Upcoming Educational Webinars
Eating Disorders Families Australia delivers twice-monthly education webinars for families and carers of those individuals with eating disorders. These sessions are recorded, and made available to financial members 72 hours after each webinar here.
Thursday 6th October 2022 8pm – 9:30pm AEDT
Autism and Eating Disorders
Presented by Fiona Fisher Bullivant (UK)
Author, Autism & Eating Disorders Consultant, Lecturer University of Central Lancashire, Autism Assessor, Non Medical Prescriber, Sleep Counsellor & Functional Analysis Assessor.
EDFA Members Free
Non Member AUD $25
Fiona Fisher Bullivant will explore the topic of autistic people with eating disorders, why their differences don’t always fit with traditional treatment and how treatment can be adapted to allow for these differences. Fiona will speak about autism and mental health and why the therapeutic relationship is important for progress and change-making. The session will also address how best to support individuals experiencing Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID).
Fiona is the author of the book Working with Girls and Young Women with an Autism Spectrum Condition – A Practical Guide for Clinicians and co-author of the book Autism and Eating Disorders in Teens – A Guide for Parents and Professionals.
Fiona has worked with autistic, learning disabled children and young people for 37 years in clinical practice, in a variety of settings and positions and in many different locations across the UK and the world. Fiona’s depth and breadth of experience has enriched her passion to continue to learn and remain respectful of the need to be led by autistic individuals to enrich and develop her clinical expertise. The individuals and their families and carer’s have humbled and educated Fiona, alongside some inspiring professional colleagues. Fiona is persistent in her plight to highlight the need for more understanding in this field and the important contributions individuals and their families give to our communities and workforce.
Fiona has recently retired from 37 years as a learning disability nurse in the NHS where she had been specialising in Autism & Mental Health and particularly Autism & Eating Disorders. Fiona is an ADOS assessor, Non-Medical Prescriber and Sleep Counsellor and has trained in Sensory Processing Disorder and behavioural analysis.
Fiona now shares her time between working as a consultant at Fisher Bullivant Training & Consultancy, to autistic individuals with eating disorders and families around the world and lecturing student nurses on the Children’s & Young People and Learning Disability degree and masters programs and a new Eating Disorder module for clinicians.
A recording of the webinar will be made available to registrants for a period of 4 weeks.
*EDFA membership is strictly for Australian families and caregivers of a loved one with an eating disorder.
To find out more visit https://edfa.org.au./become-a-member/
Thursday 20th October 2022 8pm – 9:30pm AEDT
A Personal Story of Recovery from a 10 Year Battle with an Eating Disorder by Amanda Goodfellow
After a 10 year battle with an eating disorder in her 20’s and ongoing depression well into her 40’s, Amanda was no stranger to the therapist’s couch. But after years of talk therapy and even 15 years of meditation practice, the internal dialogue of ‘never good enough’ and the constant drive for approval and perfection was relentless. Amanda will share her story of recovery including why mindfulness and talk therapy was not enough for her, and how somatic mindfulness helped Amanda and others find freedom from an eating disorder.
Amanda is a meditation and mindfulness teacher and the founder of Agile Mind. She works with corporate organisations and individuals to share the benefits of mindfulness and meditation to support mental health and wellbeing. Amanda has lived experience of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa and is passionate about supporting people with eating disorders, including complex trauma in ED, and their families navigating this space, through Somatic Mindfulness.
In addition to formal qualifications in meditation teaching, Amanda is the first in South Australia to become an accredited Kiloby Inquiries (KI) facilitator, a mindfulness based therapy that helps people find freedom from their self belief of being deficient – an approach she credits to ending her own 30 year battle with mental illness.
The presentation will include 30 minutes of Q&A’s with Amanda and the audience.
Read more about Amanda here: https://agilemind.com.au/meditation/
Thursday 3rd November 2022 8pm – 9:30pm AEDT
Understanding and Treating Binge Eating Disorder
Josephine Money, Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionist, Eating Disorder Specialist
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder, affecting 6% of the population.
In this webinar Jo Money provides us with a greater understanding of BED, effective treatment paths and how parents and caregivers can help manage and support their loved ones on their path to healing.
Josephine is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Director of Eat Love Live.
