Schedule


(All times listed below are in local TAS time zone – AEDT)

Scroll down to see further details on each of the below listed workshops.

Keynote Address
9.05am – 10.05am:
From Disordered to Recovered: A view from the dual perspective of both client and clinician of the evolution of the eating disorder field by Carolyn Costin

Carolyn Costin brings over 50 years of experience, first as a sufferer and then as a leading eating disorder clinician, clinical director, speaker and author. Carolyn will give an overview of her experience recovering from an eating disorder and then becoming an eating disorder professional as it paralleled the emerging and evolving eating disorder field. Coming from her position as both a person with lived experience and an eating disorder professional Carolyn will trace a bit of history in the field and discuss important implications of how an eating disorder is defined, i.e., brain disease, addiction, genetic vulnerability, and how recovery is accomplished and determined. The nuanced need for both evidenced based treatments and clinical wisdom will be sprinkled throughout as Carolyn shares how both research and experience inform practice.

Historically significant markers in the eating disorder field will be highlighted such as books, research, organizations, and even the DSM as participants get an engaging presentation viewing things through the lens of both client and clinician. 

Carolyn was the first recovered professional to give a presentation at an international eating disorder conference over 40 years ago when she stated that people can be Recovered from these illnesses. Among many other things she will present an overview of how the eating disorder field has evolved in terms of the understanding, perception, acceptance and use of those with lived experience. Carolyn will share details regarding the need for the training, supervision and certification of recovered eating disorder coaches to serve as adjuncts to professional treatment providers.

Presenter:
Carolyn Costin is a world renowned, highly sought-after eating disorder clinician, author, and international speaker. Recovered from anorexia in her twenties, as a young therapist Carolyn recognized her calling after successfully treating her first eating disorder client. Carolyn was first to publicly take the position that people with eating disorders can become fully recovered. She is a pioneer in the field, promoting the value of appropriately training and utilizing recovered individuals as an adjunct to overall support and care. After 15 years in private practice and running hospital programs, Carolyn was determined to improve the eating disorder relapse rate and recognized a gap in the eating disorder field. She opened Monte Nido, the first residential facility, located in a home setting, surrounded by nature, where standard treatment was combined with meditation and yoga. For the first time clients with eating disorders were provided a setting where they could make the necessary behavior changes to ensure full recovery upon discharge, e.g., the ability to shop for, prepare and cook food. 

MORNING WORKSHOP I
10.30am – 1.30pm:
Anorexia Nervosa – Conversational Model, Short-term Focussed Psychodynamic Psychotherapy by Joan Haliburn

Workshop Overview: Focussed Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is derived from the Conversational Model (Russell Meares) which has been practiced since 1987, is evidence based, relational and works on the premise that Self is born in relationship & early attachment relationships determine later relationships.

Anorexia Nervosa is not simply “about food and the pursuit of thinness, but an impaired capacity for reflective awareness of how one’s self-perception is influenced by others, namely body-image disturbance”. Impoverished emotionally, disabled by disturbing ruminations, preoccupied with guilt about eating food and taking care of Self, the individual with Anorexia suffers with a complex, multifactorial and multidimensional disorder with alarming and continuing morbidity and mortality. The health needs of these patients must always be a priority, however their emotional lives, family dynamics and co-morbid conditions must also be addressed. Without this, the risk of a revolving -door scenario is created with ensuing chronicity.

The aim of dynamic psychotherapy is to increase reflective awareness, in an active, focussed, initial 8 bi-weekly sessions, to develop a safe therapeutic relationship, followed by weekly sessions to the end of 6 months. The development of Insight alone is not enough, as Insight is cognitive and to do with intellect, and these individuals are already prone to intellectualization as coping mechanisms. The model is a phasic one, divided arbitrarily into an initial, middle and end phase, with focus on forming a safe therapeutic relationship, assessment including that of co-morbidity, a psychodynamic formulation, and arrival at clear goals, followed by processing and changing coping mechanisms, relationship dynamics, facilitating affect expression and then ending, taking note of any separation anxiety which may have become evident.

