What are the Credential Professional Development Packages?
The Credential Professional Development Packages will seek to flexibly meet the needs of clinicians across their training and supervision needs. The Packages will be available from 24 November 2021 until 30 June 2023.
These opportunities will be provided across three clinician groups:
Clinicians new to providing treatment for people experiencing an eating disorder
These clinicians require introductory training, training in one evidence-based treatment model (mental health professionals) or in evidence-informed dietetic practice (dietitians), and supervision.
Clinicians with some experience in providing treatment for people experiencing an eating disorder
These clinicians have some introductory knowledge but lack specific treatment provision training and/or supervision. Clinicians will require supervision and may require training in an evidence-based treatment model (mental health professionals) or in evidence-informed dietetic practice (dietitians).
Clinicians with experience in providing treatment for people experiencing an eating disorder
These clinicians have training in an evidence-based treatment model (mental health professionals) or in evidence-informed dietetic practice (dietitians), are already providing treatment for people living with eating disorder and may benefit from the opportunity of free supervision. Clinicians will require supervision (without training).
All training and supervision will be offered in an online format to provide access to clinicians from across Australia. NEDC will coordinate and administer the Professional Development Packages, connecting clinicians with training and supervision according to their needs.
There are a limited number of Professional Development Packages available across the three clinician groups (as described above) and the first eligible applicants will be awarded the Professional Development Packages.
All clinicians awarded a PD Package are required to apply for the Credential after completion of their training activities. All clinicians need to meet the 2-years clinical experience criterion for the Credential.
What trainings are available?
The training opportunities available via the Credential Professional Development Packages align with the Credential criteria. These include:
- Introduction to eating disorders for health professionals
- Evidence-based eating disorder treatment model
- Evidence-informed dietetic practice for eating disorders
What supervision opportunities are available?
Supervision packages will be designed to help clinicians meet the credential criteria. This includes 6 hours of supervision made up of 3 hours of individual supervision and 3 hours of group supervision. Group supervision will have a maximum of 5 clinicians, facilitated by one supervisor. Supervision should provide a focused space for reflective practice and exploration of clinician knowledge and skill development in the area of eating disorder treatment.
The focus of the supervision will depend on the level of experience and training of the clinician. For example:
- Group supervision following training in an evidence-based treatment model or evidence-informed dietetic practice. Note: this will be automatically offered if a clinician is awarded a training and supervision package
- Group supervision with a focus on specific treatment models, workplace settings, or diagnostic presentations
- Individual supervision with a focus on individual reflective practice
NEDC will work collaboratively with each clinician to match them with the most appropriate supervision.
How do I apply for a Credential Professional Development Package?
NEDC will assess applications and advise you on the outcome of your application within 6 weeks. Please note, if you have not heard from NEDC within 4 weeks of your application, please check in your junk folder to ensure that the email has not been missed.
On receiving a Credential Professional Development Package, NEDC will coordinate your training and/or supervision package with you, communicating with you and the providers of training and supervision.
If you are awarded a Professional Development Package including training and supervision (i.e., under the ‘new clinician’ or ‘some experience’ pathways), you are required to apply for and be awarded the ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential after you complete your training and before accessing your supervision sessions.
For clinicians awarded a supervision package (without training), you are required to apply for and be awarded the Credential before accessing the supervision sessions.
You can learn more about the Credential Professional Development Package pathways here.
Are you interested in providing training and/or supervision under the Credential Professional Development Packages?
If you are a clinician with experience in providing training and/or supervision in eating disorder treatment and are interested in being a provider of the Professional Development Packages, please email NEDC at firstname.lastname@example.org.