Education is key for carers
Having a loved one experience an eating disorder places families and carers under incredible stress for extended periods of time. We know that eating disorder education is vital.
We also know there is hope… and that with support and education, families can come through the recovery journey.
EDFA runs national education and information seminars online bi-monthly, with each seminar hosted by a lived experience or clinical expert in the Eating Disorder field.
EDFA Eating Disorder Education and Information Seminars will facilitate families and carers to:
- be informed of the impacts of eating disorders on the family and the individuals within it
- be supported to access services to optimise their quality of life during the treatment and recovery process
- address any negative impacts of eating disorders on the family.
Because here at EDFA, we recognise that by educating parents, we are encouraging and empowering them to advocate for their loved one and for themselves… and to recognise that if something doesn’t feel right for their child, to question it.
Eating Disorder Seminars
We run bi-monthly eating disorder education seminars so we are able to effectively up-skill our members, providing resources and information on evidence based, emerging and adjunctive therapies.
Experience has shown us this helps members to be more effective, informed and compassionate carers.
While we remain agnostic when it comes to eating disorder treatment and therapies, we are excited about TBT-S.
What is TBT-S? It is Temperament Based Therapy with Supports, which is eating disorder treatment for older adolescents and adults.
EDFA is passionate about educating clinicians and families about this latest emerging Eating Disorder treatment, because it recognises the value of including a trusted family member/friend/carer (represented by the ‘s’ in TBT-S) as the support, and a pivotal member of the treatment team and plan.
TBT-S uses talk therapy to help the person with an eating disorder (and their support people) understand how their symptoms can be explained by their temperament, where temperament is used as an umbrella term involving biology, brain functioning, genetics and personality traits.
For example, personality traits such as perfectionism, impulsivity, harm avoidance and determination are common among people with eating disorders
EDFA is providing opportunities for Clinicians to learn more about one of the latest Eating Disorder treatments – Temperament Based Therapy with Supports (TBT-S) from US Neuropsychologist Dr Christina Wierenga on August 20th via webinar. If you missed it, check back We will have this webinar available for sale soon.
We also have ongoing webinars from the expert US clinicians who brought this training to Australia.
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.