Presenter:
Joan Haliburn is currently in private practice in Sydney, a faculty member, Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy Training Program, and co-ordinator Short-term psychodynamic Psychotherapy training University of Sydney at Westmead Hospital. She assesses and reviews patients with eating disorders, and supervises clinicians involved in E.D. programs in the Inner West, Sydney. She started out as a physician (1979-1982) in the inpatient adolescent eating disorders unit, which was the first E.D. unit in Australia, trained in psychiatry and then family therapy and maintained an interest in eating disorders among others. She published Short Term Dynamic Interpersonal Psychotherapy (Karnac, U.K.) in 2019.

MORNING WORKSHOP II
10.30am – 1.30pm Through the wilderness – navigating ED in systems of oppression by Jo Money & Christie Bennett

Workshop Overview: “I am a fat woman so dominant obesity discourse cuts deep, reminding me that my body is seen as a problem and a source of panic” (1). This is a common and pervasive reflection that has been prominent in the lived experience voices the team have worked with. It raises the question, how does someone with an eating disorder living in a larger body recover in a society that does not support their body?

This workshop aims to:

  1. Identify factors of systemic and societal oppression impacting eating disorder development and care.
  2. Develop strategies to work within systems with oppression to work with people through eating disorder treatment.
  3. Develop relationships and strategies to support advocacy to change systems of oppression.

This workshop is aimed to explore the lived experience and explore your influence within these systems to create change.

Ref: 1. Russell, C. (2020). Fat pedagogy and the disruption of weight-based oppression: Toward the flourishing of all bodies. In S. Steinberg & B. Down (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Critical Pedagogies (pp. 1516-1531). Sage.

Presenters:
Josephine is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician (CEDC), Founder and director of Eat Love Live and co-Founder of Eat Love Live Education. Jo has over 20 years experience, in the Eating disorders field, providing client centered, individual, social justice informed nutrition counseling. Jo is passionate to provide ongoing support and education to health practitioners that amplifies the voice of lived experince and marries it wiht clinical wisdom and the evidence base.

Christie is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician at Eat Love Live and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food at Monash University. Since completing her PhD she has worked towards marrying her clinical and research interests. She is continuing to conduct research into the experiences of people with eating disorders. Christie has been investigating the role nutrition and dietetics pedagogy have on disordered eating in students. She works to privilege lived experience, acknowledging the wisdom and strength of those who live with chronic conditions such as eating disorders.

FULL DAY: WORKSHOP III
10.30am – 6.00pm Neuroscience Based Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa by Roger Mysliwiec

Workshop Overview: Eating disorder treatment in general and anorexia treatment in particular, remain challenging. Neuroscience can provide us with an understanding of the underpinning maintaining mechanisms of eating disorders and of the underpinning principles of learning and change. Such understanding can provide useful guidance to inform treatment decision making for clients and their families and application to treatment for the clinician. The workshop will include a brief introduction of the neurobiology of the brain and the application of general neuroscientific principles of learning to the facilitation of therapeutic change. It will explore the effects of eating disorder behaviour and malnutrition on the brain and will highlight the effects of illness duration on neuroprogression and habit formation and the resulting urgency for early and effective intervention. We will explore the neurobiological maintaining mechanisms of anorexia nervosa and fundamental principles of how to address these.
The workshop will also explore how these neuroscientific principles can be applied in a practical way to the provision of the current evidence best practice treatments like FBT, CBT-E and MANTRA. The workshop will have interactive components and will allow for ample time of discussion. Participants are encouraged to bring cases for discussion in small groups. The workshop is primarily suitable for clinicians familiar with the specialist eating disorder therapies. Some experience in clinical neuroscience will be helpful but is not essential.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of the current understanding of the neurobiological underpinnings of anorexia nervosa.
  • Develop an ability to communicate the most important neuroscientific findings about eating disorders and their implications to clients and their carers.
  • Develop an understanding of underpinning neuroscientific principles therapeutic change.
  • Develop an understanding of applying neuroscience findings and principles to the treatment of eating disorders.

