Genevieve Pepin
Associate Professor
Higher Degree Research Director
Deakin University, Australia

Session title
Occupational Therapy and Eating Disorders…. Seriously, it is that hard to understand?

Session details (CW & TW // eating disorders)
The main aim of this presentation is to share the evolution of the role of occupational therapists in the field of eating disorders. Through the journey of the presenter as a mental health and eating disorder clinician, links will be made with evidence-based treatment for people with eating disorders, the functional impact of eating disorders, engagement with families and carers of people with an eating disorder, and some uniquely occupational therapy perspectives and actions. Hurdles and successes will also be discussed. Case studies will illustrate the work of occupational therapists in this field as well as how our collaborative, client-centered, family-focus, and strength-based approach supports occupational participation and recovery.
This presentation will hopefully demonstrate that it is possible to remain occupation-focused and keep our occupational therapy unique contribution to the field of eating disorders while facilitating non-occupational therapy evidence-based interventions.

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