating disorders and their families.