Provides phone based assessment, brief intervention, support, referral and appropriate communication with treating health professionals. BETRS provides a smooth ‘easy in easy out, easy back’ approach to accessing services.
Comprehensive assessments conducted by clinical professionals within the multidisciplinary team inform tailored treatment plans. The treatment plans specify the range of interventions required to best meet the needs identified throughout the assessment. Assessment by the team precedes access to any of the treatment services at BETRS.
BETRS has a strong commitment to working in collaboration with families and carers where possible. We utilise a single session approach to support families to identify their needs and create a plan together to support them. This can include family work as part of the treatment offered at BETRS or linking in with appropriate community supports.
CBT-E is a specific manualised treatment written by Christopher Fairburn (Fairburn, 2008). It is comprised of four stages of treatment – initially focussing on establishing real time food diary recording, collaborative weighing and regular eating patterns followed by addressing the maintaining factors of the eating disorder through cognitive challenges and behavioural experiments.
BETRS currently offer the 20 session version of CBT-E which involves 20 sessions over 20 weeks. Suitability for CBT-E treatment is determined during the assessment phase.
The Day Patient Program (DPP) is an alternative to inpatient care and can also be a useful step in the transition to home after intensive inpatient treatment. Length of stay in the program is determined by individually established goals and progress. The program is free but small costs are involved (for example the cost of meals during social outings).
The DPP facilitates the recovery process for people with a low BMI who are motivated to undertake health restoration and the management of disordered eating behaviors.
The program is an open, structured group program that supports participants to achieve individually negotiated health restoration goals. Groups focus on supporting motivation and managing feelings while working on health related goals. Meal support is provided as part of the program.
Group sessions include:
- Diary review
- Nutrition education
- Coping skills
- Art space
- Goal setting
- Keys to recovery
- Social eating challenges
The DPP runs on weekdays during normal business hours.
A specialist inpatient program is available for people whose needs have not been met in a community-based treatment setting. The unit is a tertiary regional service primarily aimed at adults with Anorexia Nervosa and uses a structured psychotherapeutic approach. The Inpatient program has two arms:
A medical rescue service aimed at people with significant medical compromise secondary to their eating disorder who require urgent nutritional and health restoration
A longer term therapeutic arm for those patients who are actively seeking inpatient treatment to assist in long term recovery from their eating disorder.
Admissions to the program are arranged following agreement with the Consultant in charge of the program. Most routine requests for an admission should be referred to the BETRS Intake Service between 9.30am and 11.30am Monday to Friday on 9231 5718.