Event: Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders Adelaide Workshop


Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) will be hosting a two-day workshop, presented by Professor Tracey Wade

23rd – 24th October 2020
9- 5 pm
Flinders University, Victoria Square


Day 1: Weaving the treatment of perfectionism into your eating disorder therapy 

Perfectionism is considered a transdiagnostic risk factor for depression, anxiety, suicidality, and eating disorders. It impedes therapeutic engagement, is associated with drop-out, and has a strong association with self-criticism and lack of self-compassion. A body of emerging research also indicates that perfectionism is associated with less successful goal pursuit and resilience in the face of adversity. Perfectionism has significantly increased in youth over the last 20 years. An issue that confronts therapists doing evidence-based therapies for eating disorders is how to include the treatment of perfectionism in an already busy therapy. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy- Enhanced allows half a session a week over Phase 3 for working with maintaining factors such as perfectionism. In this context, the workshop will examine brief protocols for treating perfectionism that gives you the most “bang for your buck” in promoting progress across a number of fronts.

Day 2: Specialist Supportive Clinical Management of Anorexia Nervosa

Specialist Supportive Clinical Management (SSCM) is one of the three recommended outpatient therapies for adult anorexia nervosa recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in 2017. The therapy, developed in New Zealand, and evaluated in Australia, allows an informed but flexible approach to the treatment of anorexia nervosa. Professor Tracey Wade will explain the two components of the therapy: specialist management and a supportive client-centered focus. She will provide evidence of its effectiveness. Resources for use with clients and for upskilling clinicians will be provided so both client and clinician can understand how the physical sequelae of eating disorders need to be managed in therapy in order to see progress in psychological health. Different themes in client-centered focus will also be explored, along with resources to do this in a way that best supports recovery in an eating disorder. Finally, therapists will self-assess their readiness and ability to do this type of work in their clinical setting.

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