Volume 2 Supplement 1

Proceedings of the 2014 Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) Conference: Driven Bodies Driven Brains

Open Access

A Grandparent in the room: multiple family therapy for adolescents

  • Carol Smith1Email author,
  • Julie Potts1,
  • Kimberly Hoiles1 and
  • Uli O'Sullivan1
Journal of Eating Disorders20142(Suppl 1):P13

DOI: 10.1186/2050-2974-2-S1-P13

Published: 24 November 2014

Objective

To provide a descriptive clinical perspective on the introduction and development of Multiple Family Therapy Groups for Day Patients and Outpatients at Princess Margaret Hospital, Perth Western Australia. Challenges will be discussed including motivation, integration and application with view to sharing with the audience the pitfalls and possibilities of this dynamic approach combining family and group therapies.

Method

Retrospective clinical perspectives, a composite case and literature review will be presented to highlight the exploration and evolution of a multiple family therapy groups.

Discussion

The focus of discussion will be on lessons learnt about the process of adapting clinical treatments within existing service frameworks including strategy for motivating and engaging both staff and patients in the process of change.

Findings

With creativity and collaboration, multiple family therapies can be integrated within existing treatment frameworks, research grants can facilitate the process of program development and extended families can become important treatment allies.

Conclusion

Multiple family therapy can be adapted to fit existing service frameworks and offers new possibilities for engagement with the adolescent and their wider family system. Grandparents, siblings, uncles and aunties are all resources in the treatment of an adolescent with an eating disorder, and can offer alternative portals of hope and support in the recovery process.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Eating Disorders Program, Specialised Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Department of Health in Western Australia

Copyright

© Smith et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.

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