Early intervention significantly reduces the severity, duration and impact of an eating disorder however, a lack of specialist eating disorder knowledge, long-waiting lists, and/or strict treatment criteria for specialist services prohibit such from occurring.
Dr. Anthea Fursland designed a single session intervention (SSI), incorporating clinical assessment and provision of psychoeducation, in an effort to address the lengthy waiting lists in Western Australia. The SSI saw wait times for an assessment reduced from 130 days to 17 days, a decreased number of drop outs from the waiting list, and a reduction in symptomology after a single session alone.
These findings suggest that (with training in the SSI), those practitioners who are often the first port of call, can deliver an effective intervention at time of initial presentation.
In order to meet both beginner and advanced training requirements, the workshop has been split into two sessions, with the option to attend both or the afternoon session only.
Morning session (9:00am-12:30pm)
- The assessment and diagnosis of an eating disorder
- Medical and psychiatric risk and monitoring of an eating disorder
Afternoon session: (1:30-5:00pm)
- Introduction to SSI
- The SSI treatment procedure
- Clinical skill development
About the presenters
Dr. Anthea Fursland is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Acting Director of both the Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) and the Western Australia Eating Disorders Outreach and Consultation Service (WAEDOCS). Anthea has more than 30 years’ experience in the field of eating disorders.
She has co-authored several peer-reviewed papers and created a web-based self-help resource on eating disorders that is widely used by both clients and practitioners. In addition to her clinical work and research, Anthea is involved in service development, consultation, training and education, and clinical supervision.
Anthea is the Past President of the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED), on the Steering Committee of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) and is a Fellow of the international Academy of Eating Disorders (AED).
Associate Professor Warren Ward is a Psychiatrist, the Director of the Eating Disorder Outreach Service (EDOS) and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Queensland.
He serves as Chair of the Queensland Health Eating Disorders Advisory Group (EDAG) and is the Past Secretary of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED).
Warren is a co-author of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of eating disorders, and author of more than twenty other articles on eating disorders.