Scope of Practice 

Our offerings are seperate to the services of our leading in/out-patient services and day program settings where individuals receive evidence-based treatment.

During our intake process, we enquire about an individual's existing supports and/or where appropriate, we compassionately ‘recommend’ engagement with alternative services and support options.

This is assessed on a case-by-base basis. We are guided by the national standards and best practice encouraging [where possible] a wrap-around approach, as well as potential engagement with in-patient/out-patient, private & public, sub or adjunct programs and other major services, generally from Coast to Coast [Sunshine-Gold Coast].

We acknowledge our limited capacities & simplistic offering, yet celebrate the unique ‘gathering’ that we offer, and believe that this is a space that offers an aspect of the healing journey, that is truly immense.

 
 

Nurturing a focus on the environment, gathering, connection and narrative. 

We are guided by a Narrative Therapeutic Framework; first developed by David Epston and Michael White. This therapeutic theory is founded on the idea that "people have many interacting narratives that go into making up their sense of who they are. Narrative Therapeutic techniques inquire into how these dominate narratives are influenced and shaped by cultural discourses about identity and power." Narrative therapy centers around a rich engagement in re-storying an individuals narrative by reconsidering, and re-authoring ones' preferred lives and relationships. [2011, Stephen Madigan, MSW, PhD].

We were first drawn to the power of this space, when invited to a presentation by Dr Arne Rubinstein, who discusses rights of passage & ceremony. The institute shares that,

"For thousands of years, Indigenous and traditional communities [of which Arne has closely worked with] recognised the importance of supporting individuals to transition safely from one stage of life to another through Rites of Passage. Marking these transitions were seen as fundamental in the growth, connectedness and health of an individual and community. " Arne indicates that story has been the way that wisdom and knowledge is passed on across time and space. Arne articulates that, "If we lecture or simply present well-formed knowings or knowledge, individuals won’t listen, but if they tell meaningful stories and engaging materials, they will sit there for hours."

Throughout this process Arne believes biochemically one “enters into a space of liminality” where old patterned behaviours, attitudes, patterns and perceptions become soft and from this state can be altered. This is common to those who travel, or are taken out of their everyday environment; perhaps in conversation with others, in the ambience of a music concert or theatrical play etc. “It is only through change that we can remain stable, it is invaluable to have external provocations that allow the nervous system to calm, to focus outwardly, have an opportunity to absorb, re-frame and re-write future thoughts." 

Central to this experience is gathering and slowing down. We aim to hold space that facilitates reflection, restoration, and centring the healthy self, amidst and integrated in Community. It is through diverse engagement that our participants find ways to weave narrative/s and lost skills that might have otherwise not be called upon. The ways we meet, are formed by the individuals, and together we call upon interests that continue to create a culture of acceptance, curiosity and intrigue. 

 
 

Community Organization Framework 

We acknowledge and celebrate the essential and life saving nature of our National Evidence Based Treatment Schemes across Eating Disorders & Eating Issues.

Here at endED, we seek to stay highly involved and relevant in the discourse of treatment revisions and growth across Eating Disorders and common
co-occurances. We are present at all [possible] conferences, seminars and webinars as well as actively involved in discussions to improve treatment approaches. We dedicate time and energy toward building relationships with clinicians [both clinical & holistic] across the state and nation-wide. We do so to stay present to the language, treatment goals and intentions prefaced across these spaces so that we can continue to orient to the matrix of integrated treatment processes.

Importantly, we want to acknowledge and celebrate our scope of practice. We wish to situate our space of ‘coming together’ as a momentary ‘softening’ or ‘resting’ where individuals are welcomed to gather, engage and find belonging in our multidisciplinary activities and allow space for the multiple healing processes to

.....land and find time for a process of ‘coming back to self’ or ‘coming to know a new way of being in the world.’

We wish to acknowledge that our scope of our practice is guided by a Community Organisation, one that focuses our time on;

- identifying common issues/goals
- mobilizing resources
- building alliances
- providing [a form of] continuity of care & connection
- development of strategies in order to align to the macro & micro needs and goals identified by the extended community

Here, we orient ourselves by Local, State and National Mental/Health Organisations Guidelines & Policy, as well as the QMHC Lived Experience Framework celebrating the value of Lived Experience to inform our decision making and diverse spaces of engagement. Though our continual active revision with these frameworks, we position ourselves as a key community voice/body that highlights, advocates and encourages visibility and connection in the ‘spaces in-between.' 

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Shared Meal Encounter 

We create time/space for a snack/lunch/dinner throughout our coming together. Depending on the activity, we will indicate whether we will visit a local café for takeaway or if we encourage a pre-prepared snack and/or meal. As facilitators, we mix it up so that every individual feel supported to “buy or bring.”

Our framework here is informed by Supportive Meal Therapy “The Shared Table” training provided through EDQ [Eating Disorders Queensland] funded by the LINK Innovation Fund, Metro North Hospital and Health Service.

We hope to connect during ‘meal time’ in a supportive, flexible, individualised care approach. The following key guiding principals inform our decision making;

- Consultation with the individuals current support team [guided by their chosen GP & Dietician]
- Meeting the individual where they are at; discerning their wins, strengths, safe foods & processes and their current challenges. We use this to guide us in our [diverse] ways of supporting the individual as they continue to unfold in their healing journey
- This form of support aims to generate individual agency and capacity building. We utilise a discourse that is ‘curious’ and ‘inquiry’ based when an individual is challenged [in; anticipatory anxiety, choices around food, ordering, preparing, consuming, post-meal anxiety, thoughts/feelings etc]
- We use these experiences to support the individual in the present moment, as well as to build an understanding of the day-to-day challenges and successes that are inextricably linked with their extended environment [home, work, relationships, studies and other external factors].

 

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Each day we meet and honour the land in which we gather. Here on the land of the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara Peoples. We would like to acknowledge their continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We pledge our ongoing solidarity with the traditional owners and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, in their struggle for recognition of sovereignty, historical truths and justice.