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Carer program | Collaborative Care Skills

Learn new skills to help your loved one overcome an eating disorder.

Caring for a person with an eating disorder is a long-term and skilled commitment. Yet families are often expected to provide care without any training or support.

In this workshop, facilitated by qualified clinicians, you’ll develop practical skills to support your loved one with an eating disorder in their progress towards recovery.

With evidence-based strategies, this workshop will help you:

  • Understand how eating disorders affect behaviours and what might be happening for your loved one
  • Care for yourself
  • Identify your caring style and how you can adapt it to help your loved one
  • Manage difficult behaviour
  • Gain new skills to encourage your loved one’s recovery.

Note: all our face-to-face programs are virtual, due to COVID-19. You will receive personalised support through a small group video-conferencing format.

Professor Janet Treasure and her team developed at South London and Maudsley Mental Health Trust developed Collaborative Care Skills Workshops (CCSW) based on a comprehensive model of carer coping.

These workshops were designed to improve carers’ well-being, coping strategies, and problem-solving skills by modifying communication patterns and teaching carers the basic principles of motivational interviewing.  These are based on the Maudsley approach.

CCSW is an evidence-based carer intervention that has been shown to reduce psychological distress, burden, expressed emotion and emotional over-involvement in carers of people experiencing an eating disorder. CCSW was introduced and researched for the first time outside the UK by A/Prof Geneviève Pépin and A/Prof Ross King in 2008 at Deakin University, Geelong. Since this time the workshops have be offered across Australia.

The basic content includes:

  • An explanation of the complex nature of the illness
  • Support skills to overcome isolation
  • Understanding the process of change
  • Understanding the processes (individual and interpersonal) involved in maintaining eating disorder behaviours
  • Understanding the difficulty of getting the correct balance between overprotection with the need for courage to grow
  • Managing the tendency to adopt coercive strategies that can increase the determination not to change. Understanding how  these polar forces often can split the support team as people pull in different directions or get sidelined
  • Adopting and sharing skills to regulate intense emotions
  • Becoming an emotional coach who can attend, validate, label and then address (soothe) emotional needs
  • An ethos of persistence and determination that can power small change steps
  • A collaborative approach with a support team including health professionals and friends and family.

Anyone caring for a loved one experiencing or recovering from an eating disorder, whether they are a family member, friend, colleague or partner.

Upcoming workshops

Where: Tasmania – weekends program via Zoom
Saturday 12th and Saturday 19th November
Time: 8.30am-1:00pm (AEST/AEDT)
Register by: Register by 9th November, places limited

Fee: FREE (Thanks to support by the Crown through the Tasmanian Department of Health.)

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Where: New South Wales and ACT – via Zoom
2022 Dates coming soon.
Time: TBD
Where: NSW/ACT Participants only please – Online via Zoom
Fee: A reduced fee is available for this online format of $50/participant or $70/couple

Funding is currently being sought to run this program. Please contact for details.

Can’t attend the face-to-face course?

Find out about our free online carers workshop for anyone caring for someone with an eating disorder, anywhere in Australia.