Academic journal article Journal of Eating Disorders

More Than a Cup of Tea: An Evaluation of an Intervention Program Empowering Parents to Be Effective Members of the Treating Team for Young People with Eating Disorders

Academic journal article Journal of Eating Disorders

More Than a Cup of Tea: An Evaluation of an Intervention Program Empowering Parents to Be Effective Members of the Treating Team for Young People with Eating Disorders

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Author(s): Melanie Hunter[sup.1], Olivia Donaghy[sup.1] and Natalie O'Brien[sup.1]

Bayside Child and Youth Mental Health Service (BCYMHS), a community treatment team in Brisbane, delivers a 6 week 12 hour parent/carer skills based training group for families with a young person affected by an eating disorder based on Dr Janet Treasure's work at the Maudsley hospital (Treasure, Smith and Crane, 2007).

Collaborative care for adolescents has repeatedly been indicated as more effective than individual therapy alone, including parents and carers as a crucial part of the treating team. However, eating disorders often lead to a range of complex behaviours that are confusing and frightening and carers typically display a variety of natural but unhelpful reactions that can inadvertently prolong and entrench eating disorder symptoms and behaviours. Treasure's New Maudsley approach aims to help carers to understand eating disorders, learn communication skills that inhibit the maintenance of the disorder and develop positive coping strategies. …

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