Jo has a client centred approach providing individual nutrition counselling; with over 10 years’ experience in private practice. Jo has experience across a diverse range of settings including community and public health and in a variety of modes including working with individuals, groups and program development.
Jo supports clients with a wide range of clinical medical conditions; though her passion and unique skill set are in supporting people across the spectrum of disordered eating, eating disorders and other mental health issues.
Jo has a non-dieting approach to health management which involves focusing on behaviour change to improve measurable health outcomes. Jo aims to support people to improve their overall relationship with food and to reconnect with the body’s hunger and satiety cues. Jo employs the Health at Every Size Paradigm in her work.
The presentation will include 30 minutes of Q&A’s with Jo and the audience.
Read more about Jo here: https://www.eatlovelive.com.au/josephine_money_nee_gibson_apd
Thursday 17th November 2022 8pm – 9:30pm AEDT
Parenting and Setting Boundaries around an Eating Disorder
Maria Ganci, Clinical Social Worker, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist & Director of APT Therapeutics Solutions
Maria Ganci delves into the perfect storm of ED and adolescence!
An adolescent with an eating disorder brings additional complexities around challenging behaviors resulting from their eating disorder and co-occurring conditions such as ASD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and OCD.
How do we distinguish behaviors that could be attributed to normal adolescence and those heightened or accentuated by an eating disorder?
And how do we manage behaviors around life matters including relationships, school, work, driving, drinking, exercising etc?
Join us to connect the dots in navigating the challenging combination of adolescence and ED.
Thursday 1st December 2022 8-9:30 pm AEDT
Professor Janet Treasure – How to support your loved one through an eating disorder
We are thrilled to welcome UK Professor Janet Treasure to present to our members. Janet will talk to us about her pioneering program and book on The New Maudsley model of Skills Based Caring for a Loved One with and Eating Disorders, so frequently used, referenced and recommended in Australia. She will also update us on other novel eating disorder projects and research areas she is currently involved with.
Professor Janet Treasure is a world-leading clinical and academic psychiatrist in eating disorders who works at King’s College London and the South London and Maudsley Hospital. She was awarded the OBE for her work on eating disorders.
She is a fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) and Associate editor of European Eating Disorders Review. She had the Leadership Research Award, from AED and Hilde Bruch Lecture Award-2016 (University of Tübingen, Germany). She is Co-Chair of the ED Section of the European Psychiatric Association and leads a European study on the Value of Treatment.
Janet has been a principal investigator on several multi-centre studies in eating disorders and a co-investigator on many international studies. She has mentored over 60 PhD students and numerous clinicians. She has been a member of the NICE committee for the guidelines of eating disorders twice (2004, 2017). She has written numerous books on eating disorders. In particular, she has co-written books and other materials with people with lived
experience. She has pioneered a collaborative approach of working with patients and their families on treatment interventions and services.
The webinar will be followed by a Q&A session with Janet and the audience.
Thursday 15th December 2022 8-9:30 pm AEDT
Adapting caregiver support to assist change-making – Two Parents share their experience of supporting their loved one
Is your loved one sitting on the fence, feeling stuck, unable to move forward, cycling in and out of the hospital system or going around and around in circles with no end in sight?
Are you concerned about how you and your loved one will manage the upcoming holiday season events and change of routine?
Do you want to hear other parents talk about their own experience of caring and supporting their loved one through an eating disorder?
Tonight we hear from two parents from different families talk about their journey of supporting their loved ones through an eating disorder and how the changes they made not only assisted their loved one’s healing but restored their own wellbeing and enthusiasm for life.
A 30 minute Q&A session with the speakers follows the presentation.
Saturday 4th February 2023 11-12:30 pm AEDT
How to help strengthen your loved one’s healthy self in order to get it back in control
Carolyn Costin, US ED Clinician, Author, Trainer & International Speaker
Carolyn Costin MFT is a renown, sought-after eating disorder clinician, author of 6 books and international speaker.
Recovered herself and treating eating disorders since 1979, Carolyn was first to speak out that people with eating disorders can become fully recovered.
15 years into private practice and after running hospital units, Carolyn, unhappy with the relapse rate, recognised a need and opened Monte Nido, the first eating disorder residential facility.
