Support Group

Nourishing Parents

  • Sydney
  • 4 Feb, 2019 - 15 Apr, 2019

What is Nourishing Parents?

BodyMatters is thrilled to offer the Nourishing Parents program over three consecutive Monday evenings 7-9 pm commencing February, 2019.

Nourishing parents is a program for parents developed by Belinda Caldwell, Carer Consumer Consultant and the Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders, in conjunction with Victoria’s Austin Hospital. It was initiated to help parents of young people newly diagnosed with an Eating Disorder to get a “head start” on Family Based Therapy and to provide guidance, education and support in facing the challenges of FBT for families about to commence treatment. We are delighted that they have shared this resource with us to help us support parents undertaking Maudsley Family Based Therapy (FBT) locally.

There is strong evidence to support FBT as the “gold standard” approach to treating young people who are restricting food and/or are losing weight. It harnesses parents as a vital resource in supporting their child’s recovery. It is based on evidence that families are best placed to lead treatment and provide support for their own child and are able to maintain that support over the time taken for their child to achieve recovery. The Nourishing Parents program helps parents to feel more confident and supported as they commence the recovery journey with their child.

Is Nourishing Parents Beneficial?

Feedback from parents who have participated in the program reported that they felt better equipped to accept the carer role and take on responsibility in the recovery of their child. Parents also reported increased awareness and knowledge of Eating Disorders that was advantageous once FBT had commenced.

A key aspect of FBT is the goal of restoring weight to a healthy range as quickly and safely as possible. Children of parents who participated in the program showed greater weight restoration based on BMI scores at one month and six months into treatment. There were also positive outcomes in lowering subsequent hospital admission rates.

How is the program structured?

Nourishing Parents is a two hour semi structured support group held over three consecutive weeks. Groups are intentionally kept small with a maximum of 6 people to allow optimum participation and support while maintaining a personal interaction.To gain the most benefit from the program it is recommended parents attend all three sessions as different content is covered each week. In families where both parents are providing this treatment together, it is recommended that both parents complete the course together.

What Topics will be covered?

Week 1 : Understanding

  • What is an Eating Disorder?
  • What is needed for recovery?
  • What is going on for your child?
  • The importance of weight/nutritional restoration
  • How to explain it to others

Week 2: Refeeding

  • Feeding and meal support
  • How much food
  • How to increase calories
  • Pre, during and post meal support strategies

Week 3: Containing

  • Symptom interruption, including exercise and purging
  • Managing our own reactions
  • Importance of parental/support network unity

Who’s running the group?

Karen is a provisional psychologist at BodyMatters. In addition to her psychology qualifications, she also holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree and has extensive experience working in the acute care hospital setting as a registered nurse. This background has created a passionate interest in the holistic relationship of psychological and physical health with a particular interest in the area of Eating Disorders and Body image.

Linn is also a provisional psychologist at BodyMatters and has a strong interest in body image, eating disorders, physical activity and general health and wellbeing. Linn has a Bachelor of Science Psychology and a Master in Psychology with a specialization Clinical and Health Psychology. In addition to her psychology degree she holds a Master in Public Health with a specialization in Public Health Nutrition, and is also a qualified Personal Trainer.

When: The first three Monday nights of the month, commencing 4 th February, 2019 @ 7.00- 9.00pm and running alternate months throughout 2019.

Where: BodyMatters Australasia, 3/114-116 Cabramatta Rd, Cremorne NSW 2090

Cost: $150 per person OR $250 per couple

Tickets can be purchased via: https://bodymatters.com.au/events-calendar/