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SCHN Eating Disorder Intensive Program for Adolescents

Sydney Children’s Hospital Network and the Butterfly Foundation have teamed up to create a new service for adolescents with an eating disorder.

The program is a state wide service offering comprehensive multidisciplinary care. It is specifically designed for adolescents who have not progressed with previous treatment programs. The clinical interventions are tailored to address the specific barriers adolescents with an eating disorder experience by increasing their capacity to cope with distress and the challenge of eating. Family participation is an essential component of the program and the team work intensively with parents to help participants progress and address the impact of the illness on themselves and their family. 

Participation requires daily attendance by the young person throughout the week and regular meetings for families for up to one school term. It includes supported meals, individual, group, family and multi-family therapy as well as a school program with transition to appropriate post program options. The therapeutic work utilises the fundamentals of family based treatment, dialectical behavioural therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, Loughborough Eating Disorders Activity Therapy Program and cognitive remediation therapy as standard.

One component of the day program is the Multi Family Group (MFG). The program also accepts referrals to utilise MFG as standalone intervention to compliment current community treatment.

Multi Family Group Program is an engaging and activity-based format for treating Anorexia Nervosa in young people. During MFG up to 8 families meet for a 4-day intensive workshop and then for 6 single workshop days over the following 9 months with a small team of therapists and medical staff. MFG can be utilised as a standalone intervention to compliment current treatment in community.

The program team is multi-disciplinary consisting of clinical psychologists, social workers, dietician, nurse consultant, paediatrician and psychiatrist.

Contact us on (02) 9467 8100 to find out more information about the service.

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