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FREED at 10 - Towards the Next Decades of Early Intervention for Eating Disorders

16SepCREW 10 year

Ten years ago, we started FREED (First episode rapid early intervention for eating disorders) as a small pilot project. It is now the leading evidence-based service model and care pathway for early intervention in eating disorders. It is fully embedded in services across England and has inspired development of similar models internationally. Join us to celebrate FREED’s first decade. Learn about how we are working with our partners to shape the future of high-quality authentic prevention and early intervention for eating disorders to revolutionise care for patients and families. Help us make early intervention for eating disorders a world-wide movement.

The event will feature keynote lectures and talks from international experts on youth mental health and early intervention, members of CREW, national FREED team and the EDIFY consortium on scientific advances, impacts and ongoing work and opportunities for networking, discussion and debate.

International keynote and guest speakers include:

Professor Pat McGorry, Professor of Youth Mental Health, University Melbourne, who is known world-wide for his development and scaling up of early intervention and youth mental health services and for mental health innovation, advocacy and reform.

Professor Tracey Wade, Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Adelaide. She has developed Emerge-ED, an early intervention model placed in primary care mental health settings. She holds an NHMRC Investigator grant which aims to develop and test transdiagnostic approaches to early intervention for eating disorders in youth.

Dr Nicole Obeid, Lead of the Eating Disorders Research Lab, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa and Past-President of the Eating Disorders Association of Canada (EDAC). She has adapted, implemented and is evaluating Can-FREED.

Professor Anne-Marie van Elburg is Professor of Clinical Psychopathology at Utrecht University, medical director of Rintveld Center for eating disorders, and president of the Dutch Association for Eating Disorders. She has developed a family-focused early intervention model for adolescents with anorexia nervosa.

Attendees will receive 6 CPD accredited points.

The conference is hybrid and will be in person and online.


09:40 The Future of Youth Mental Health with Q&A PROFESSOR PATRICK MCGORRY
10:45 - 11:15 Break
11:15 Brief, ultra-brief and tech-based early interventions within FREED DR KARINA ALLEN
11:30 Task sharing early intervention through peer support MS JESS GRIFFITHS
11:45 Task sharing in early intervention through family-focused interventions DR JULIAN BAUDINET
12:00 Staying on course: Development and pilot-testing of a FREED fidelity tool MS LUCY HYAM
12:15 Q&A
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 Intervention as early as possible: obstacles and opportunities PROFESSOR TRACEY WADE
14:05 Shaping early intervention for eating disorders for community integrated settings: considerations for building a continuum of care DR NICOLE OBEID
14:25 Vibes, an early intervention programme for youngsters with Anorexia Nervosa PROFESSOR ANNE-MARIE VAN ELBURG & DR GWEN DIELEMAN
14:45 Q&A
15:00 - 15:30 Break
15:30 Panel discussion: How do we Move Forward with Early Intervention for Eating Disorders across the Age Range? BARONESS KATE PARMINTER, PROFESSOR DASHA NICHOLLS, MR ANDREW RADFORD & MS DANIELLE GLENNON
16:20 FREED-2050 –An agenda for action on authentic early intervention for eating disorders PROFESSOR ULRIKE SCHMIDT OBE
16:45 Close


At this event

Ulrike Schmidt

Professor of Eating Disorders

Karina Allen

Clinical Psychologist

Lucy Hyam

PhD Student

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