Meet Belinda Caldwell, who is among other things a Carer Consulant at CEED. Also: update on New Jersey case of "late-terminal anorexia," a few tips for holidays, and listener comments. Show notes at Circum Mensam.
Ready for episode 2? Catch up on eating disorder news and learn to pronounce "anosognosia." And learn about those on the leading edge of changes in how parents are involved with eating disorder treatment and how it relates to changes in how we understand eating disorders. Show notes HERE.
It's a terrible moment: a family realizes that the accumulation of strange behaviors and odd beliefs and health issues have a name: eating disorder. There's so much to learn, and even unlearn, and so much of it contradictory.
Well, here's a tool for everyone. For the family, for extended family, for teachers and coaches and non-specialists as well. The AED Guide to Medical Care can be shared with your family physician, your loved one's school, and shared with everyone who needs to understand what is going on and what needs to be done now. If you are in need of the facts in one place your first stop can be the Academy for Eating Disorders "purple brochure." It's reliable, it's up to date, and it is available in several languages.
It's also free! Download the Guide and print it out. Read it, and share it. Eating disorders are serious but also TREATABLE. The first step is good medical intervention and finding a treatment team for the family to work with, with no delay.
It's out! The first episode of the New Plates podcast is available. Listen to eating disorder professionals, parents, and advocates talking about the question: "Why include families, and parents, during eating disorder treatment?"
Listen now, and subscribe. Also: add your voice byleaving a voice message.
You know me. I’ve been an international advocate for parents for more than 10 years now. I’ve worked with eating disorder professionals, researchers, advocates and the public to raise awareness of evidence-based treatment and parent inclusion. You know the organizations I helped found: F.E.A.S.T., Maudsley Parents, and Charlotte’s Helix. You may even have been there when I received one of the greatest honors of my life: the Meehan/Hartley Award for Public Service and/or Advocacy from the Academy for Eating Disorders.
You have often served alongside me as we’ve lobbied, organized conferences, and worked on projects like the World Wide Charter for Action on Eating Disorders and World Eating Disorder Day.
For years now I’ve been honored to be brought in to give feedback on clinic policies, to review literature, teach classes, and provide my perspective as a longtime parent peer mentor and advocate. I did this happily, and as a volunteer, with as much time as I could spare from my life as a mother and a writer.
Now, it really is my full-time job. I am very pleased to announce Circum Mensam, the company through which I am offering consulting services to clinics, individual clinicians, and organizations. It will be the same work – analysis, troubleshooting, educating – but with the benefit of my many years of relationships and travel and insider knowledge of the clinical and the family side of eating disorder treatment and the freedom to travel and focus on the provider side of the equation.
I am pleased, in fact tickled, to report that although I am only now announcing the company I have already been working with clients and hired for engagements in 2017.
I want to work with you. I look forward to helping you and your organization improve outcomes through mobilizing parents during treatment. I believe in and have seen the power of effective clinical-family teamwork. I am all too familiar with the logistical and training barriers to implementing family centered care. I know the difficulties that come with changing paradigms and getting teams on the “same page.”
AND, more news. I now host a podcast called New Plates, which will spotlight some of the excellent work going on around the world in family-centered care for eating disorders. You will hear from leaders in the field and from professionals just starting out. And of course, from families who have benefited from excellent family-inclusive care.
I hope you will listen, and perhaps BE MY GUEST on the show. I learn from all of you every day and I see the lifesaving, future-saving, family-saving work you do. I look forward to sharing your voices and your wisdom.
Laura (Collins) Lyster-Mensh
Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh