BodyMatters is delighted to provide a variety of services to compliment therapy. Events that BodyMatters frequently host include:

  • Events to support people impacted by eating disorders and to support recovery *
  • Events for professional development **

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.

Body Image Boot Camp: How to Improve Body Image in our clients (Online) **
Mar 4 @ 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

  • 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.

Maudsley Family Therapy Skills 2 Day Training**
Apr 29 @ 9:00 am – Apr 30 @ 5:00 pm

Family Based Therapy (FBT) is an evidence-based eating disorder specific outpatient treatment first developed at the Maudsley Hospital in London in the 1980’s with further development in the USA (Stanford and Chicago) in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. A treatment manual was published in 2002 enabling FBT to be disseminated outside of these development sites. FBT is the current recommended first line treatment for adolescents with AN and first became available in Australia in 2003 at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead.

FBT integrates concepts from a number of family therapy models in a developmentally sensitive framework and holds the basic premise that parents are the best resource to help their child recover from anorexia nervosa. The treatment is organised around three treatment phases across 12 months. FBT commences with a focus on parental leadership of the young person’s nutritional recovery and finishes with a focus on adolescent issues. The treatment is suitable for adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa with a short course of illness.

Workshop Content

The aim of this workshop is to provide intensive practical training in the application of this model including:

  • Theoretical background, framework and the role of the multidisciplinary team
  • Detailed description of treatment phases, key sessions and the therapeutic process
  • Discussion of clinical issues and processes to enable successful implementation
  • Guided role plays to help develop participants micro skill development

Day 1 and 2 will cover all aspects of the model. The 4 online evening sessions will focus on clinical processes and problem solving within the model. 
At the completion of the workshop participants will have a good working knowledge of the model and will be able to consider using FBT in their clinical setting.

It is expected that clinicians attending will have –

  • Professional training and skills in child and adolescent mental health care
  • Knowledge and experience with adolescent eating disorders
  • Previous experience working with families is an advantage


Dr Andrew Wallis is a Clinical Social Worker and Family Therapist. He has been working with adolescents and their families for more than 25 years. He is currently Co-lead of the Eating Disorder Service at Sydney Children’s Hospital Network – a tertiary service in Sydney, Australia. In 2003 with colleagues at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead, he established the first Family-Based Therapy program in Australia, and Multiple Family therapy for Anorexia Nervosa in 2014. He has been providing training, consultation and supervision in Australia and New Zealand for more than 15 years, helping to support public and private services to implement family therapy approaches to adolescent problems. Andrew has also been involved in FBT research with more than 25 peer reviewed papers and book chapters including his PhD research on the impact of Family Based Therapy on family relationships.


Location: The Crows Nest Centre- however we reserve the right to revert to online delivery subject to COVID.
Time: 9am – 5pm onthe 29th and 30th of April

** 20 Person Limit **


  • Regular: $800
  • Early bird special 10% off until 15 January
  • Student special: 10% off
  • Staff special 50% off
  • Uni placement special $75% off

This workshop is credentialed for NEDC.