Currently Carolyn trains and certifies eating disorder coaches at The Carolyn Costin Institute, filling another gap in support resources.
In this presentation, Carolyn will discuss:
- When FBT is not enough
- Food is essential for your loved one’s ED recovery.. but of course, there’s more!
- How to help parents contact and transform the Eating Disorder Self
- Dealing with resistance
- Guidelines for carers
- Options for extra support, eg coaching
- Nutritional therapy (eg zinc)
- Learn strategies that helped Carolyn and consequently her clients, for the past 45 years, overcome the challenges of recovery.
The webinar will be followed by a Q&A session with Carolyn and the audience.
Carolyn is a passionate, inspiring force in the eating disorder field.
Find out more about Carolyn here Carolyn@carolyncostin.com
Thursday 16th February 2023 8-9:30 pm AEDT
Understanding Medical Changes that occur in individuals with Eating Disorders
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Warren Ward
This session will give parents and caregivers a greater understanding of the medical changes that occur as a result of starvation and other compensatory behaviours for individuals with eating disorders.
Some of the topics covered will be abnormal blood results (what is measured and why), ECG changes (what happens and why), postural hypotension and heart rate changes (what’s actually happening in the body), re-feeding syndrome, bone health, menstruation etc.
The presentation will include 30 minutes of Q&A’s with Warren and the audience.
Warren Ward is Director of the Queensland Eating Disorders Service (QuEDS) and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Queensland. He is Chair of the Queensland Health Eating Disorder Advisory Group and co-author of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry (RANZCP) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Eating Disorders. In 2017 he received the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders (ANZAED) Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2018 he was elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Eating Disorders. He has published more than forty articles and book chapters, most of them on eating disorders. He was recently appointed Medical Director of Wandi Nerida, Australia’s first residential program for eating disorders.
Thursday 2nd March 2023 8pm – 9:30pm AEDT
Compassion Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders and Trauma
Inge Gnatt, Provisional Psychologist, PhD Candidate
Come along to hear Inge Gnatt talk about the benefits and outcomes of compassion focused therapy for eating disorders and trauma, including practical tools and resources, and how we as caregivers can support this treatment most effectively.
People suffering from an eating disorder generally experience high levels of self-criticism, self-directed hostility, and shame. Furthermore, these individuals tend to have difficulty producing and activating self-soothing emotions.
Compassion focused therapy for eating disorders and trauma addresses these issues, and is designed to incorporate the development and practice of compassion for self and others into standard eating disorder treatment.
The presentation will include 30 minutes of Q&A’s with Inge and the audience.
Thursday 16th March 2023 8pm – 9:30pm AEDT
Skills based caring for a loved one with an Eating Disorder
Jenny Langley, Author, UK Lived Experience Carer Coach & Trainer
We are thrilled to welcome Jenny Langley who will present to our parent/carer community on the practical application and experience of the New Mausley model of skills based caring for a loved one with an eating disorder.
Since her son recovered from anorexia 15 years ago, Jenny Langley has campaigned to raise awareness of eating disorders and the impact on the whole family, and to provide practical help and support to families affected by eating disorders.
Jenny has worked closely with the Eating Disorder Research team of The Institute of Psychiatry for over 10 years, and is trained in the New Maudsley Model. She has become an “experienced carer” coach for the research programmes and delivers regular skills workshops for carers, as well as training for facilitators.
Jenny co-authored the New Maudsley Skills-Based Training Manual with Prof Janet Treasure and Gill Todd which was published by Routledge in 2018. Jenny also wrote of her family’s experiences in the book Boys Get Anorexia Too, published in 2006, and has a special interest in providing support and hope to the many families from all over the world who are struggling with a male eating disorder in their midst.
The value of Jenny’s insight and experience across the entire lifecycle of an eating disorder has been recognised at training she has delivered to clinicians at a range of eating disorder services in the UK. Jenny was awarded the Beat Volunteer Recognition Award in 2014 for Outstanding Service to Education and Awareness, as well as the 2016 Royal College of Psychiatrists Award for Carer Contributor of the year in recognition of her ongoing work with carers, eating disorder services and in the wider community with a particular focus on preventative work in schools.
