The Greenane Centre, Greenane. Tipperary Town, E34 CX13

Specialist Diploma in Eating Disorders

An Holistic, Integrated, Recovery Focused Approach


Delivered via Blended Learning

Express Interest for November 2024 Intake - Timetable Coming Soon

Full Fee: €2,000 

€500 Deposit on registration

3 monthly payments of €500


Specialist Diploma in Eating Disorders

Therapeutic work with clients affected by an Eating Disorder is an expanding and specialist area of practice. An informed, holistic and evidence based approach to therapeutic work with this client group can substantially improve clinical outcomes and promote sustainable recovery. Our IACP CPD Approved and Recognised Specialist Diploma in Eating Disorders will present an holistic, evidence based exploration of eating disorders and equip participants with the knowledge, skills and competencies to identify, support and engage therapeutically with clients who present with an eating disorder from an integrative framework.

Our training programme is unique in that it is a  practical skills-based training with a strong theoretical foundation underpinned by the principals of best practices and the expressed wishes of those effected by an Eating Disorder – expertise and consistency, appropriate and individualised treatment and time to enable recovery (ED Services; HSE Model of Care 2018).

This programme will be facilitated through a blended learning format with some elements delivered on line and others delivered in person at The Greenane Centre, Tipperary.

Specialist Certificate In Eating Disorders

Current Programme

Course Orientation

Facilitators: Liz Quish & Fierna Kennedy

Thursday 9th November  2023

7.30pm – 9.30pm on Zoom

Introduction to Course Philosophy, Principals, and Assessments.


Aetiology and Description of Eating Disorders

Facilitator: Fierna Kennedy

Friday 10th November 2023,
Saturday 11th November 2023,
Sunday 12th November 2023.

10am – 4pm Daily on Zoom

  • Definitions, descriptions and evolution of Eating Disorder Presentations
  • Diagnostic Criteria for Eating Disorder Presentations
  • Demographics and Epidemiology of Eating Disorders
  • Eating Disorders Genesis
  • Disordered Eating – Eating Disorder Spectrum
  • Stigma, Shame and Myths
  • Specific Psychopathology of Eating Disorders
  • Co-Morbidity and Diagnostic Crossover


Theoretical Models of Eating Disorders

Facilitator: Fierna Kennedy

Friday 8th December 2023,
Saturday 9th December 2023,
Sunday 10th December 2023.

10am – 4pm Daily on Zoom

  • Biopsychosocial Model
  • Medical Model
  • Family Based Treatment (FBT)
  • Transtheoretical Model
  • Multidimensional Holistic Model
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Neuroscience Based Models
  • Polyvagal Theory


Body Image and Eating Disorders

Facilitator: Fierna Kennedy

Saturday 20th January 2024,
Sunday 21st January 2024.

10am – 4pm Daily at The Greenane Centre

  • Body Image as a Multidimensional Construct
  • Body Image Influences
  • Body Image Disturbance and Eating Disorders – Theoretical and Experiential Understanding
  • Body Image Psychopathology and Associated Behaviours
  • Body Neutrality Movement
  • Media Targeting, Diet Culture and Body Image
  • Transference and Counter Transference


Nutritional Intervention and Medical Implications

Facilitator: Fierna Kennedy & Anna McElhinney

Saturday 17th February 2024,
Sunday 18th February 2024.

10am – 4pm Daily on Zoom

  • Defining Eating Disorder Recovery
  • Multidisciplinary Involvement– Overview of Roles and Responsibilities
  • Nutritional Interventions
  • Evolution, Obesity and Diet Culture
  • Chemistry of Normal / Disordered Eating
  • Nutritional Rehabilitation
  • Mealtime Management
  • Medical Implications – GP Role
  • Pharmacological Approaches
  • Team Collaboration and Linking
  • When to Cease Intervention and Referral Pathways


Psychotherapeutic Interventions for Eating Disorder Clients – Phase 1

Facilitator:  Fierna Kennedy

Saturday 23rd March 2024,
Sunday 24th March 2024,
Saturday 6th April 2024.

