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The male experience of eating disorders: Useful things to know

Presenter: Scott Griffiths, NHMRC Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

Thursday 2 April (1 hour duration) 

11am New Zealand; 9am NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS, QLD; 8.30am SA, NT; 6am WA
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Scott is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He lead a grant-funded (2017-2020) research team investigating male body image and eating disorders and related issues, including stigma and gender roles. He is an advocate for early career researchers in eating disorders, including post-PhD grant funding opportunities, and engagement with external traditional and non-traditional media (e.g., social media).

Webinar Overview: Males with eating disorders self-divide into two groups: those who seek your help, and those who don’t. This webinar will provide you with useful, practical insights about the male experience of eating disorders so that you can better help – and attract – males who are experiencing eating disorders.

Targeting Treatment Through the cognitive Interpersonal model

Presenter: Janet Treasure, OBE, MD, PHD, FAED

Thursday 16 April (1 hour duration) 

6pm New Zealand; 4pm NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS, QLD; 3.30pm SA, NT; 2pm WA
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Professor Janet Treasure is a psychiatrist who has specialised in the treatment of eating disorders for more than 35 years. She is a consultant at the South London and Maudsley hospital and a Professor at Kings College London. She has worked extensively with patients and carers to develop new treatments. During her career she has been awarded several prizes from learned societies and the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her work with eating disorders. She is a trustee of several eating disorder and psychiatric charities.

Webinar Overview: Successful treatments can be developed if there is a robust understanding of the aetiology of an illness. Unfortunately, the field of eating disorders has only limited aetiological understanding, and this may explain the suboptimal response to treatment. The cognitive interpersonal model of anorexia nervosa was developed to describe both the risk and maintaining factors (Schmidt and Treasure, 2006). Later the model was elaborated by describing more of the underpinning atypical cognitive and social-emotional features (Treasure and Schmidt, 2013). The model has been adapted further to consider the evolution and staging of the illness. (Treasure et al 2020). In this talk I describe the importance of exploring and assimilating new evidence and discuss the benefits of being open to a flexible translation into clinical service.

An Overview of Trauma, PTSD, Dissociation and Eating Disorders

Presenter: Timothy D. Brewerton, MD, DLFAPA, FAED, DFAACAP, CEDS-S1

Thursday 28 May (1 hour duration) 

11am New Zealand; 9am NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS, QLD; 8.30am SA, NT; 6am WA
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Timothy D. Brewerton, MD, DLFAPA, FAED, DFAACAP, CEDS-S has consulted for Monte Nido and Affiliates for many years and is now the Director of Clinical Outcomes and Research for Monte Nido and Affiliates. He is Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he is also in private practice.

Webinar Overview: Dr. Brewerton will provide an overview of the role of trauma and trauma-related disorders in the development and perpetuation of EDs. Individuals with EDs report very high rates of lifetime traumatic events, particularly child maltreatment and neglect and other interpersonal traumas. The literature that describes the clinical characteristics of individuals with EDs and comorbid posttraumatic sequelae, including PTSD, complex PTSD (C-PTSD), and dissociative disorders, is presented. Understanding related clinical features is essential to successful management and treatment. He also discusses trauma-informed care (TIC) for EDs and important principles for treating individuals with EDs and comorbid PTSD and other trauma-related disorders, including needing to move beyond sequential treatment to the development of integrated treatment approaches. Integration of existing evidence-based treatments including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for EDs, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills training, cognitive processing therapy (CPT) prolonged exposure (PE), trauma-focused CBT (TF-CBT), eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR), Written Exposure Therapy (WET), and Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), are discussed. Recent research suggests that ED clinicians view integrated treatment for individuals with ED-PTSD as a top priority yet there are several concerns about administering such a treatment.

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