Presenter:
Roger trained and qualified in Germany as specialist in Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy. He is co-director of the specialist outpatient New Zealand Eating Disorders Clinic (NZEDC). Roger has over 30 years of experience working with eating disorders and is considered one of Australasia’s leading experts in that area. Roger has for many years had a strong interest to integrate findings of neuroscience into treatment and has published on this topic. He is past President and accredited Clinical Supervisor of the International Association of Applied Neuroscience (IAAN). He provides supervision and workshops in Eating Disorders and Applied Clinical Neuroscience in Australasia.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP I
2.30pm – 6.00pm
Stop the rehearsal! How to re-compose cognitive and self-themes within behavioural treatment of OCD by Lisa Storchheim

Workshop Overview: A major role of Exposure with Response Prevention (E/RP) treatment for OCD is to interrupt the compulsive rehearsal of obsessions and underlying belief layers, such as dysfunctional general beliefs and problematic self-themes. This practical workshop will focus on using E/RP to stop this rehearsal and to re-compose cognitive and self-theme layers of OCD, in context of a conceptual framework integrating the research literature on OCD. Most profoundly, compulsions maintain an illusion of personal control, ultimately at expense to stability in control and sense of self. This workshop will illuminate possible attachment and/or trauma dynamics setting off this tenuous process, and explain how compulsions rehearse and maintain resultant self-ambivalence. Case examples will be dissected, and participants will become attuned to treatment opportunities and traps. Given that this workshop is for participants wanting to understand and treat OCD in a comorbid OCD/eating disorder context, time will be woven throughout the workshop to provide opportunity for participants to note and discuss their own observations of similarities and differences in the cognitive underpinnings of OCD and eating disorders, as well as how one might prioritize and integrate treatment goals.

Presenter:
Dr Lisa Storchheim is a Clinical Psychologist with 27 years experience. For several years she combined this with bassoon playing in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Currently her work life is fully clinical psychology. Lisa’s research on the interrelationships of beliefs and behaviours across the OCD treatment process demonstrated the power of behavioural work to shift dysfunctional beliefs and internal working models. Thus, she often emphasizes attachment dynamics. Lisa has presented workshops on treating OCD in Australia, in Berlin for the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation, and in California for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP II

2.30pm – 6.00pm Navigating Difficult Terrain as a Dietitian: Bringing Your Work to Life in Supervision by Fiona Sutherland

Workshop Overview: Supervision, when underpinned by safety and connection, is a powerful relationship in which learning and growth can be supercharged. Equally, previous experiences of ruptures or even trauma in learning spaces and supervision can impact our capacity to engage in supervision practice from a place of safety. For supervision to be meaningful and growth-fostering, developing skills in reflecting on practice through repeated action in supervision partnerships can be boosted by what happens in supervision (safety, the relationship), between supervision (life!), and preparing well for supervision.

In this workshop, suitable for supervisees and supervisors at all career stages, attendees will be invited to explore and learn how to bring our best to supervision through a range of reflective and experiential activities designed to enhance insight and skills which can be brought into Dietetic Supervision.

All participants will leave with a copy of the 2024 Reflective Practice Journal for Dietitians

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify key personal learning experiences which may impact our capacity to engage in supervision.
  2. Build skills in reflecting well and preparing for supervision, anchored in curiosity and courage.
  3. Explore ways to use to a reflective practice journal (provided to all attendees) to bolster learning and growth

Presenter:
Fiona Sutherland is Director of The Mindful Dietitian, practising for over 20 years as a specialist in the areas of eating disorders, body image and sports & performance nutrition. Fiona is a committed Health At Every Size ® and Non Diet Dietitian, spending most of her working week supervising other Dietitians, or facilitating live and online training events for Dietitians and health professionals. Fiona has been a general member of ANZAED Exec since 2017 and was the ANZAED Conference Co-Convenor in 2018. Fiona is host of the Podcast “The Mindful Dietitian” and a Sports Dietitian, consulting at The Australian Ballet School and national sporting organisations. She also teaches across Dietetic training programs in Melbourne in Counselling Skills and Weight Inclusive Approaches in Dietetics. Fiona is a committed mindfulness practitioner and Yoga Teacher, bringing a particular emphasis on embodiment, mindful eating, trauma-informed approaches and body image into her work and training.

6.30pm onwards – Cocktail Reception at The Waterline Brooke Street Pier, 12 Franklin Wharf, Hobart, TAS, Australia, Tasmania.

The cocktail function will be held immediately following the day’s program. The venue is only a short walk from Hotel Grand Chancellor.

Tickets for the cocktail function can be purchased during the registration process. Delegates can also purchase tickets for their partners/guests.
Ticket cost includes canapes and 2 drink tickets. Delegates are able to purchase more drinks from a cash bar.

