By Tracey Wade, School of Psychology, Flinders University
Webinar recorded Monday 5 December, 2016
(Chair Kim Hurst)
This webinar addresses ways in which to write therapeutic case formulations for anorexia nervosa (AN) in a letter. This work is informed by recent research by Allen and colleagues1 that examined 46 outpatients with AN who received Maudsley Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults (MANTRA). A Case Formulation Rating Scheme was used to rate letters for adherence to the MANTRA model and use of a collaborative, reflective, affirming stance. Formulation letters that paid attention to the development of the AN predicted greater treatment acceptability ratings (p=.002). More reflective and respectful letters predicted greater reductions in Eating Disorder Examination scores (p=.003). In the webinar Professor Wade will discuss this research, the rating scheme, the construction of helpful written case formulations, and examples of letters used in the treatment of AN.
1 Allen K, O’Hara CB, Bartholdy S, Renwicj B, Keyes A, Lose A, Kenyon M, DeJong H, Broadbent H, Loomes R, McClelland J, Serpell L, Richards L, Johnson-Sabine E, Boughton N, Whitehead L, Treasure J, Wade TD, Schmidt U. (in press, 13.4.16). Written case formulations in the treatment of anorexia nervosa: Evidence for therapeutic benefits. International Journal of Eating Disorders. doi: 10.1002/eat.22561
Tracey Wade was awarded the Ian M Campbell memorial prize for outstanding contribution to the scientific or professional status of Clinical Psychology in Australia in 2000 and in 2003 she was awarded the Australian Psychological Society Early Career Award. She has worked as a clinician in the area of eating disorders for almost 30 years. She is on the Management Committee responsible for the oversight and development of the new Statewide Eating Disorders Service in South Australia and is a member of the Steering Committee of the National Eating Disorder Collaboration. Her current research interests are in the aetiology (including genetic epidemiology), prevention and treatment of eating disorders and perfectionism. She has co-written 2 books on the treatment of perfectionism and has 160 publications in peer reviewed journals. In 2015 she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.