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Increasing our Understanding and Support of Parents with a Child Experiencing an Eating Disorder

Presenter: Dr Simon Wilksch

Date: Thursday 19 October 2023
Time: 1.00pm AEDT (1-hour duration)
3pm New Zealand; 1pm NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS, QLD 12:30pm SA, 11:30am NT; 11am WA
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Webinar Overview: Parents are critical to their child’s recovery from an eating disorder (ED). However, the parent role extends beyond the active treatment phase to also include: first identifying signs of their child’s ED; initial help seeking; pursuing referral to treatment services; and, navigating physical and psychological health challenges in their child.  This webinar will discuss findings from a large Australia-wide survey (N=439) that was open to parents who had a child (<18 years) experience an ED within the last 3 years.  Investigating areas such as parent experiences in accessing care and treatment for their child, as well as impacts on parent physical and psychological health, romantic relationship, finances, and employment provides important insights to: how parents function during their child’s illness; gaps in ED health care; and, opportunities for improving service provision, including developing supports for parents. The survey findings inform recommendations for: increased focus on supporting initial symptom detection; improving primary care and treatment experiences; and increasing the number of ED treatment providers.  Further, there is an urgent need for solutions to the overwhelming demand for services and clearly, more support for parents. Parents are the greatest resource we have in helping young people with an ED. We must listen to their experiences, work together, and do more to support them.  This is critical to reducing the overall burden of eating disorders.

Note: this research is the subject of a Forum paper and special section on Improving Supports for Parents of a Child with an Eating Disorder piece in the international Journal of Eating Disorders

Dr Simon Wilksch is a clinician and researcher in eating disorders.  Simon is a Clinic Director and psychologist (clinical) at Advanced Psychology Services, a private practice providing eating disorder treatment to people of all ages and their families.  Simon is also a Senior Research Fellow in Psychology at Flinders University (Full Academic Status).  His research interests span risk factors, prevention, early intervention, and improving treatment experiences and outcomes for patients and their families.  He developed Media Smart for schools to reduce eating disorder risk and this was adapted to the online I am Media Smart as a targeted program for those with body image concerns.

Can CBT for Eating Disorders Be HAES®-Aligned?

Presenter: Lauren Mulheim

Date: Tuesday 14 November 2023
Time: 12.00pm AEDT (1-hour duration)
2pm New Zealand; 12pm NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS; 11am QLD; 11:30am SA; NT 10:30am; 9am WA Click here to view your local time.

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Webinar Overview: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most common and effective treatment approaches for adults with eating disorders. However, the research supporting CBT did not include people in larger bodies—a population that includes the majority of people with eating disorders. Further, the manuals, as written, contain weight-stigmatizing language and interventions. CBT’s overall conceptual model involves reducing dietary rules and restriction that aligns well with a weight neutral approach to treatment. In this presentation, participant swill learn about adaptations that can be made to CBT to better align this evidence-based treatment with a weight neutral approach using Health At Every Size® (HAES®) principles. This will include modifications to language used in the cognitive model and handouts, shifting the focus on weight, weighing, and self-monitoring, adjusting treatment strategies targeting body image and self-esteem to be appropriate for individuals of any body size, and removing recommendations for “healthy weight loss.

Lauren Mulheim, Psy.D., FAED, CEDS is a psychologist, fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders(AED), and certified eating disorder specialist (CEDS) and approved supervisor for the InternationalAssociation of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). She directs Eating Disorder Therapy LA in LosAngeles.She is certified in FBT for adolescent eating disorders and is the author ofWhen Your Teen Hasan Eating Disorder.Dr. Muhlheimhas heldleadership roles inseveral professional organizationsincluding theAED,IAEDPLA Chapter, and the Los Angeles County Psychological Association. She haspreviously been an IAEDP core course instructor. She provides training on eating disorders to mentalhealth providers internationally.

Using telehealth with CBT -E

Presenter: Stephanie Georgiou

Date: Thursday 7 December 2023
Time: 12.00pm AEDT (1-hour duration)
2pm New Zealand; 12pm NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS; 11am QLD; 11:30am SA; NT 10:30am; 9am WA Click here to view your local time.

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Webinar Overview: Research indicates that adolescent females with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are 3.6 times more likely to develop an Eating Disorder (ED) (Biederman et al., 2010). However, 50-75% of women with ADHD go undiagnosed (Kok et al., 2020). ADHD is an executive functioning disorder which interferes with a person’s ability to remember information, regulate emotions, problem solve and inhibit impulses.

This Webinar will shed light on the link between ADHD and Eating Disorders and how you may recognise this in clients. We will cover how CBT-E can be used in Telehealth for eating disorders and for clients who may present with ADHD.

