Sydney event: Family Based Therapy for Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa 2 Day Intensive Workshop

Sydney event: Family Based Therapy for Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa 2 Day Intensive Workshop


About this event

Family Based Therapy (FBT) is an evidence-based eating disorder-specific outpatient treatment first developed at the Maudsley Hospital in London in the 1980s with further development in the US (Stanford and Chicago) in the late 1990s and early 2000s. A treatment manual was published in 2002 enabling FBT to be disseminated outside of these development sites. FBT is the current recommended first-line treatment for adolescents with AN and first became available in Australia in 2003 at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead.

FBT integrates concepts from a number of family therapy models in a developmentally sensitive framework and holds the basic premise that parents are the best resource to help their child recover from anorexia nervosa. The treatment is organised around three treatment phases across 12 months. FBT commences with a focus on parental leadership of the young person’s nutritional recovery and finishes with a focus on adolescent issues. The treatment is suitable for adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa with a short course of illness.

Workshop Content: The aim of this workshop is to provide intensive practical training in the application of this model including:

- Theoretical background, framework and the role of the multidisciplinary team

- Detailed description of treatment phases, key sessions and the therapeutic process

Discussion of clinical issues and processes to enable successful implementation

- Guided role plays to help develop participants micro skill development

Day 1 and 2 will cover all aspects of the model. The four online evening sessions will focus on clinical processes and problem solving within the model.
At the completion of the workshop, participants will have a good working knowledge of the model and will be able to consider using FBT in their clinical setting.

It is expected that clinicians attending will have:

- Professional training and skills in child and adolescent mental health care

- Knowledge and experience with adolescent eating disorders

- Previous experience working with families is an advantage

Presenters will also be offering follow up supervision sessions on the following days: 
October 28, November 4, November 11, November 18 from 6.00pm–7.30pm AEDT. These sessions will take place online through zoom.

Costs for these supervision sessions: $70 plus GST (ANZAED members) or $95 plus GST (non-members) per session.

You can book your spot for these sessions through the workshop registration link.

Contact Details


Dr Andrew Wallis and Colleen Alford

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