Education and Information Seminars

Upcoming Educational Seminars

How Sensory Approaches can help loved ones with an Eating Disorder

6th May 2021 8pm AEST

Evidence has shown that sensory approaches can provide many benefits to an individual with mental health issues, including eating disorders, by providing a sense of comfort and relief from distress. Learning sensory-based approaches supports a person’s ability to self-regulate and organize emotions in more adaptive and effective ways.

Presented by: Alex Hillman – Occupational Therapist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Senior clinician and Eating Disorders Coordinator at Barwon Health, Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at Deakin University.

Emotion Focused Family Therapy for Caregivers of those living with an Eating Disorder

20th May 2021 8pm AEST

Debby will provide parents and carers with an overview of EFFT, with an introduction to the emotion coaching approach used in EFFT.

Debby has trained in Emotion Focused Therapy with Dr Leslie Greenberg from Toronto, Canada.  She has also trained with Dr Joanne Dolhanty and more extensively with Dr Adele Lafrance, the developers of EFFT and has had supervision with Dr Lafrance.

Debby conducts a private practice based at Bathurst, NSW.  Amongst the clients she works with are parents and caregivers of people struggling with behavioural and mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and eating disorders. She also delivers training for health professionals, and group work such as the two day workshop  Emotion Focused Parent Coaching and Advanced Caregiving. 


Medical Hypnosis and Therapy for ARFID / SED presented by Glenn Robertson

3rd June 2021 8pm AEST

The first step to healing mind body conditions is with education. Knowledge is medicine for the SED/ARFID sufferer. Knowledge begins the journey to decrease the stress and anxiety around food.

Most ARFID sufferers say that they want to be rid of this restrictive eating behaviour, but that there is a part of them that just won’t change. Therapy provides the opportunity to talk to this inner part, and encourage it to behave differently.

Learn about how when the mind is relaxed, new positive messages and beliefs can be strengthened – with eyes open or closed. Tasting new foods calmly is the goal of the end of the therapy session. No pressure.

Carer Fatigue and PTSD by Dr. Genevieve Pepin

17th June 2021. 8pm AEST

Dr Genevieve Pepin’s research interests focus on mental health, especially eating disorders and occupational therapy and interventions, and have led to international collaborations. 

She is the inaugural convenor of the Australia and New Zealand Occupational Therapy Mental Health Academics network.

Music Therapy for Eating Disorders

1st July 2021 8pm AEST

Doctor Jennifer Bibb, Music Therapist, National Creative Arts and Music Therapy Research Unit (CAMTRU), University of Melbourne & BETRS

EDFA is delighted to present Dr Jennifer Bibb who will speak to our members about music and music therapy and to offer strategies that may assist your loved ones with an eating disorder.

Dr Bibb is a Senior Music Therapist, Postdoctoral Researcher in music therapy at the University of Melbourne and an Eating Disorders Clinician at BETRS, the specialist eating disorder service for the North East region of Victoria. Her research focuses on the role of music therapy in improving treatment outcomes for people with eating disorders, as well as the use of music listening during recovery. She is committed to conducting research that translates into practice and that honours consumer perspectives.

Binge Eating Disorders and other Eating Disorders with Dr Jake Linardon

15th July 2021 8pm AEST

Dr Jake Linardon, Break Binge Eating and Research Fellow and Lecturer of Psychology at Deakin University, Melbourne

Jake will share with carers the findings of his research from evaluating treatment approaches for eating disorders and other advances in the ED field.

Past Education Session Recordings

EDFA have a range of recorded sessions with lived experience carers, eating disorder experts, siblings, recovered people and more.

Become a member of EDFA for $25 per year (Australian Carers Only)

EDFA is a proud not for profit, volunteer run organisation. 

We invite you to be part of a revolutionary peer support group making positive changes in the Eating Disorder space. Strength in numbers means we are able to affect change and have the collective voice of the carers recognised.

We provide opportunities to connect with other parents and carers who share your experiences… helping you to feel less alone and isolated.

Yearly membership is just $25.

Membership gives access to monthly state-based strive carer support groups, twice monthly education sessions, monthly sibling support, quarterly strive support groups for carers of people with ARFID and Bulimia as well as a group for male carers and access to the members-only National strive Australia page providing connection with & support from fellow parents and carers all over Australia. Members will also receive discounts to eating disorder events and conferences. Daily online support through our striveFacebook pages and the opportunity to connect, share, learn and ask questions is another benefit of being part of our EDFA community.

Your membership helps EDFA with ongoing costs of running a not-for-profit organisation, and importantly, shows Government that families value, need and believe in this type of lived-experience support. Strength in numbers helps EDFA lobby as the collective voice of carers for  better services, treatments, access to expert clinicians and specialised ED units, to help our loved ones in their recovery journey and to acknowledge the impact of an eating disorder diagnosis on the entire family unit.

*please note EDFA membership is only available to people living in Australia.

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