AWS Delegate Ticket Cost: A$25; Partner/Guest Ticket Cost: A$65
Dress Code: Smart Casual

MORNING WORKSHOP I
8.30am – 12.00pm
Moving through the wilderness of eating disorder and personality, navigating with DBT: Insights offered by a person with lived experience and a clinician by Renée Valentino & Chloe

Workshop Overview: More than half of the people living with borderline personality disorder also have an eating disorder. This combination presents challenges to the person attempting to ‘do life’ and the clinicians providing interventions to ‘support life’. People with these conditions may experience intense and quickly changing emotions, difficulties with their sense of self, challenges in relationships with others, they can act impulsively, they may sometimes dissociate, or may engage in self-harming behaviours. Their lives are often full of intense levels of distress. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a model of therapy developed initially for people with borderline personality disorder and has since been adapted for people with eating disorders. It has been extensively researched, and offers effective, practical and powerful skills to help people who experience emotional distress. During this collaborative and reflective workshop, a person with lived experience and a clinician will have a conversation which will wander down many paths as they share what they have learned about personality disorders and eating disorders to navigate the risks, the challenges, the wins, the failures, the hopes and dreams, and the realities – using DBT as the compass in their attempts to navigate this difficult terrain.

The conversation will include reflecting on the following questions:

  • What has helped?
  • What has made things worse?
  • What do mental health clinicians need to know?
  • What do people with lived experience need to know?
  • What do families need to understand?
  • How can we collabora te better to keep someone in their life when their challenges make living life so hard?

In addition to the conversation, the presenters will discuss the four main modules of DBT and how they relate to eating disorder treatment:

  1. Mindfulness skills: becoming aware of thoughts and feelings in the present moment, observing them non-judgementally without acting, noticing disordered thought patterns without putting them into action.
  2. Distress Tolerance skills: learning new ways of coping with distress instead of engaging in self-harming or eating disorder behaviours.
  3. Emotion Regulation: learning ways of coping with core emotions such as anger, fear, and sadness in healthy ways instead of turning towards disordered eating behaviours.
  4. Interpersonal effectiveness: learning how to communicate needs and build healthier relationships with others.

Presenters:
Renée Valentino has been working with young people with personality vulnerabilities and eating disorders for the past 10 years within the community CAMHS setting, in high schools and in private practice. Renée’s work with young people with eating disorders is grounded in the fundamentals of Family Based Treatment for eating disorders, which is enhanced with DBT informed therapy to support people to manage distress. Renée facilitates DBT groups in high schools and is running a pilot program to upskill other school psychologists in DBT informed practice. Renée is currently working towards becoming a nationally accredited DBT practitioner.

Chloe MacDonald is a young woman who was diagnosed with depression and anxiety at 12 years old, Borderline Personality Disorder at 14 years old, then PTSD and hospitalised for eating disorder at age 15. My Borderline is so routine for me as would eating breakfast be for you. Even though my Borderline is so routine it doesn’t lessen my suffering or the intensity of my pain. Chloe is studying childcare at College, has a part time job, lives independently (paying her own rent!!) and is dreaming about having a dog. Chloe is very good at expressing emotions and suffering through words and poetry. Poetry is a way of getting my pain out on paper. Now days it’s my stubbornness that keeps me alive. Chloes says she is too self-aware for her own good. Chloe has an amazing capacity to reflect on the parts of life she can remember and has always been able to articulate herself to people she feels comfortable with. Chloe has participated in the DBT group at CAMHS with her mum, and is doing DBT informed individual therapy. Chloe is generously sharing her expertise from her lived experience at this conference because she believes in making a difference and advocating for other young people in distress.

MORNING WORKSHOP II
8.30am – 12.00pm:
PART 1: Journeying Together: Tailoring Eating Disorders Care for Neurodivergent Clients & their Families by Amy Talbot & Anna Rose.
The morning session will focus on restrictive eating patterns including Anorexia Nervosa, ARFID and feeding differences across the lifespan.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP II
1:00pm – 4:30pm: PART 2: Journeying Together: Tailoring Eating Disorders Care for Neurodivergent Clients & their Families by Amy Talbot & Anna Rose.
The afternoon session will focus on overeating patterns including Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and loss of control over eating across the lifespan.

