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Mon 11 Nov

Eating Disorders: Considerations in our Professional Practice with Young People presented by the IASW CAMHS Special Interest Group

9.30 - 4.30

Ashling Hotel , Parkgate Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 8, D08 K8P5

€30 IASW members/€70 non-members



Registration Tea & Coffee


Dr Rachel Bryant Waugh

Rachel Bryant-Waugh is a Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years’ experience, specialising in the study and treatment of feeding and eating disorders in children and young people. She has maintained a high level of clinical and research activity throughout this period, most recently focussing on ARFID.  Rachel is currently Lead of the National CAMHS ARFID Service at the Maudsley Centre for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders (MCCAED). She served on the DSM-5 and the ICD-11 workgroups reviewing diagnostic criteria for feeding and eating disorders, and was National Clinical Adviser for NHS England’s Children and Young People’s Evidence Based Treatment Pathway for Eating Disorders.  Rachel has won national and international awards for her work, in recognition of her contribution to the field of feeding and eating disorders. She has published widely, trains colleagues, and teaches in many countries. She is passionate about ensuring that the voices and experiences of children, young people, parents, carers and other family members are heard, respected and included in efforts to further knowledge and improvement treatment.


Tea/Coffee Break


Dr Rachel Bryant Waugh




Dr Sara McDevitt, HSE National Clinical Lead for Eating Disorders

Dr Sara McDevitt is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She is also HSE National Clinical Lead for Eating Disorders in Ireland, and a clinical senior lecturer in Child Psychiatry in University College Cork. Her research interests are in eating disorders, service innovation and design, evidence and values based care, patient experience and safety, medical and interprofessional education and eating disorder genetics. Her most recent publication is a conference paper on introducing integrated care pathways for eating disorders. Her main research focus currently, is in relation to HSE 's new clinical service for eating disorders- evaluation of benefits and of clinical training programme.


Aisling Lyons, Senior Eating Disorders Specialist Dietitian with Linn Dara Community Eating Disorders Service

Nutritional Considerations in Eating Disorders

Aisling Lyons works as a Senior Eating Disorder Dietitian within the Linn Dara Community Eating Disorders Team. She holds an MSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Ulster and a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Limerick.

Aisling started her career in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and worked for six years in the clinical setting through a variety of disciplines, namely as a Senior Dietitian in Oncology but also in the areas of Renal, Gastroenterology and Neurosurgery including Intensive Care. She developed and implemented the Nutrition and Dietetic service to the then newly opened Radiation Oncology Unit at Beaumont Hospital in 2012 before taking up a community post in Northern Ireland in 2013.

She began working in the specialised area of Children and Adolescent Eating Disorders 6 years ago in Northern Ireland where she was the regional lead for implementing the Nutrition Care Process in Eating Disorders and developed Refeeding Guidelines for the use in the acute hospital setting. Last year Aisling joined the first dedicated CAMHS Community Eating Disorders Team as part of the National Clinical Program in Linn Dara, Dublin. She currently works within a skilled multi-disciplinary team to deliver nutritional support to both the young person and their parents/carer(s). Her role focuses on the renourishment process consistent with meeting a young persons’ developmental needs in a manner that achieves normalised eating behaviours that can be self-sustained


Harriet Parsons, Training and Development Manager, Bodywhys.

Harriet Parsons. MA, MSc., Reg. Pract. APPI, ICP. Training and Development manager, Bodywhys.

Harriet Parsons is a fully accredited psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She holds an MSc. in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Psychotherapy / UCD, an MA in Addiction Studies from DBS, and a BA (psychology) from DBS.

Harriet joined BODYWHYS: The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland in 2005, and has worked with the organisation ever since. Currently Harriet is the Training and Development Manager, working to provide the support component by Bodywhys to the HSE National Clinical Programme for Eating Disorders. In addition to this, Harriet gives frequent training to many professional groups, GPs, psychiatrists, youth workers, foster carers, social care workers and others. Harriet also regularly lectures at 3rd level on the subject of eating disorders in UCD, TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Harriet is a member of the Irish Council of Psychotherapy (ICP), and is a registered practitioner with APPI (The Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland). She is a member of the Editorial board of the APPI journal Lacunae.

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