Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder
The New Maudsley Method
Routledge – 2007 – 248 pages
Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder equips carers with the skills and knowledge needed to support and encourage those suffering from an eating disorder, and to help them to break free from the traps that prevent recovery.
Through a coordinated approach, this book offers information alongside detailed techniques and strategies, which aim to improve professionals' and home carers' ability to build continuity and consistency of support for their loved ones. The authors use evidence-based research and personal experience, as well as practical support skills, to advise the reader on a number of difficult areas in caring for someone with an eating disorder. These include:
This book is essential reading for both professionals and families involved in the care and support of anyone with an eating disorder. It will enable the reader to use the skills, information and insight gained to help change eating disorder symptoms.
"This book will help you cope better with the challenge of helping your loved one recover. Although intended for carers, this book should be mandatory reading for professionals involved in the treatment of people with an eating disorder." - Eric F. van Furth, Ph.D. President, Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), Clinical Director, Center for Eating Disorders, Leidschendam, The Netherlands
"This book will be a wonderful resource for parents, friends and families of those who suffer from eating disorders." - Kitty Westin, President, The Anna Westin Foundation
"Few books provide specific guidance for family members about how they can help their children, siblings, partners, and spouses who are struggling with an eating disorder. This book is an exception." - James Lock, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Stanford University and author of 'Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder'
"The combination of practical suggestions, real life situations and a sound theoretical basis in the Maudsley model make this book invaluable for any family with a loved one struggling to overcome an eating disorder." - Susan Ringwood, Chief Executive Officer of beat
"In bygone days parents were blamed when a young person developed an eating disorder. The authors dismiss this injustice and instead focus on carers learning the skills necessary to help those they care for overcome their eating disorder. The advice is subtle and is derived from the practical experience of professionals treating sufferers from eating disorders." – Gerald Russell, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, The Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK
"I would highly recommend that health professionals buy this manual and in turn recommend it to anyone involved in the care of someone with an eating disorder. It is the type of book the whole family can benefit from." - Gillian Todd, Psychological Medicine, Vol. 39, 2009
"This book continues to be a very useful resource to me to help equip and support carers of those with an eating disorder and I would highly recommend it to therapists who work in this area." - Carol Wain, ITA News, July 2010
Preface. Shifting Responsibility - The Lived Experience of an Eating Disorder. Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder - First Steps. Working with a Joint Understanding of the Illness - Basic Facts about Eating Disorders. Which Kind of Carer are You? Stress, Strain and Developing Resilience. Consequences - Understanding Medical Risk. Understanding Change. Communication. Interpersonal Relationships. Modelling Emotional Intelligence and Problem-solving Skills. Managing Undereating. How to Help with Bingeing and Overeating. Managing Difficult Behaviours. Reflection, Review - and Relaxation.
Professor Janet Treasure is a leading figure in the field of eating disorders. She is a psychiatrist at Guy’s Hospital, King's College London, and has specialised in the treatment of eating disorders for over 25 years.
Gráinne Smith, author and former teacher, has talked to hundreds of carers, both family and professional, on local and national helplines as well as at meetings and conferences, since her adult daughter - who is now well - was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, binge/purge type.
Anna Crane, a medical student at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’, London, took a year out of her studies to recover from her own eating disorder. Following her return to health, Anna’s main interest and determination lie in promoting the early recognition and treatment of eating disorders.