By Lisa Dawson
RECOVERY PLENARY: THE CRESCENDO OF HELP
Louise McKenzie; person in recovery
David Homewood; father of an adolescent
Lisa Dawson; researcher/clinician, & University of Sydney
Chair: Colleen Alford, The Children’s Hospital Westmead
1. Recovery is Truly Possible
By Sarah Louise McKenzie; person in recovery
Sarah-Louise McKenzie will testify to this reality as she shares her personal journey from illness to wellness in recovering from a 19 year-long battle with eating disorders. Insights from her journey, along with the identification of that which contributed to her recovery process will be shared. Furthermore, this session highlights the value of patients being co-collaborators in their diagnoses, treatment and recovery, whilst identifying some of the attributes of effective clinicians. Her aim is to encourage attendees, fostering hope and a renewed enthusiasm for their ongoing work in the field of eating disorders.
Sarah-Louise McKenzie is passionate about the development of resources and services to support those recovering from disordered eating. She is the author of ‘Meal Support’; the ‘Recovery Resources Package’; the founder of www.recoveryresources.com.au; provides meal support training workshops; and is heavily involved in consumer advocacy. After collecting an assortment of diagnoses (AN, EDNOS, PTSD, DID, and BPD), Sarah is now leading a full life with her husband, has a son on the way (due in July), and in her spare time enjoys playing netball and engaging with her local church and deaf communities.
2. A personal exploration and description of recovery from the perspectice of a father
By David Homewood; father of an adolescent
3. Recover, Research & Practice
By Lisa Dawson
Recovery from anorexia nervosa (AN) remains poorly understood. While recovery can be simply understood as being well again, what this means, in essence, is much more complicated. In the field of eating disorders defining this term, clearly identifying the point of recovery, and knowing what leads to successful recovery remain challenges for researchers and clinicians. This presentation will review how recovery from AN has been defined and conceptualised from the perspectives of both researchers/clinicians and consumers. The clinical and theoretical implications relating to how recovery is defined and conceptualised will be discussed, including a review of how medical and recovery models might be applied to AN.
Presenter Profile: Lisa Dawson is a clinical psychologist who specialises in eating disorders. She completed her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology and PhD at the University of Sydney. Her PhD examined recovery from anorexia nervosa. Lisa currently works at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead as a clinical psychologist on the Intensive Family and Adolescent Eating Disorder Day Program for young people with anorexia nervosa and their families. She is an Honorary Associate of the University of Sydney and has lectured there on eating disorders and adolescent mental health issues.