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Faculty for Eating Disorders Conference and AGM: The FREED Project: A Novel Early Intervention Service for Young Adults

30 November 2016 - 30 December 2016 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
This event is free and open to members of the DCP Faculty for Eating Disorders only. Registration is required.
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Eating disorders (ED) predominantly affect adolescents and young adults. Untreated symptoms have lasting effects on brain, body and behaviour. Evidence supports the need for effective intervention in early stage illness. However, individual and service-related barriers often prevent the early detection and treatment of ED.

The aim of this workshop is to describe our experience setting up and running FREED (First Episode Rapid Early Intervention for ED), a novel service for young people (aged 18-25) with recent eating disorder onset (< 3 years), embedded in a specialist adult UK National Health Service ED service.
We will first provide the rationale for early intervention. Using group discussion and feedback, we will explore the challenges of early intervention in participants’ practice / service. We will describe the service model and practicalities of setting up and running this service.

We encourage joint sharing with participants on how we seek to engage young people and their families in active recovery. This will include live video footage and discussion of how we tailor treatment to early intervention clients, followed by small group reflection and discussion. We will also present data on the feasibility, acceptability and clinical outcomes of FREED and its impact on duration of untreated eating disorder (DUED) and on wait-times for assessment and treatment. We will include video feedback from clients and carers. Finally, there will be questions and discussion.

BPS London Office
30 Tabernacle Street,

Nearest tube stations: Moorgate (Circle and Hammersmith and City) and Old Street (Northern Line City branch)

Event Location: 


Danielle Glennon

Vicki Mountford

Learning objectives

Following the training, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the importance of early intervention in the ED
  2. Appraise the challenges of implementing early intervention in a service
  3. Apply adapted techniques and information with this client group.

This event will include the DCP Faculty for Eating Disorders AGM.

This event is free and open to members of the DCP Faculty for Eating Disorders only. However prior registration is required.

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