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.

May
1
Fri
Food Explorers: Build your child’s sense of adventure for food
May 1 @ 3:30 pm
  • Who: An adult is required to attend each session with the child.
  • What: Each week you will be given suggestions for foods to bring along
  • When: Fridays 3.30 – 5pm for 10 weeks during Term 4, 2020. Details to be advised closer to the time/date
  • Where: Mosman Art Gallery
  • Cost: $500 per child for 10 weeks. Private health rebates may be available depending on level of cover.

Help your child to build their sense of adventure for food by exploring and interacting with a range of foods in a supportive environment. Led by  Psychologist Amy Newsom, each week your child will be introduced to and taught skills to tolerate new foods, and you will be guided as to how to
support them at home. The aim of this group is to expand the variety of foods eaten by your child.

This group will suit you & your child if:

  • Your child struggles to try new foods
  • Your child avoids certain colours, textures or smells in food
  • You are tired of cooking separate meals each night for your child
  • Mealtimes in your household can feel like a battleground
May
9
Sat
May Online Recovery Talk
May 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

An intimate, small group presentation where a recovered individual shares about their eating disorder recovery. This presentation offers hope and insight to sufferers, parents, partners and health professionals trying to understand the recovery process. Our presenters are recovery champions who have volunteered to share their experience to help you. After they share their story, there will be the opportunity for a Q & A.

Given there is no one pathway to recovery, our Recovery Talks endevour to showcase a variety of eating disorder symptoms and recovery experiences. Ultimately we believe- and hope you take from our Recovery Talks- that recovery is always possible and usually occurs through the combination of the right therapist, timing and treatment approach.

Our recovery champions are people we consider to be fully recovered. They have been educated about what may be helpful and what may be triggering for attendees to hear. Recovery Talks are moderated by at least one of our therapists.

You are able to read more about our guest speaker, Tully here.

 

Guidelines for the group:

Confidentiality
Anything that is discussed in the group stays in the group and we are able to trust one another to respect each other’s privacy.

Please note: Registration closes Thursday 7th May 5pm

*NB Minimum Numbers
To ensure the best experience we reserve the right to cancel a group if we have less then three registrations. Confirmation will occur within 48 hours of the group. Should this occur, you would be offered an alternative support option or will be refunded your booking.

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.

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.