Jenny lives in Kent and has six children.
The webinar will be followed by a Q&A session with Jenny and the audience.
Jenny has consolidated her previous websites into one main New Maudsley site:
All the Training Manual worksheets, many of which now have accompanying videos, can be seen at New Maudsley Carers – newmaudsleycarers-kent (newmaudsleycarers-kent.co.uk)
Additional videos are on her Youtube site: New Maudsley Training – YouTube
Thursday 20th April 2023 8pm – 9:30pm AEST
A Story of Hope & Recovery from a 35-year battle with an eating disorder
Dannii Hose, Mental Health Practitioner & Founder of the Practical Practitioner
In this session we welcome Danielle (Dannii) Hose who will share her incredible story of hope and recovery from 35-years experiencing an eating disorder.
Dannii is a mental health practitioner and founder of The Practical Practitioner, a mental health and wellbeing coaching private practice providing person-centered, solutions-focused, trauma informed mental health and wellbeing coaching and recovery support.
Dannii specialises in eating disorders recovery coaching, disordered eating and body image concerns with a non-diet, body neutral approach incorporating the expert knowledge of recovered lived experience. Additional areas of expertise include workplace wellbeing, resilience, mental fitness, growth mindset, holistic health and mind-body connection work.
Dannii has 14 years experience as a mental health practitioner in the public community mental health sector working with clients across the lifespan with severe and enduring mental illness and their carers. Dannii continues to work in the community mental health sector as well as running her own private practice. Dannii can be contacted here.
The webinar will be followed by a Q&A session with Dannii and the audience.
Thursday 4th May 2023 8pm – 9:30pm AEST
Crisis Management for Eating Disorders
Dr Suzy Redston, Pychiatrist
We are honoured to welcome Dr Suzy Redston who will help parents and carers unpack what constitutes, and how to manage, a physical and mental health crisis and what course of action is essential for the safety and wellbeing of our loved ones.
After exploring the breadth and depth of psychiatric problems, Suzy Redston has chosen to focus on the assessment and holistic treatment for people suffering with Eating Disorders and/or trauma related mental illnesses.
She has an advanced training certificate from RANZCP in psychotherapy and continues to train in Schema mode therapy for individuals and groups. Suzy works two days a week with a team at Barwon Health, a youth service. She also works in private practice with people across their life span. Most of Suzy’s patients have eating disorders or trauma related problems. Suzy works with clients and their support team, including families and close friends, to assist recovery.
The webinar will be followed by a Q&A session with Suzy and the audience.
Thursday 15th June 2023 8pm – 9:30pm AEST
Developing a Healthy Relationship with Food
Shane Jeffery, Accredited Practising & Sports Dietitian
Shane Jeffrey is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Accredited Sports Dietitian with 30 years of experience as a dietitian in both the private and public sectors, working almost exclusively in the field of eating disorders, the non-diet approach and sports nutrition.
Shane will discuss the RAVES program and other aspects of ED treatments from his wealth of experience and expertise.
Shane is the current treasurer and a past executive member of the Australian & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders.
Shane has a passion for supporting the education of health professionals in the eating disorders field teaching at four universities, facilitating workshops, providing professional supervision, and presenting at various national and international conferences.
The webinar will be followed by a Q&A session with Shane and the audience.
Over 100 hours of EDucation to watch
Become a member of EDFA for $25 per year (Australian Carers Only)
EDFA is a proud not-for-profit, predominantly 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:
A range of resources in our Member Only section of the website including Educational Recordings, Member Recommended Clinicians and Services, and more.
Over 70 support groups and education sessions per year. including:
Twice monthly education sessions
strive Carer Support Groups for carers of loved ones with any type of eating disorder (run three times each month)
strive ARFID Carer Support Group (run monthly)
strive bulimia nervosa Carer Support Group (run quarterly)
strive binge eating disorder Carer Support Group (run quarterly)
strive4Men Carer Support Group (run quarterly) – a group for male carers
siblings Support Group (run monthly) – a group for siblings of those with an eating disorder
daily online support through our private strive Australia Facebook Group and the opportunity to connect, share, learn and ask questions is another benefit of being part of our EDFA community.
discounts to eating disorder events and conferences
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 eating disorder 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.