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A reminder that this article from our magazine Visions was published more than 1 year ago. It is here for reference only. Some information in it may no longer be current. It also represents the point of the view of the author only. See the author box at the bottom of the article for more about the contributor.

South Fraser's Team of 12

Briar Patterson

Reprinted from "Eating Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, No. 16, p. 31

Twelve passionate, enthusiastic and unbelievably talented team members embrace our eating disorders program. This is the first time the program has had a full complement of staff and we are raring to go! The team consists of a full-time therapist for the adult program, a full-time therapist for the child and youth program, sessional physicians one day per week for both programs, a pediatrician who assesses and admits complicated and acute clients, a part-time dietician one day per week shared between both adult and child and youth, a part-time family therapist two days per week, and a full-time nurse coordinator. There are two managers of the program, one based out of Surrey Memorial Hospital and one with the Ministry for Children and Family Development.

We’ve started the fall with some fantastic options for our clients and their families. We have a meal support group, a ‘Why weight?’ group, a family and friends support group, a psychoeducation group, and a surviving-the-Christmas-holiday group. All of our adult clients begin with our Readiness Motivational Interview, which is pioneering research developed by Dr. Josie Geller (see page 29), and has never been done before in the community programs. The results of these interviews provide us with the ability to tailor individual treatment plans through understanding where each client is at in terms of their recovery.

Our intake procedure has changed as we seek to improve our connection and integration with mental health. All referrals, both child and adult, are initially screened and triaged through the mental health centres. This provides the client with greater treatment options, as other possible mental health problems can be detected and treated early, thus assisting in their eating disorder recovery. In addition, the regional eating disorder committee will meet this month along with the eating disorder education network to ensure we are meeting the needs of the community.

We hope you didn’t miss our first annual fashion show, Bodylicious, which was held early in November at Clayton Heights Secondary School. This was in celebration of women’s natural sizes and features all-sizes-friendly stores such as Changes Boutique, Bodacious, and Reitmans. The evening presents a live band, entertainment, a silent auction, FOOD, and dishy fireman escorting our dashing models. The money raised supports the clients of the South Fraser Eating Disorder Program.

Sadly, our client list continues to grow as eating disorders continue to attack new victims. We try our best to get into local schools to provide positive body education. We wish there were more time for proactive eating disorder prevention, reaching young girls and boys before they have to see us at the clinic. However, here, at the South Fraser Eating Disorder Program, we have a team firmly committed to this fight, excited about the future treatment possibilities, and holding on to the hope and truth that our clients do get better.

About the author
Briar is the RN Program Coordinator of the South Fraser Eating Disorder Program. The program covers Surrey, Delta, White Rock, Tsawwassen, and Langley

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