Expert families and carers as members of the team forming therapeutic alliances
Increasingly services and clinicians are involving families as key members of the clinical team in order to form therapeutic alliances. Commencing with the roll out of FBT in Australia as the primary treatment for people under 18, the involvement of families in being seen as a valuable partnership for clinicians and services to form in order to support someone with an eating disorder to engage in helpful and health restoring behaviours 24/7.
For families looking for an eating disorder clinician, a great place to look is the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) which as a search tool for finding a clinician local to you. ANZAED is the peak professional association that supports and represents professionals who work in the field of Eating Disorders in Australia and is very committed to incorporating the lived experience of carers and consumers in their programs and resources through the recent establishment of the ANZAED Carer and Consumer Advisory Committee.
The Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders as an organisation in Victoria funded to support public eating disorder services with professional development, clinical consultation and service development. It has had a strong focus on supporting services and clinicians to integrate families into clinical teams, has a Carer Consultant available for services to access for supporting families in the clinical setting – and has a number of resources supporting clinicians and services to provide the best service possible to families. One key resource for families undertaking FBT is the Family Matters Tip Sheets which can be found in their resources and links section of their website.
Carers may find the Eating Disorders Care and Recovery Checklist for Carers developed by The Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders useful for ascertaining what steps and activities need to occur at certain times in the journey through a eating disorder