NO ONE IS ALONE ON THIS JOURNEY.
ALL BODIES ARE WORTHY BODIES
We take a person-centred, recovery-oriented approach at Body Brave. This is what recovery oriented means to us:
We believe in the incredible strength and resilience of people because we see it every day. No one is beyond hope.
We use a strengths-based approach and collaborate with our clients. We try to meet people where they are.
CONSIDER THE WHOLE
We take into account the unique life circumstances and varied barriers people face.
PROMOTING DIGNITY & RESPECT
We deeply respect people’s values, beliefs & culture & actively work to challenge discrimination & stigma.
LEARNING FROM LIVED EXPERIENCE
We are constantly gathering feedback & listening to our clients. Their voices inform everything we do.
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MEETING PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE
Disordered eating/eating disorders are complex issues and often take time to resolve. It’s important for people to have flexible treatment and support options depending on where they are in their journey.
A stepped-care approach is the gold standard for eating disorder treatment 1 . Body Brave offers community-based intermediate treatment and support and we are part of a continuum of care. We work closely with treatment and support providers including hospital treatment programs, family doctors and peer support organizations to ensure our clients are as well-supported as possible.
Stepped care image based on model by the Newfoundland and Labrador Stepped Care 2.0 Demonstration Project – Final Report, Mental Health Commission of Canada.
NO ONE WAY TO HEAL
Multi-disciplinary, flexible care is essential for people struggling with disordered eating/eating disorders. Body Brave offers treatment through a variety of virtual and in-person programs including; individual check-ins, group sessions and workshops. Our multidisciplinary team includes a registered dietitian, family doctor and MD psychotherapist along with guest facilitators.
We use the latest evidence-based tools including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) as well as a variety of other approaches so that people can find the tools and skills that suit their preferences.
Given that resources for eating disorders are scarce and clients may face bias, even from healthcare professionals 2, we also offer individual check-ins to help with system navigation and self-advocacy.
WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SHOW?
Our model is based on evidence. Evidence shows that community treatment:
DRIVING INNOVATION THROUGH VIRTUAL CARE
Virtual treatment for eating disorders has been shown to be effective, especially for people who face barriers to treatment including geography, finances and stigma.7
In 2018, Body Brave partnered with the Ontario Telemedicine Network and became the first community treatment program in Canada to offer accessible, cost-free virtual treatment for eating disorders. From the comfort of their homes, clients are able to access, download and even fill out program materials through our online classroom.
That’s just the beginning. We aim to continue to offer person-centred, transparent care by leveraging the latest technologies and working with private and public sector organizations innovating in healthcare.
SOCIAL MEDIA OUTREACH
1. National Eating Disorders Collaboration , 2018. NEDC National Practice Standards for eating disorders.
2. EATING DISORDERS AMONG GIRLS AND WOMEN IN CANADA, Report of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, 2014.
3. Newton, John, et al. “Bridging the Gap: Does a Specialist Eating Disorder Service, Aimed at Developing a Continuum of Community Care, Make a Difference?” Australasian Psychiatry, vol. 21, no. 4, 2013, pp. 365–370., doi:10.1177/1039856213486303.
4. Munro, Calum, et al. “A New Service Model for the Treatment of Severe Anorexia Nervosa in the Community: The Anorexia Nervosa Intensive Treatment Team.” The Psychiatric Bulletin, vol. 38, no. 5, 2014, pp. 220–225., doi:10.1192/pb.bp.113.044818.
5. The Butterfly Foundation, National Agenda for Eating Disorders 2017-2022
6. Oliveira, C. De, et al. “Cost Evaluation of out-of-Country Care for Patients with Eating Disorders in Ontario: A Population-Based Study.” CMAJ Open, vol. 4, no. 4, Mar. 2016, doi:10.9778/cmajo.20160057.
The Butterfly Foundation (2012), Paying the price: The economic and social impacts of eating disorders in Australia.
7. Shingleton, Rebecca M., Lauren K. Richards, and Heather Thompson-Brenner. “Using technology within the treatment of eating disorders: A clinical practice review.” Psychotherapy 50.4 (2013): 576.
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