These workshops can be attended as Morning only, Afternoon only or Morning plus Afternoon.

As awareness grows regarding the intersection between neurodivergence and eating disorders, healthcare practitioners are faced with the imperative to adapt and refine treatment strategies to improve client experience of treatment, as well as treatment outcomes. But what principles should be applied when deciding which treatment model to use and what adaptations from evidence-based interventions are appropriate and likely to be beneficial?

These workshops build on the Cobbaert & Rose (2023) position paper: Eating Disorders and Neurodivergence: A Stepped Care Approach, to assist participants to build formulation driven, person-centred treatment plans based on the foundational principles of eating disorders care for neurodivergent clients (with a particular focus on Autism and ADHD). Participants will have the opportunity to apply decision making frameworks around treatment selection and adaptation to sample case scenarios and for clients they have seen in their own clinical practice.

The workshops are suitable for practitioners of all disciplines and will utilise an interdisciplinary approach to case formulation.

Presenters:
Dr Amy Talbot (she/her) is the director, founder and senior clinical psychologist at The Talbot Centre, a leading centre of excellence and innovation in healthcare in Sydney’s Northwest. In 2018 she was awarded Australian Psychologist of the Year at the inaugural Australian Allied Health Awards. Dr Talbot provides clinical consultation, supervision and training to clinicians Australia wide who work with patients and families affected by eating and feeding disorders, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive and related disorders. With over a decade of research and clinical proficiency, Dr Talbot has disseminated knowledge through published articles, captivating keynotes, and impactful workshops, elevating the understanding and treatment of eating and feeding disorders across the lifespan. She has a special interest in formulation driven, client-centred intervention for neurodivergent individuals with eating and feeding differences or concerns.  

Anna Rose (they/them) is a proud neurodivergent, queer Accredited Practising Dietitian and Credentialled Eating Disorder Clinician with lived experience of a restrictive eating disorder and parenting neurodivergent children. Anna’s clinical dietetic experience largely centred on supporting neurodivergent children and adolescents, and their families, who were experiencing feeding and eating disturbances and disorders. Anna is currently undertaking a PhD at Bond University where they are exploring the impact of neuronormative feeding and eating interventions on neurodivergent children and families. In their roles of Senior Teaching Fellow at Bond University and Deputy Chair of Eating Disorders Neurodiversity Australia (EDNA), Anna also enjoys contributing to the clinical knowledge and skills of of current and future health care professionals (especially when they get to share their special interest in neurodiversity affirming feeding and eating disorder care!). Anna also loves dancing all night long, singing badly, laughing, reading, and spending time with her two small humans.

FULL DAY: WORKSHOP III
8.30am – 4:30pm Treating eating disorders in adolescence using the common factors present in the evidence-based therapies for eating disorders in adolescence by Chris Basten

Workshop Overview:
This workshop highlights the common factors or ‘active ingredients’ in all the major psychological therapies for eating disorders (EDs) in adolescence.  These treatments include adolescent-focused therapy, family-based therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy. An analysis of these three models suggests that therapy for EDs in adolescence ultimately helps the young person to meet their emotional needs in health ways, while concurrently ensuring adequate nutrition. In this workshop, participants will learn and have practice exercises in:

  1. how to undertake an assessment of the young person’s emotional needs so that the therapy can be tailored by meeting those needs in healthy ways;
  2. incorporating the needs-analysis in an individual case formulation;
  3. decision-making about what intervention is necessary for adequate food intake;
  4. how to communicate the rationale for the two overlapping arms of the intervention – meeting emotional needs and normalising eating and weight; and
  5. decision-making around how and when to involve family members.

Presenter:
Chris Basten is a Clinical Psychologist with particular interests in eating disorders and health psychology. He received his bachelor’s degree at UNSW and master’s in clinical psychology at the University of Sydney. He worked for several years at Westmead Hospital in the eating disorders unit and within consultation-liaison psychiatry team of the same hospital. Since then, he has focused on his own practice and training psychologists and other health professionals. He has curriculum liaison roles with Macquarie University and the University of Technology Sydney. Chris has presented some of his research at conferences and has published one book chapter and several peer review articles. His book, The Art of CBT, is popular with universities and their graduates.

