BodyMatters is delighted to provide a variety of services to compliment therapy. In particular, we offer regular support groups on Saturday evenings:

Click on the calendar below to register or find out more.

Commencing from February 2019 we will be running structured support groups for parents and carers on Monday nights. These alternate each month depending on the age of your loved one. Nourishing Parents is a 3x 2 hour program for parents of younger sufferers (aged 18 and under) who are undertaking Maudsley Family Therapy. Nourishing Carers 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
9
Wed
RO-DBT Training
Oct 9 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Self-control, the ability to inhibit competing urges, impulses, or behaviors is highly valued by most societies. However, excessive self-control has been linked to social isolation, aloof interpersonal functioning, maladaptive perfectionism, constricted emotional expressions, and difficult-to-treat mental health problems, such as anorexia nervosa, obsessive compulsive personality disorder and refractory depression.

The aim of this workshop is to introduce clinicians to the theoretical foundations and new skills underlying Radically Open-Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT) for disorders of overcontrol (Lynch, in press). RO DBT is fully manualized and supported by three randomized controlled trials (RCTs) for refractory depression, two open-trials targeting adult Anorexia Nervosa, and one non-randomized trial targeting treatment resistant overcontrolled adults.

While resting on many of the core principles of standard DBT, the therapeutic strategies in RO-DBT are often substantially different. For example, RO-DBT contends that emotional loneliness represents the core problem for overcontrol, not emotion dysregulation. The biosocial theory for overcontrol posits that heightened threat sensitivity and diminished reward sensitivity transact with early family experiences emphasizing “mistakes as intolerable” and “self-control as imperative” to result in an overcontrolled coping style that limits opportunities to learn new skills and exploit positive social reinforcers. A novel thesis linking the communicative functions of emotional expression to the formation of close social bonds will be introduced, as well as new skills emphasizing receptivity, self-enquiry and flexible responding. New approaches designed to activate a neurobiological-based social-safety system, signal cooperation, and encourage genuine self-disclosure will be introduced using slides, handouts, video clips, and role plays.

Learning objectives:

Upon completion of this one-day training, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain a new biosocial theory for Over-Control
  2. Describe the RO DBT treatment structure
  3. Describe new RO DBT treatment strategies designed to enhance willingness for self-inquiry and flexible responding
  4. Describe the RO DBT treatment hierarchy
  5. Describe a novel treatment mechanism positing open expression = trust = social connectedness
  6. List examples of strategies designed to improve pro-social cooperative signaling via activation of the parasympathetic nervous system’s social-safety system

Pricing:

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

*nb student ID required

Oct
11
Fri
Supporting your child with an eating disorder (MFBT parents)
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Nourishing Parents is a small semi-structured support group held over three consecutive weeks. The program was developed by Belinda Caldwell, Carer Consumer Consultant & the Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders, in conjunction with the Austin Hospital, Melbourne to help parents of young people newly diagnosed with an Eating Disorder to get a “head start” on Family Based Therapy. The aim is to provide guidance, education and support in facing the challenges of FBT for families about to commence treatment. To gain the most benefit from the program it is recommended parents attend all three sessions as different content is covered each week.

NB Minimum Numbers 3

Oct
12
Sat
Binge Eating Support Group
Oct 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

For anyone experiencing binge eating symptoms. We welcome people of all shapes and sizes. This is an unstructured support group.

Oct
18
Fri
Supporting your child with an eating disorder (MFBT parents)
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Nourishing Parents is a small semi-structured support group held over three consecutive weeks. The program was developed by Belinda Caldwell, Carer Consumer Consultant & the Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders, in conjunction with the Austin Hospital, Melbourne to help parents of young people newly diagnosed with an Eating Disorder to get a “head start” on Family Based Therapy. The aim is to provide guidance, education and support in facing the challenges of FBT for families about to commence treatment. To gain the most benefit from the program it is recommended parents attend all three sessions as different content is covered each week.

NB Minimum Numbers 3

Oct
19
Sat
Recovery Support Group
Oct 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Anyone who identifies as being in recovery from an eating disorder is invited to attend. All shapes and sizes are welcome. This is an unstructured support group.

Oct
25
Fri
Supporting your child with an eating disorder (MFBT parents)
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Nourishing Parents is a small semi-structured support group held over three consecutive weeks. The program was developed by Belinda Caldwell, Carer Consumer Consultant & the Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders, in conjunction with the Austin Hospital, Melbourne to help parents of young people newly diagnosed with an Eating Disorder to get a “head start” on Family Based Therapy. The aim is to provide guidance, education and support in facing the challenges of FBT for families about to commence treatment. To gain the most benefit from the program it is recommended parents attend all three sessions as different content is covered each week.

NB Minimum Numbers 3

Nov
8
Fri
Supporting your loved one with an eating disorder (all other parents, carers, siblings, partners)
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Nourishing Carers is a small semi-structured support group held over three consecutive weeks. The program was developed by the Centre for Clinical Education to help parents, carers and partners of adult sufferers to support their loved one through the recovery process. The aim is to provide guidance, education and support in facing the typical challenges experienced by parents, carers and partners in supporting a loved one. To gain the most benefit from the program it is recommended participants attend all three sessions as different content is covered each week.

NB Minimum Numbers 3

Nov
9
Sat
Binge Eating Support Group
Nov 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

For anyone experiencing binge eating symptoms. We welcome people of all shapes and sizes. This is an unstructured support group.

Nov
15
Fri
Supporting your loved one with an eating disorder (all other parents, carers, siblings, partners)
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Nourishing Carers is a small semi-structured support group held over three consecutive weeks. The program was developed by the Centre for Clinical Education to help parents, carers and partners of adult sufferers to support their loved one through the recovery process. The aim is to provide guidance, education and support in facing the typical challenges experienced by parents, carers and partners in supporting a loved one. To gain the most benefit from the program it is recommended participants attend all three sessions as different content is covered each week.

NB Minimum Numbers 3

Nov
16
Sat
Recovery Support Group
Nov 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Anyone who identifies as being in recovery from an eating disorder is invited to attend. All shapes and sizes are welcome. This is an unstructured support group.