It was to give parents positive strategies for dealing with children with eating disorders, and to support them in their everyday therapy, that MedUni Vienna set up the SUCCEAT project (Supporting Carers of Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders in Austria) exactly a year ago.
“Eating disorders are a huge challenge to the whole family. Parents and relatives often feel burdened, helpless and overwhelmed in dealing with young sufferers,” says Andreas Karwautz, head of the Eating Disorders Unit at the University Clinic of Neuropsychiatry of Childhood and Adolescence, part of the MedUni Vienna.
During the programme, parents and relatives are offered an email-based online self-help course, or a three-month workshop. These are open to relatives of children and young people suffering from anorexia or bulimia. The family members are given information and learn to offer support aimed at aiding the patients’ recovery and reducing their own stress.
“It is often particularly important to help those concerned to expand their horizons, to prevent all their thoughts and conversations from revolving around eating and food,” explains Gudrun Wagner of the University Clinic of Neuropsychiatry of Childhood and Adolescence.
The SUCCEAT programme is free of charge. Participants can register via www.succeat.at, while questions about the programme can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event: 21st Annual Meeting of the Eating Disorders Research Society
The international Eating Disorders Research Society meets in Taormina (Sicily) from 17 to 19 September 2015. Andreas Karwautz, who is also President of the Austrian Society for Child and Youth Psychiatry (ÖGKJP) until 2016, and Gudrun Wagner are both speaking at this event.
For more information, see: http://www.edresearchsociety.org/2015/
Event: 23rd International “Eating Disorders Alpbach” Conference
Austria’s biggest international eating disorders conference will take place from 15-17 October in Alpbach. For more information, see: www.netzwerk-essstoerungen.at. Info: http://www.netzwerk-essstoerungen.at.