Butterfly’s Outpatient Program for Young People (Youth Program) is a 10 week therapeutic group program providing early intervention for young people with emerging eating disorders.
The Youth Program is for individuals aged 14 to 24 years who have early signs and symptoms of an eating disorder and/or disordered eating.
Research shows the earlier the treatment for an eating disorder, the higher the success rate.
The Youth Program is unique in targeting early intervention in an accessible and affordable format.
It’s designed to help young people with an eating disorder or emerging eating disorder overcome obstacles affecting their quality of life. It provides intensive support, whilst enabling them to continue with school, university and/or work.
The program pilot site is Crows Nest, Sydney. Our aim is to roll the program out into the community in across Australia. The program attempts to fit in with everyday life. Group sessions run Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:00pm - 9:00pm for 10 weeks.
To find out about treatment options for other states and territories, please contact the Butterfly National Helpline (1800 ED HOPE).
The Program is designed to be affordable at $120 per week. However, if the costs of treatment are a barrier, through the generous support of Sportsgirl, participants can apply for financial assistance.
The primary treatment approach of the Youth Program is enhanced cognitive therapy (CBT-E), as developed by Christopher Fairburn, and is also based on Carolyn Costin’s work.
Carolyn Costin’s work draws on a number of evidence-based interventions (e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) that support behavioural experimentation and change. For example, the concepts of the ‘eating disorder self’ and ‘healthy self’ support a non-judgmental approach to discussing eating disorder thoughts and behaviours that works with resistance to change. It also fosters the individual’s ‘healthy self’ to challenge the thoughts and behaviours supporting the eating disorder.
The Youth Program focuses on instilling the belief that recovery is possible, as feeling hopeless or powerless is common in people experiencing an eating disorder or disordered eating.
The group therapy sessions in the Youth Program focus on:
The environment of the Youth Program reflects the following:
We work closely with clinicians currently caring for participants, such as their GP, dietitian or psychologist. We may also refer participants to external clinicians during or after the program whereappropriate.
After completing the program, all participants receive regular follow-up and support, with some receiving further intensive support. The level of support needed is assessed by our clinical team in consultation with the participant and their family.
Rachel is a registered psychologist and Clinical Manager of Treatment. She provides therapeutic intervention in both the IOP and the Youth Program. Her background is in community acute mental health services specialising in treatments for trauma, self-harm and eating disorders. Rachel comes to the Butterfly Foundation with an eclectic treatment approach including DBT, CBT-E, IPT, ACT and a cup of tea. She believes in creating strong therapeutic relationships and supports her clients to develop a healthy relationship with food and their bodies through skill development, role modelling and instilling hope that full recovery is possible.
Rachel also works as a registered psychologist at Shape Your Mind which is a specialised eating disorder treatment service.
Ashlea Hambleton is a provisionally registered psychologist, currently completing a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Ashlea has completed research with the University of Newcastle exploring generational patterns of anxiety as well as the lived experience of self harm. Her passion is working with individuals and their families whom are effected by eating disorders. Ashlea works in both the IOP and the Youth Program and has a compassionate, authentic approach with a readiness to be flexible in supporting her clients to build rich and meaningful lives. Ashlea utilises various treatment models; including, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Enhanced, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Maudsley Family Based Therapy and Motivational Enhancement Therapy
Claire has worked for not-for-profit and health based organisations for the past 10 years. Her passion for health and wellbeing began after completing a project with a local charity, in rural India. Since then, Claire has spent a considerable amount of time working in developing countries. She is an enrolled nurse with many years’ experience in medical administration and management. When Claire is not working at The Butterfly Foundation, she is busy studying a degree in natural medicine.
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