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Multi-family therapy

What is multi-family therapy

Multi-family therapy is a treatment approach for anorexia developed by the Maudsley Hospital.

Multi-family therapy is an intensive course for families who are already receiving single-family therapy. Multi-family therapy aims to help families rediscover their own resources by emphasising ways in which you can take an active role in helping your child overcome their eating problems.

What are the benefits?

It brings together families with shared experiences, and can help to overcomes isolation and sense of stigmatisation. Families can share multiple perspectives through so you can learn from one another.

It is an intense learning environment in which it is safe to practice new behaviours.

What kind of things can I expect?

There is a maximum of 4 families in each course. It starts with an introductory afternoon lasting 2 hours and 4 consecutive days the following week from 10am to 4pm each day.

You start by getting to know each other and developing a working alliance, helping to challenge the eating disorder, and strengths, resources, and family relationships. It includes a mixture of group activities, games, and role-play.

You will bring home food for your child (which may be guided by a meal plan) and involves 2 snacks and lunch.

Afterwards, there are 4 monthly follow up days.

What happens now?

This can be discussed with your family therapist. This course is a big commitment, however families who have previously experienced the group have found it very useful in challenging anorexia.

Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 0114 305 3891.

Sheffield Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment Team,
Centenary CAMHS,
Centenary House,
55 Albert Terrace Road,
S6 3BR.

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: MH35

Resource Type: Article

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