10am – 4pm Daily. Two March days on Zoom, the April day at The Greenane Centre.

  • Depth and Complexity of the Therapeutic Process.
  • Assessment Criteria
  • Contracting
  • Predisposing, Precipitating, Perpetuating and Protective Factors
  • Determining Sociocultural, Personal, and Relational Variables
  • Integrating Theory in Practice
  • Specific Therapeutic Challenges
  • Energy Medicine (Guest Speaker)


Psychotherapeutic Interventions: Body Image & Family Involvement – Phase 2

Facilitator: Fierna Kennedy

Friday 26th April 2024,
Saturday 27th April 2024.

10am – 4pm Daily at The Greenane Centre

  • Family/ Carer Involvement – Role, Rational and Mediation
  • Collaborative Care – Interpersonal Factors
  • Addressing Relational-Systemic Issues
  • Protective Factors
  • Body Image – Interventions
  • Experiential Understanding of Body Image Disturbance
  • Psychoeducational Tools for Triggers and Setbacks


Creative Interventions & Eating Disorders

Facilitator: Fierna Kennedy

Friday 24th May 2024,
Saturday 25th May 2024,
Sunday 26th May 2024.

10am – 4pm Daily at The Greenane Centre

  • Sand Tray Stories
  • Art Interventions
  • Interactive Therapeutic Card Decks
  • Gestalt Empty Chair Technique – ED and Heathy Self
  • Somatic Interventions
  • Mindfulness Exercises


Programme Closing

Facilitator: Liz Quish

Tuesday 28th May 2024.

7:30pm – 9pm on Zoom

Group Process, Exploration of Knowledge and Implications for Professional Practice.


Participants are expected to attend 1 online tutorial.
You will be assigned to either Group 1 or Group 2 when the class is full.

Facilitator: Liz Quish

Tuesday 13th February 2024 – Group 1
Wednesday 14th February 2024 – Group 2

7:30 – 9pm on Zoom

Learning Outcomes

Our IACP CPD Approved and Recognised Specialist Diploma in Eating Disorders will enable participants to apply theory to practice, with a strong focus on a holistic and integrative framework. This programme is underpinned by evidenced practices ensuring safe, ethical  and holistic therapeutic interventions in line with national and international guidelines.

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding and appreciation of the different presentations of eating disorders and associated symptoms.
  • Develop a strong evidence based theoretical lens specific to Eating Disorders.
  • Understand the complexity of relationships with food through physiology, neuroscience and psychology.
  • Appreciate professionals’ and carers’ responses and reactions to people with eating disorders and the impact of same in building, maintain and sustaining a supportive therapeutic and recovery focused alliance.
  • Understand the importance of nutrients and how these are essential for recovery from an eating disorder.
  • Understand the importance of nutrients and how these are essential for recovery from an eating disorder.
  • Develop the skills, tools and techniques to implement an integrative therapeutic framework, incorporating creative and expressive techniques.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of managing and working with risk in the context of eating disorders and the importance of a multidisciplinary approach.

Programme Structure & Fees

Entry Requirement

This CPD Diploma is open to practitioners who have successfully completed:

  • A Degree or Diploma in Counselling/ Psychotherapy/ Psychology
  • Nurses, GP’S, Nutritionists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers who support service users presenting with an Eating Disorder/ Disordered Eating

This programme may also be of interest to Play Therapists, Art Therapists, Drama and Music Therapists who have appropriate experience and accreditation and are seeking to expand their skill set to work therapeutically with clients who present with an Eating Disorder/ Disordered Eating

Teaching Methods

This Programme will be facilitated online via Zoom and in person at The Greenane Centre.


Reflective Learning Journal – 2000 words.
Book Review – 1500 words

Terms & Conditions

Please read our Terms and Conditions document carefully. You will be required to indicate your consent on the programme application form.

Programme Fee & Payment Schedule

  • Full Fee: €2,000 
  • €500 Deposit on registration
  • 3 monthly payments of €500

Current Class Full