Cognitive-behavioural therapy for eating disorders: Core competences and meta-competences to deliver evidence-based CBT-ED

Presented by Professor Glenn Waller

About the event

This Masterclass webinar will be hosted on Zoom.  A recording of the webinar will be available for delegates to view for 28 days after the live event.

A certificate of attendance will be issued for 1.5 hours CPD (live attendance only). 


Cognitive-behavioural therapy for eating disorders (CBT-ED) has a substantial evidence base. It is the only therapy that NICE recommends for all eating disorders. It has good remission rates, with strong effects on eating pathology and behaviours, mood and quality of life. These effects are found whether working with adults or younger people, working in outpatient or more intensive settings, and regardless of comorbidity, severity or duration of the eating disorder. The different effective forms of CBT-ED (e.g., CBT-BN, CBT-E, CBT-T, CBT-AR, CBT-GSH) share core features. However, it is noteworthy that clinicians often omit some of those core techniques in routine practice.

This webinar will introduce the evidence for CBT-ED across eating disorders, and will detail the different elements that are likely to be effective. It will also introduce a new measure of CBT-ED competences (the CBTS-ED), which can be used to assess delivery of evidence-based CBT for eating disorders. The session will outline the reasons that clinicians often fail to deliver all of CBT-ED (particularly the behavioural elements), and how we can use protocols, progress monitoring and supervision to overcome this drift. The webinar will conclude by considering the need to improve CBT-ED and its delivery further, including: the role of the new all-England training programme in CBT-ED; and the potential for further development of ‘third wave’ approaches from their current limited contribution.

This session is intended to be both an introduction to CBT-ED for newcomers to the field and a refresher for clinicians who have been working with patients with eating disorders for some time. It will use case examples, and there will be the opportunity to raise questions.

About the presenter(s)

Glenn Waller is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Sheffield, UK. His clinical and academic specialisms are evidence-based CBT for eating disorders, and why clinicians drift from effective treatment. He has published over 320 peer-reviewed papers, 20 book chapters and four books in the field, and regularly presents workshops at national and international meetings. 

Professor Waller is Co-Chair of the BABCP Scientific Committee. He is past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and is on the editorial board of Behaviour Research and Therapy. He was a member of the NICE Eating Disorders Guideline Development Group, responsible for the 2017 update to the eating disorders guideline.


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8 Mar 2022
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