ANZAED 2024 Virtual Workshop: Family Based Therapy for Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa
2 Day Intensive Workshop by Andrew Wallis

Family Based Therapy (FBT) is an evidence-based eating disorder specific outpatient treatment first developed at the Maudsley Hospital in London in the 1980’s with further development in the USA (Stanford and Chicago) in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. A treatment manual was published in 2002 enabling FBT to be disseminated outside of these development sites. FBT is the current recommended first line treatment for adolescents with AN and first became available in Australia in 2003 at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead.

FBT integrates concepts from a number of family therapy models in a developmentally sensitive framework and holds the basic premise that parents are the best resource to help their child recover from anorexia nervosa. The treatment is organised around three treatment phases across 12 months. FBT commences with a focus on parental leadership of the young person’s nutritional recovery and finishes with a focus on adolescent issues. The treatment is suitable for adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa with a short course of illness.

Friday 16 February & Saturday 17 February 2024
9.30am – 5.00pm (on both days)

Registration Fee – $480 Members; $550 Non-Members
(for 2 days including refreshments and lunch)

Registrations closed, we have reached max capacity for this workshop.

It is expected that clinicians attending will have:

  • Professional training and skills in child and adolescent mental health care.
  • Knowledge and experience with adolescent eating disorders.
  • Previous experience working with families is an advantage

Workshop Content: The aim of this workshop is to provide intensive practical training in the application of this model including:

  • Theoretical background, framework and the role of the multidisciplinary team
  • Detailed description of treatment phases, key sessions and the therapeutic process
  • Discussion of clinical issues and processes to enable successful implementation
  • Video demonstration to help develop participants micro skill development

Day 1 and 2 will cover all aspects of the model.

At the completion of the workshop participants will have a good working knowledge of the model and will be able to consider using FBT in their clinical setting.

Speaker: Dr Andrew Wallis is a Clinical Social Worker and Systemic Family Therapist. He has been working with adolescents and their families for more than 30 years. In 2003 with colleagues at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead, he established the first Family-Based Treatment program in Australia, Multiple Family therapy for Anorexia Nervosa in 2014 and established the first Australian tertiary day program for adolescents in 2013. He has been providing training, consultation and supervision in Australia and New Zealand since 2007, helping to support public and private services to implement family therapy approaches to adolescent problems. Andrew has also been involved in family therapy research with more than 25 per reviewed papers and book chapters including his PhD research on the impact of Family Based Therapy on family relationships during treatment. Andrew has authored a number of books with colleagues – A Practical Guide to Family Therapy published in 2011 and Multiple Family Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa and Help Your Child Start to Recover from Anorexia Nervosa in 2021. He is currently Sydney Children’s Hospital Network Eating Disorder Service Lead at – a tertiary service in Sydney, Australia.