FULL DAY WORKSHOP: Saturday  March 9, 8.30am – 4:30pm

Practical upskilling for GPs to continue navigating through the difficult terrain for Eating Disorder care

by Drs Susan Barnett, Karen Spielman, Michelle Williams &  Kristina McDonnell.

Workshop Overview: This day aims to provide practical resources, skills and guidance for all Gps who are providing care for patients with eating disorders.   The day will cover those difficult scenarios that Gps face on a regular basis when providiing care for patients with eating disorders.  We expect that participants will leave the day with increased knowledge and also the confidence that their whole person General Practice care is a perfect fit for the longititudinal care of all of our patients who have suffered eating disorders.

Learning Objectives: At end of this session GPs will be able to:

  1. Discuss new resources becoming available to Gps to provide evidence General Practice care to all patients suffering from Eating Disorders
  2. Recognise patterns in General practice that warrant further assessment for possible underlying Eating Disorders.
  3. Apply specialised skills in a General Practice setting when a patient is unable to be admitted to hospital even though they fit admission criteria.

Presenters:
Dr Susan BarnettSusan Barnett is a GP Psychotherapist and Medical Educator. She was awarded FRACGP 2003, FPS 2014 and ANZAED credentialling and FASPM in 2022. In 2021 she set up in solo practice to focus purely on providing psychological care. She provides care for many patients and their families suffering from eating disorders and often as part of a multidisciplinary team. She is trained in CBTe, FBT, EMDR, ACT and CFT. Susan is a medical educator for EVGPT (Victorian GP training consortium), Black Dog Institue and Australian Society of Psychological Medicine (ASPM). She is currently the Education Chair for ASPM and Vice President. She is on the GP advisory group for the Inside out Gp clinical decision tool kit. She is also going to be the GP Representative on a joint EDV and NEDC panel for the newly released guidelines on people with higher weight in September 2022. She is a Gp facilitator for RACGP in providing peer group learning on family violence as well as a Mentor for GPMHSC.

Karen Spielman practices person-centred psychologically-informed medicine and works part time in general practice alongside this specialist practice. She is interested in chronic complex medical conditions including eating disorders and has expertise in mental health, youth health and trauma-informed care. Above all she values collaborating with like-minded psychologists and other health practitioners as she understands that the more the team communicates and is on the same page, the better the care and outcome is for the patient/consumer. As far as Eating Disorders go, she believes that they are an example of a situation where the mind and body are equally important and interconnected and that the provision of respectful, informed, collaborative medical care is vital in treatment and recovery.

Michelle Williams is a Staff Specialist Paediatrician at the Royal Hobart Hospital. Like most regional paediatricians she does a bit of everything. She started the Paediatric and Adolescent Eating Disorder Service and sees a lot of adolescents. That has led to a lot of adolescent health and mental health joint clinics with the CAMHS teams.

 

Kristina McDonnell is a General Physician and Endocrinologist working for the Tasmanian Health Service and Tasmanian Eating Disorder Service. She has a special interest in adults with eating disorders and providing holistic person-centred care.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP I
1.00pm – 4.30pm
Updates in the field of eating disorders and exercise: Supporting your clients to address maladaptive movement and develop a healthful relationship with exercise by Marita Cooper & Danika Quesnal

Workshop Overview: Physical activity, although traditionally excluded from eating disorder treatment, is increasingly being recognised by as an important component of eating disorder treatment. Akin to eating behavior, the normalization of exercise behavior is a critical component both for clients engaging in rigid/compulsive exercise and those who may avoid exercise altogether. The Safe Exercise at Every Stage guideline is an evidence-based clinical decision-making tool developed to support clinicians in the management of maladaptive movement during eating disorder treatment.

Maladaptive movement refers to physical activity engagement that is rigid, compulsive, motivated by shape and weight control or used to regulate affect. Often engagement in this type of activity is detrimental to psychosocial functioning and becomes distressing. Despite the research advances, clinicians continue to voice a lack of knowledge and need for training in managing maladaptive movement with their clients. Thus, the aim of this workshop is twofold. First, we will provide a clinical training aimed at enhancing clinician confidence in managing maladaptive movement. Secondly, we will provide an update on research, and present updated edition of the SEES Guideline. The workshop will consist of a didactic portion which will present research advancements followed by cases studies, in youth populations, adult populations and athletes.