Stephanie Georgiou, Stephanie is a Registered Psychologist, Board Approved Supervisor, Published Author, Public Speaker and Clinical Psychology Registrar. She works in the area of eating disorders, disordered eating and ADHD in women in the online space. Her experience is extensive as she has worked in private practice, forensic psychology and with adolescents, adults and groups. Her psychological assessment and intervention cover; eating disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Stephanie is also a training facilitator and public speaker and has delivered in the corporate and private sectors. She has created and delivered presentations on; mindfulness in the workplace, psychological first aid, motivational interviewing, trauma and eating disorders.

Stephanie prides herself on being eclectic and selecting a treatment modality that is tailored to the clients needs. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), CBT-E or Eating Disorders, Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and Schema therapy.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in the contemporary treatment of Eating Disorders

Presenter: Phillipa Hay

Date: Friday 19 January 2024
Time: 12.00pm AEDT (1-hour duration)
2pm New Zealand; 12pm NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS; 11am QLD; 11:30am SA; NT 10:30am; 9am WA Click here to view your local time.

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Webinar Overview: It is now well recognised that psychological therapies are the first line in treatment of eating disorders. However, there is no therapy that has been found superior to another in the treatment of anorexia nervosa and limited understanding of which therapies may work best for whom more generally. In this regard, psychodynamic psychological therapy as presented by the ANTOP study group has emerged as an evidence-based treatment for people with anorexia nervosa. This webinar will present an introduction to the key features of therapy in the context of findings from the ANTOP randomised controlled study and the published manual and discuss reflections on its place in the current repertoire of therapy choices in the field.

Reference: Friederich H-C et al. Anorexia Nervosa – Focal Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 2019 Hogrefe.

Professor Phillipa Hay DPhil, FAED, MD, is a leading mental health researcher, educator, and practicing Psychiatrist. Her research has been translational, guided policy and practice and award winning, e.g., in 2015 she received the Lifetime Leadership Award from the ANZ Academy for Eating Disorders, and in 2020 she was awarded the RANZCP Senior Research Award. She laid the foundations for mental health programs in two new medical schools James Cook and Western Sydney. She has published over 400 indexed scientific papers. She has led major Australian epidemiological surveys, been a leading Investigator on all major randomised Australian controlled trials of therapy for adults with anorexia nervosa, as well as others in bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, and has led many Cochrane and other systematic reviews distilling the research evidence.

Co-occurring Eating Disordered Behaviours with Type 1 Diabetes – complex, common, and best managed by collaborative care

Introduction to a new guideline outlining prevalence, consequences, screening,
assessment, and principles of management of T1D and disordered eating across the lifespan.

Presenter: Amanda Lee DAVIS (BSc, Postgrad Dip Nut & Diet, Adv APD, CEDC)

Date: Tuesday 30 January 2024
Time: 12.00pm AEDT (1-hour duration)
2pm New Zealand; 12pm NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS; 11am QLD; 11:30am SA; NT 10:30am; 9am WA Click here to view your local time.

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Webinar Overview: A recently published and broadly endorsed guideline (Statewide (Queensland) Diabetes Clinical Network, Disordered Eating (DE) and Eating Disorders (ED) in Children, Adolescents and Adults with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), Document Number: D5.01-V2-P22-R25. Queensland Health. 2022. Available from: calls for the bi-directional upskilling of, and collaboration between, eating disordered clinicians/teams and diabetes professionals to effectively manage the high prevalence of disordered eating (DE) and eating disorders (ED) in people with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).

This webinar aims to provide an overview of the guideline including practical tips for recognition and assessment of DE/ED in the presence of T1D, screening frameworks used by diabetes services, need for escalation of care, admission parameters, and collaboration with the diabetes team to provide effective client-centred care.

The webinar is suitable for any health professionals working within the eating disorders arena or providing care to individuals with T1D across the lifespan

Amanda Davis has worked as a Senior Dietitian in the Queensland Eating Disorder Service (QuEDS) since 2008. Her experience in the provision of consultation to health professionals working with clients with eating disorder diagnoses, and involvement in the formulation and review of guidelines for eating disorder management, led to a strong interest in new frameworks to support dietitians in their clinical practice. Career milestones include involvement in the development of assertive refeeding guidelines for adults who are medically unstable secondary to eating disordered behaviours, evaluation and publication of the QuEDS Facilitated Peer Support program (which currently provides ongoing monthly online supervision for >150 dietitians), and the development of guidelines for the management of Type 1 diabetes with co-occurring eating disordered behaviours, and establishment of the community of practice – Collaboration of Dietitians in Eating Disorders (COD-ED).

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