Eating Disorders | EDFA Carer Clinician Workshop Series

****Carer Scholarships now available!

Go to costs and registrations page***


We’re proud to bring out to Australia from the USA three of the founders of TBT-S who are revolutionising treatment for adults and their carers/families.

Laura hill.jpg

Dr Laura Hill

Centre for Balanced Living, Columbus, OHIO

Steph Knatz.jpg

Dr Stephanie Knatz-Peck

Eating Disorders Program, University of California San Diego

Christine Wierenga.jpg

Dr Christina Wierenga

Eating Disorders Program, University of California San Diego

For more information on all our speakers, click HERE

Temperament Based Therapy with Supports (TBT-S)

workshops and training

Temperament-Based Therapy with Supports (previously known as NEW FED TR) is a new treatment approach focused on integrating cutting edge information about the brain-basis of eating disorders into treatment. TBT-S focuses on arming clinicians with experiential activities and highly-focused skills to teach clients and carers/supports reasons that eating disorders occur, and concrete and applicable skills that can be used to combat disordered eating behavior. Clinicians and carers learn how to address eating behavior in EDs from a brain basis based on the latest information from a neuroscientific perspective. Studies evaluating TBT-S suggest that the effect of approaching treatment from a scientific perspective, as is taught in TBT-S,  leads to high client and carer satisfaction, enhancing both clients’  and supports/carers’ motivation to engage in treatment and a higher degree of self-efficacy.

Come & learn from the founders of TBT-S about this new evidence informed multi-family treatment  for patients 16 and over with Anorexia Nervosa (AN). The temperament‐focused treatment combines psychoeducation of AN neurobiology and involvement of supports (families/carers) to develop skills to manage traits contributing to disease chronicity. Both the one day workshop and the 4 day training will address how to 

  • better manage eating disorder symptoms by working with AN traits

  • reduce mealtime avoidance and distress

  • increase effectiveness of client-support interactions to support recovery

Carers will come away with greater understanding about what is driving the eating disorders​ and valuable skills for working with their loved one.

For the 4 day training, this is a unique opportunity to be trained to deliver their intensive 5-day 40-hour multi-family format which includes neurobiological psychoeducation, client and support skills-training, meal planning & coaching, & development of a behavioral agreement plan. The TBT-S training will deliver hands-on training on activities and skills that are evidence-informed, which can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or in concert with other treatments in clinical settings. All clinical skills learnt can be used in one on one work with clients & their families; or the 5 day multi-family format can be adapted in less intense formats. 


EDFA is keen to see models of care in the Australian adult (16+) system which uses the resources of families and carers to the best effect and is evidence based. TBT-S has been rated as outstanding by both the clients and their supports (carers) with all participants valuing the psychoeducation provided, the collaborative treatment planning and the way understanding neurobiology can  used to encourage recovery oriented behaviours. 
Anorexia Nervosa treatment has improved enormously over the last decade or so in the younger population with the introduction of families in Family Based Treatment. The features of Anorexia Nervosa (lack of motivation and egosyntonicity) which make involvement of families in this age group so valuable do not go away with becoming an adult. It appears that as TBT-S fills in so many questions by clients and supports/carers about the illness, that client motivation to change increases, instead of decreases as has been the case with other treatment modalities.This model works with supports to provide a collaborative and structured environment to support the person with AN to engage in and maintain healthy behaviours.

One Day Introduction to TBT-S Workshop

In a one day format, clinicians and carers will learn about the following

  • Basics of neurobiology of eating disorders

  • Menu of traits & heritability

  • Developing neurobiology literacy (clinicians and carers):  

  • Using neurobiological understanding to work with the person with AN & their family/supports

  • Negotiating and developing behavioural contracts

  • Helpful tools for family/supports and clients

Carers will come away with greater understanding about what is driving the eating disorders​ and valuable skills for working with their loved one. 

Clinicians: please note that the one day event is Day 1 of the 4 day training. It will set the basics upon which the rest of the training will draw from

EDFA has deliberately brought clinicians and carers together for this day to recognise that both are critical members of the team and can learn from each other as well as the TBT-S presenters. 

To register click HERE

Female Lecturer

TBT-S 4 day training

The 4 day training will provide you knowledge and skills to provide TBT-S in more extensive settings, such as a 5-day format, or in weekly inpatient and outpatient individual and group settings. By the end of the training you will understand:

  • What, why, how and when to apply TBT-S

  • Temperament and brain-based skills for both client and supports

  • Temperament and brain-based explanations for symptoms and using skills

  • Optimal use of the multifamily* format in TBT-S

  • Demonstrations of experiential activities highlighting symptoms

It is a highly interactive training that offers continual opportunities to practice new clinical language and treatment tools.  

Attendees at this workshop will receive a package of resources. For the full suite of resources available to run the program, attendees will be able to access the TBT-S E-Text at an exclusive 30% off the full price during the training period only (

Walk away at the end of this training able to both deliver the 5-day intensive multi family format and/or incorporate the experiential components and principles of neuroscience into your existing treatment delivery model

*Multifamily therapy involves several families working together to share knowledge, skills and experience of living with an eating disordered family member. They may meet in intensive groups over several days and/or on a regular basis over the course of many months

To register click HERE

Networking Event

The Series Schedule

February 11: Auckland 1 Day (Carers)

February 11: Auckland 1 Day (Clinicians)

February 15: Sydney 1 Day (Clinicians and Carers) FLYER

February 18: Brisbane 1 Day (Clinicians and Carers) FLYER

February 18-21: Brisbane 4 day TBT-S training (Clinicians) FLYER

February 25: Melbourne 1 Day (Clinicians and Carers) FLYER

February 25-28: Melbourne 4 day TBT-S training (Clinicians) FLYER

March 5: Adelaide 1 Day (Clinicians and Carers) FLYER

March 7: Perth 1 Day (Clinicians and Carers) FLYER

To register to any of the above events go to our event booking page HERE

Our Partners

Working Together

We’re proud to present our list of partners for these events. Without the support of these organizations, we wouldn’t have the resources, venues and funds necessary to organize this powerful and unforgettable event.

Queensland Eating Disorder Service (QuED
Inside out.png
Untitled design (26)_edited.png
CEED_FinalLogo_Blue small.jpg
WA Eating Disorders Outreach & Consultat

Our Supporters

Working Together

We’re proud to present our list of sponsors for this series of events. The support of these companies are making this as affordable as possible and supporting attendance. 

Interested in becoming a supporter? We always welcome the opportunity to develop new partnerships, so get in touch if you’d like to learn more.

Untitled design (1).jpg

Get in Touch

Thanks for submitting!