EATING DISORDERS

SYSTEMIC FAMILY INTERVENTION FOR EATING DISORDERS


Cohesion Counseling and Intervention Services

Eating disorders are physically destructive and can also cause emotional damage, to the afflicted and the loved ones around them. It is a serious health condition, which can result in hospitalization and even death. An early diagnosis can enhance recovery and treatment options.

EATING DISORDER INTERVENTION

Eating disorder intervention is conducted using a combination of systemic and invitational models of intervention. Unless it is absolutely necessary due to the circumstances of the client, the surprise model is avoided. Participation of concerned friends and family is critical in the motivation for the Identified Patient to become involved in the appropriate level of care and treatment services. Outcomes are achieved through a strong focus on positive communication and motivational interviewing techniques.

HOW IT WORKS

After the initial inquiry for services, a phone interview is conducted. There are several objectives for this call. First, we must understand the framework and scope of the problem, along with the history of any attempts and actions taken towards wellness. Secondly, we want to better educate our clients on the process of intervention, as it works more like a fluid timeline than any single event. And lastly, we will help outline all the moving parts that must work together in order to create a successful intervention for all those involved.

After the initial interview, the family will discuss moving forward with a contract for services. They will need to be available to participate in conference calls. Since treatment works in a fluid manner, communication and interactional changes may be required by the surrounding loved ones. Participation and availability become the POWER of THE GROUP. This latter detail may seem insignificant but it is what makes an intervention successful.

For an initial contract, a period of three months should be expected. It is during the initial three-month period that expanding the point-of-care timeline will be addressed.

After a contract is established, a series of conference calls will be scheduled, times will be agreed on by the family system. Thanks to technology, this step can be done locally or remotely, so family members do not all need to be in one location. Each person involved must have input. They must understand that the development of success will require patience, as it is a long-term approach.

The next step involves quite a bit of coaching from your interventionist. This is due to increasing the interaction level with the Identified Patient and beginning negotiations towards getting help for their problem. It is normal to need extra support from CohesionTN at this time. Texts, emails, conference and phone calls are the usual modes of communication.

Once the stage for treatment has been set by the family system, the interventionist will use the art of invitation to begin working directly with the Identified Patient, via the use of motivational interviewing and positive encouragement.

TANDEM SERVICES

CohesionTN will help you access treatment centers, doctors, therapists and other adjunct professionals for the eating disordered client. We navigate insurance resources within treatment centers to help you maximize your benefits. Assisting the family group in assessment of facility and choice of treatment, along with finding a qualified doctor, are all vital roles of your interventionist.

A medical work-up is to be expected for any client with an eating disorder. It helps health professionals obtain a baseline for organ function, nutritional deficiencies, weight, and BMI issues.

THE GOAL

The goal of an Eating Disorder Intervention is for all that participate to benefit from the experience and for the Identified Patient to receive the appropriate level of care, supervision, and treatment. It is also imperative that family members learn about eating disorders and what is happening to the Identified Patient, on an emotional level. Please note that some family group members may want to access individual therapy to help cope with their own emotional reactions to issues that arise during this process.