By Dr Anthea Fursland
Webinar recorded Thursday 17 August, 2017
Early intervention significantly reduces the severity, duration and impact of an eating disorder, however, a lack of specialist eating disorder knowledge and long-waiting lists for specialist services often preclude this from occurring. In an effort to address the lengthy waiting lists at the Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) in Western Australia, a single session intervention (SSI) was developed. It was designed to incorporate a clinical assessment and the provision of psychoeducation. The SSI saw wait times for an assessment reduce, a decreased number of drop outs from the waiting list, and a reduction in symptomology after a single session alone. These findings suggest that those practitioners who are often the first port of call, can deliver an effective intervention at time of initial presentation.
Dr. Anthea Fursland will introduce the elements of the SSI and describe the early results from CCI data.
Anthea is A/Director of the Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) and also A/Director of the new WA Eating Disorders Outreach & Consultation Service (WAEDOCS). She has more than 35 years of experience in eating disorders, having worked in both the UK and the US.
Anthea is involved in applied clinical research, service development, supervision, consultation, training and education (of GPs, mental health practitioners and carers). She has trained and supervised clinicians throughout Australia in CBT-E. She has co-authored several peer-reviewed papers and created a web-based self-help resource on eating disorders: http://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/resources/infopax.cfm?Info_ID=48
Anthea is Past-President of the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders, on the Steering Committee of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration and is a Fellow of the international Academy of Eating Disorders.