BodyMatters is delighted to provide a variety of services to compliment therapy.

Commencing from January 2020 we will be running online structured support groups for parents and carers on Wednesday nights. These alternate each month depending on the age of your loved one. Supporting Your Child with an Eating Disorder is a 3x 2 hour program for parents of younger sufferers (aged 18 and under) who are undertaking Maudsley Family Therapy. Supporting Your Loved One with an Eating Disorder is a 2x 3 hour program for parents, partners, adult siblings and adult children of adult sufferers and/or younger sufferers who are not undertaking Maudsley Family Therapy. We also recommend our Parents and Partners Toolkit which is a useful resource you may benefit from.

Further, we host additional events periodically, including the LEAP workshop to improve your relationship with exercise, yoga and mindfulness courses and additional support services for carers. Forthcoming events below.

Oct
30
Fri
Body Image Boot Camp: How to Improve Body Image in our clients
Oct 30 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

About the issue/ course:
Improving body image can be the most challenging element of working with clients recovering from disordered eating, particularly in this age of “normative discontent”. Often when our clients relationship with food is restored they continue to experience pervasive body shame. This workshop provides an abundance of practical skills to equip therapists to target body image concerns in clients.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand the magnitude and impact of body image concerns
  2. Understand the extent to which our clients can make peace with their bodies
  3. Deconstruct the cultural landscape that breeds body image issues
  4. Understand how to use nuanced language to reduce body shame
  5. Identify clinical factors that perpetuate and maintain poor body image
  6. Implement CBT based exercises to improve client’s body image

Please note: this workshop is informed by the principles of Health at Every Size (™) as a framework for understanding body image concerns
Pricing:

  • Early bird special $250- until 31/1/2020
  • Student*: $200.00 + GST
  • Regular: $300.00 + GST

*nb student ID required
About the presenter:
Sarah McMahon is the Director of BodyMatters Australasia, a sydney based private practice with a particular interest in treating eating and body image issues. Sarah has worked in the field of eating disorders for approximately 15 years and has supported hundreds of individuals to achieve recovery. Sarah is well known for her compassionate and respectful approach to treatment as well as her ability to engage with clients in the early stages of change, supporting them through the recovery journey.

Oct
31
Sat
October Online Recovery Talk
Oct 31 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

‘Is recovery possible?’ It’s a question we get asked regularly and one that is very understandable when in the midst of the twists and turns of the recovery journey. All of us at BodyMatters are strong advocates that recovery is achievable and we love that we are able to share personal recovery journeys with you. BodyMatters will be hosting an Online Recovery Talk on Saturday the 12th of September and is open to anyone struggling or recovered from an eating disorder as well as parents, partners and health professionals trying to understand the recovery process. The group will run from 5:30pm-7:00pm and the cost is $15 per person. There will also be an opportunity for a Q&A at the end for anyone who would like to ask any questions!

We are pleased to introduce our October Recovery Talk speaker, Sarah. Sarah is currently working as a mental health peer support worker and aims to bring awareness to important mental health issues including eating disorders. Sarah has now overcome and recovered from her eating disorder and is now working in the Eating Disorder space which is empowering and rewarding for her.

You are able to read more about Sarah here.

Nov
20
Fri
Engaging Ambivalent Clients: Enhancing Motivation and Building Self-efficacy
Nov 20 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

About the issue/ course:
Enhancing our client’s motivation to change and building their self efficacy is absolutely paramount when it comes to treating people experiencing eating and body image issues- including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. This one day workshop for allied health practitioners provides an introduction to/ refresher of motivational interviewing with a specific application to eating disorders. In particular the workshop will emphasize how to work with clients in precontemplative, contemplative and determination/ preparation stages of change.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand the transtheoretical stages of change with specific application to eating disorders
  2. Appreciate the key barriers to recovery for eating disorder sufferers
  3. Understand how to support clients to move through precontemplation, contemplation and preparation stages of change
  4. Understand how to build insight in people experiencing eating and body image issues
  5. Describe a novel treatment mechanism positing open expression = trust = social connectedness
  6. Increase motivation to change for people experiencing eating and body image issues
  7. Build self efficacy in people experiencing eating and body image issues

Pricing:

  • Regular: $300.00 + GST
  • Student*: $200.00 + GST

*nb student ID required
About the presenters:
Sarah McMahon is the Director of BodyMatters Australasia, a sydney based private practice with a particular interest in treating eating and body image issues. Sarah has worked in the field of eating disorders for approximately 15 years and has supported hundreds of individuals to achieve recovery. Sarah is well known for her compassionate and respectful approach to treatment as well as her ability to engage with clients in the early stages of change, supporting them through the recovery journey.

Shannon Calvert is a lived experience professional, having experienced a longstanding eating disorder. Her expertise lies in collaborating alongside clinicians, researchers, and organisations that champion wellbeing through education, training, and supervision. Advocating for person- centred, recovery-oriented and integrated best practice, she works as a Lived Experience Educator and national Consumer Advisor for eating disorders, mental health and palliative care.

 

This event will is held online via zoom due to COVID restrictions.

Nov
28
Sat
Eating Disorder Focused Family Therapy Skills Workshop Three: Managing common family meal challenges
Nov 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

BodyMatters are pleased to introduce our Eating Disorder Focused Family Therapy Skills Workshop. A series of three small group workshops to enhance confidence and develop skills interviewing and supporting families undergoing family therapy treatment for an eating disorder. These will be intensive small groups with a maximum of 10 attendees per session to adhere to COVID restrictions and will be run by Dr Andrew Wallis. 

Each workshop will be highly practical and will help you to develop in session reflective skills to guide your interviewing. Structured guidelines will be practiced through guided role playing and discussion at each workshop.

Workshop Three: Managing common family meal challenges
This workshop aims to develop confidence using the family meal in treatment by learning a structure for the meal session and practicing a range of scenarios that can occur. There will also be ideas using the meal more than once and implementing the meal to target a particular stuck point.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to email info@bodymatters.com.au

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