The Core Principles of the Treatment of Eating Disorders: A Workshop and ACPA Annual General Meeting (AGM)

A workshop with Chris Thornton and Dr. Mandy Goldstein

Friday 15th November 2019 – Sydney, NSW
Please arrive by 8.30 for registration for a 9.00am start. 

CB05C.01.005 in Block C, Building 5,
University of Technology Sydney,
cnr. Quay Street and Ultimo Road, Sydney, NSW 2000

Enquiries: Dr. Phoebe Lau, ACPA Events Committee Chair at

(This is a catered event)

ACPA is delighted to host a one-day workshop in the treatment of eating disorders with esteemed presenters, Chris Thornton and Dr. Mandy Goldstein. We extend a warm invitation to members, prospective members, and colleagues in the profession to join us in this important learning opportunity. This workshop will cover the core principles of the treatment of eating disorders. Places are limited to 70 per workshop only so do register early.

The ACPA AGM to follow after the workshop at 4.15pm.

Chris Thornton Biography

Chris Thornton is a Clinical Psychologist and is the Clinical Director of The Redleaf Practice, a multidisciplinary private practice that specialises in the outpatient treatment of eating and related disorders. Chris has 25 years’ experience working on inpatient units, day programs and outpatient services both in Australia and New Zealand.  He has been in private practice for more than 20 years and continues to provide individual and group supervision in the treatment of patients with eating disorders.  He has been trained by the developers of Family Based Treatment and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Enhanced.  Chris has a commitment to the provision of evidence-based care, focusing on the core principles of eating disorder treatment. Chris is a past president of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders. He has presented nationally and internationally and authored numerous scientific papers and book chapters in the treatment of eating disorders. 

Dr. Mandy Goldstein Biography

Dr. Mandy Goldstein is a clinical psychologist with over 10 years’ experience in the treatment of eating disorders (EDs) and trauma. She is the Principal Clinical Psychologist at Mandy Goldstein Psychology, and works as an Associate at the Redleaf Practice, both private practices in Sydney, specialising in the treatment of EDs. Mandy has been involved in inpatient, outpatient and day program treatment settings for patients with EDs, and has undergone specialist training in the treatment of adults and adolescents with EDs. She has been providing family-based treatment (FBT) for adolescents with eating disorders in a private practice setting for 10 years and provides consultation and supervision to trainee psychologists in FBT, as well as the treatment of EDs and trauma more generally.

Workshop Description
The Federal Government has outlined new Medicare Item numbers to allow greater access to more sessions for patients with a “severe and complex” presentation of an eating disorder. Although details of this development remain unclear, it is possible that many mental health practitioners may be tempted to begin to treat severe and complex patients with little information about eating disorders. 

This workshop is intended to provide a ‘starter pack’ of information and skills to help generalist clinicians feel more skilled in helping patients with eating disorders. It is not intended to be a comprehensive training in any particular model (e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Family Based Therapy) of treatment or a replacement for a more comprehensive workshop.

A brief review of the outcome literature will be provided.  The workshop will then cover an orientation to the general psychopathology of eating disorders. Participants will then be exposed to an overview of the core treatment components that every eating disorders therapy (irrespective of particular orientation or model) should entail.  These components will be described for both individual therapies and therapies more focused on including the family. 

Workshop Aims
Attendees will:

  • Be introduced to the range of treatment manuals that have some evidence in the treatment of the eating disorders.
  • Understand the general psychopathology of eating disorders.
  • Learn a series of Core Principles for the treatment of eating disorders and how to apply them across developmental ranges;
  • How to integrate the use of the evidence base to inform treatment in real world settings,
  • Have an opportunity to explore case material bringing the concepts to life. 

This workshop will be useful to both the generalist clinician beginning to work in eating disorders. We hope that it may also be helpful to more experienced clinicians in integrating knowledge and generating fruitful ideas.  

Public Transport and Car Parking
The venue is within a short walk of Central station. It is advisable that attendees utilise public transport as parking is limited and may be costly. 

ACPA member student or registrar: $80
Non-member student or registrar: $95
ACPA members: $180
Non ACPA members: $220

Registration closes midnight 1st November 2019

This workshop is fully catered. Please advise of any dietary requirements upon registration.

Continuing Professional Development
The day comprises 6 hours professional development. Members of other disciplines or professions attending the event may be able to claim the workshop as CPD provided their governing body does not require event accreditation for PD hours.

Terms and Conditions issues receipts at the time of registration, and this confirms registration. Please retain receipts for your records, including as a Tax Invoice/Receipt for the transaction. No other receipts are available via this booking system.

Cancellation Policy
Refunds are offered for all cancellations received in writing via email to Cancellations must be received two weeks in advance by 1st November 2019.

Regrettably, due to the logistics and terms of event management, refunds are not possible after this date, regardless of personal circumstances or difficulties preventing attendance. The cancellation policy is final and not negotiable. However, should the event be cancelled for any reason, a full refund will be issued.

Registrations are transferable to another person in all cases. However, notification of transfer of registration including any dietary requirements must be received by 1st November 2019. Transfer of registration to another person is NOT possible after this date.

Please direct all enquiries to Dr. Phoebe Lau, ACPA Events Committee Chair at