As a professional who works sufferers of eating disorders and their families, I can highly recommend buying this. It is very clear and uses the most common situations that families will find themselves in.
Many families are thrown into a head spin when an eating disorder presents. This can cause shock, surprise, fear and many other emotions that can make each family react in lots of ways. With the help of this DVD, I can see that it will go a very long way to helping the family find their own resources and power to help their loved on to recover.
Using an evidence based model - The New Maudsley Approach, it guides the viewer through the techniques that will help to sidestep many of the confrontations and arguments that are present when trying to support someone with an eating disorder. The strength of this DVD is that it beautifully demonstrates that the family are a powerful resource in supporting the sufferer toward recovery rather than the often held myth of being the cause.
The DVD is presented in the way in which it helps the viewer to learn the skills by firstly describing the situation and demonstrating the typical ways in which things can go wrong, then coaching the viewer into understanding the skills needed, then demonstrating the techniques by returning the scenario.
The main drive of the DVD is to demonstrate the skills of motivational interviewing, but you won't need to go away and read about this technique before watching the DVD, It's all in there for you to learn.
The viewer will also see repeated themes such as separating the illness from the sufferer, encouraging them to see 'the bigger picture', learning the art of 'curious questioning', looking out for 'eating disorder talk', emotional recognition, the use of affirming statements and reflective listening. It also drives the message of hope and the focus that change is possible. It also helps the viewer understand their own approaches and emotional responses by using easy to remember animal analogies, again, presenting examples of this throughout the DVD.
My advice would be to watch the whole DVD and the scenarios in order for the first time. Expect the use of language to feel quite scripted and 'wooden' at first but it has been specifically done in this way to make the techniques very clear and obvious. With practice (and viewing the DVD several times at least) any family will be able to apply the techniques using their own language and in the ways they know their loved one will respond to. I am also very pleased that the DVD treats mistakes as normal and asks the viewer to consider them as learning opportunities. The key to this..? as with anything, BE PERSISTENT AND KEEP TRYING. This will take practice.
This DVD should be used in conjunction with the book "Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder: The New Maudsley Method" which is also available on Amazon. The two together are a powerful tool in tapping into the family's resources.
In summary, in my professional opinion, a well thought out training aid that will support very effective change if you are persistent and give yourselves time to get it right. Also, as a caution, some of the scenarios contain emotive language so view before you let your children see it..
To See the intro to the DVD (which is missing from the disk by the way !) go here: [...]
Mark Taylor - Specialist Practitioner (Eating Disorders) [...]
Our daughter has been diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa. This dvd complements very well Janet Treasure's guide for carers. It is invaluable in giving non-professionals an understanding and insight into dealing with everyday situations which, because of this terrible illness, can be emotionally fraught and draining for sufferer and carer alike. The dvd fleshes out the ideas and suggestions contained in the book. In my opinion, you really need both. The scenes appear wooden but this is actually an advantage as it allows you to focus on the dialogue. When you are in this very dark place, you need all the help you can get. Thank god for people like Janet Treasure. Thank god for her books. Thank god for this dvd.
An excellent DVD which is so helpful for anyone caring for someone with an eating disorder. It compliments Janet Treasures book and gives realistic examples of how parents/loved ones can support and encourage healthier eating. Thank you for producing this resource. Gill Wilson www.eatingdisordersdevon.co.uk
I am a Japanese psychiatrist. There are few specialists in Eating Disorders, who are too busy with seeing patients themselves to provide effective skills for carers, even for medical and welfare staffs in Japan. Workshop for carers is quite rare in spite of its rising needs. Some carers have to wait for it, some lives in too distant place from where it is held and others have no time to participate in it regularly. The book of "Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder: The New Maudsley Method" was translated into Japanese. It is useful for such carers but this great DVD is more helpful, convenient and easy to learn the skills for caring. I really hope the publication of Japanese version of the DVD. It must improve the helpless situation of Eating Disorders and save carers and their loved one in Japan. So do all over the world.