The main learnings objectives are:

  1. Outline recent advances in the assessment and treatment of maladaptive movement in the eating disorders field.
  2. Describe implementation of the latest recommendations from the Safe Exercise at Every Stage guideline to determine safe levels of movement.
  3. Demonstrate techniques for working with clients to improve their relationship with movement.

Presenters:

Marita Cooper is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Eating Disorders Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She received her Ph.D. from Australian National University where her dissertation examined muscle dysmorphia and muscularity-oriented body change behaviours. Marita was an Eating Disorders Clinical Research Summer Fellow at Harvard University and recently completed a postdoctoral clinical and research fellowship with Johns Hopkins Medicine. Clinically, Marita completed training in clinical psychology and has worked with clients across the lifespan in both private practice and hospital settings. Marita has also presented research on both muscularity-oriented eating and exercise in eating disorders at conferences for both the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders.

Danika Quesnel – As Ontario Women’s Health Scholar, Danika merges her background in Health Promotion and Personal Training with Clinical Psychology to foster health in both the mind and body. She completed her Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies between Health Sciences and Psychology at the University of British Columbia, in which her research focused on the role of exercise in the treatment of eating disorders. Danika is currently undertaking her graduate studies in Clinical Psychology at Western University in London, Canada. Danika has published on a range of health topics related to exercise and eating disorders, perfectionism, body image, problematic internet use and respiratory disease management while serving as an ad hoc reviewer. Danika has presented as a guest speaker at international conferences as well as achieved national recognition for her contributions to the field of exercise and eating disorder.

One of a range of workshops comprising ANZAED’s Autumn Workshop Series

9.00am – 4.30pm Maudsley Model of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults (MANTRA) Workshop

Workshop Overview: This two-day introductory workshop examines the model underpinning the Maudsley Model of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults (MANTRA), and the evidence supporting this approach. The tasks of the initial phase of treatment will be described, considering approaches to getting the best start to therapy. Early- to mid-treatment tasks of developing a formulation and treatment plan will be described. On the second day, the modules of Emotional and Social Mind, Identity and Thinking Style will be described, along with a session on relapse prevention and integrating this approach into teams. Throughout the workshop there will individual and small group exercises to embed learning.

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn: (1) key strategies for the initial phase of MANTRA; (2) to develop a collaborative MANTRA case conceptualization; (3) how to involve close others in treatment; (4) how to work with core maintaining factors such as emotional avoidance and cognitive inflexibility in AN; (5) how to modify work in the face of complexity and lack of progress.
Key Reading: Schmidt U, Wade TD, Treasure J. (2014). The Maudsley Model of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults (MANTRA): Development, Key Features and Preliminary Evidence. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 28, 48-71.
Other useful readings: Solmi, M., Wade, T. D., Byrne, S., Del Giovane, C., Fairburn, C. G., Ostinelli, E. G., De Crescenzo, F., Johnson, C., Schmidt, U., Treasure, J., Favaro, A., Zipfel, S., & Cipriani, A. (2021). Comparative efficacy and acceptability of psychological interventions for the treatment of adult outpatients with anorexia nervosa: a systematic review and network meta-analysis. The Lancet Psychiatry8(3), 215–224. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(20)30566-6

Vitousek, K., Watson, S., & Wilson, G. T. (1998). Enhancing motivation for change in treatment-resistant eating disorders. Clinical psychology review18(4), 391–420. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0272-7358(98)00012-9

Presenter:
Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor Tracey Wade
has worked as a clinician in the area of eating disorders for 30 years and her current research interests are in the aetiology, prevention and treatment of eating disorders. She was awarded the Australian Psychological Society (APS) Early Career Award in 2003. In 2015 she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. In 2016 she was made an Inaugural Honorary Fellow of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy. In 2017-18 she was the president of the Eating Disorder Research Society. In 2019 she was appointed Fellow of the APS and was a recipient of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders Distinguished Achievement Award, and in 2020 she was the recipient of the Academy of Eating Disorders Outstanding Clinician Award. She is currently an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Eating Disorders. She is the director of the Flinders University Services for Eating Disorders (FUSED) and conducts research in a range of clinical settings. She has cowritten 3 books and has over 250 publications in peer reviewed journals.