What are EDAC Sections?

The purpose of the sections is to bring together clinicians working in the Eating Disorder field across the country to share knowledge, educate each other regarding best practices and to promote a reflective /responsive approach in the provision of care for eating disordered patients and their families.

Section meetings are open to any current members of EDAC. Non-members can participate in one section meeting for free before joining. Participating in a section, or sections, is a great way to connect with other professionals across the country.

General Goals of Sections

The specific goals of each section vary, but in some common goals include:

  • Connecting EDAC members within a discipline (e.g. nutrition, OT)
  • Sharing resources on a given topic
  • Use of specific therapeutic tools or techniques
  • Review of empirical evidence on a given topic
  • Education on specific aspects of ED treatment, including therapeutic interventions, tools
  • Discussion of strategies to promote use of certain interventions or techniques
  • Sharing of clinical experience and discussion of cases
  • Creation of guidelines for effective clinical practice

Section Descriptions

Family Based Treatment for Adolescents and Young Adults with Eating Disorders

Co-Chairs:       Gina Dimitropoulos, [email protected], and Blake Woodside, [email protected]

The overarching objective of the Family Based Treatment section is to encourage consistent management across Canada of adolescents with eating disorders and their families receiving FBT.  The FBT section will invite clinicians to share their knowledge of applying FBT principles to inpatient, day, and outpatient treatment programs.


  • Discuss the barriers and facilitators of using FBT in routine clinical practice.
  • Review empirical evidence on FBT with adolescents with eating disorders
  • Identify effective ways to enhance parental empowerment and support the role of parents in assisting in renourishing their child to health
  • Discuss strategies for promoting collegial alliances in applying FBT
  • Work collaboratively to conduct research on FBT with colleagues
  • Share and discuss evidence-based, implementation and dissemination strategies for scaling FBT within and across provinces


Co-chairs:        Tara Slemko, [email protected], and Lynn Renner, [email protected]

The Nutrition Section offers an ongoing opportunity for networking, making connections and sharing resources among the eating disorder RD community. Meetings have included presentations on different eating disorder diagnoses, the role of the dietitian and appropriate nutrition interventions. It also includes sharing clinical experience and article reviews to guide most current best practice.

Intensive Group Treatment

Please note that this Section is currently on hiatus.

Co-chairs:        Lea Thaler, [email protected], and Ahmed Boachie

The purpose of this section is to bring together clinicians working with Eating Disorder patients in intensive treatment programs such as Inpatient, Day Treatment, Multi-Family Groups, Residential and Intensive outpatient treatment settings to share knowledge and experience. Another goal of the section is to encourage uniform management across Canada of patients needing intensive group treatment for eating disorders by drafting national guidelines.

Recent topics discussed:

  • How to integrate substance use treatment into ED treatment
  • Adjunctive therapies (e.g. yoga, art therapy) in intensive programs – experience with and usefulness of
  • Residential vs. Inpatient treatment in Ontario
  • Core components of intensive treatments – which types of therapy groups (e.g. CBT, DBT, Body Image) work and which don’t


Eating Disorder Professionals in Private Practice

Co-chairs:        Cynthia Johnston, [email protected]

This section provides a network for professionals who work in private practice and provide treatment for eating disorders. The primary objective of this section is to create a forum for professionals working in private practice and to:

  • Share information and ideas pertaining to providing eating disorder treatment in private practice
  • Create community and to reduce the isolation of private practice
  • Provide support and assistance to other professionals in private practice
  • Share resources and information about resources
  • Share and discuss evidence-based and other treatment approaches and research pertaining to eating disorders and related issues
  • Discuss the barriers and challenges of eating disorder work in private practice

Occupational Therapy (OT)

Chair:             TBD

Purpose: The purpose of this section is to gather Occupational Therapists (OT) working with Eating Disorder (ED) clients to share knowledge and experience.

Goals: To meet 3-4 times per year via teleconference to discuss specific topic that relate to OTs and EDs.  Topics may include OT experiences in different settings, refining and identifying OT role with ED patients, exploring evidence based best OT practices, resources and tools.


Chair:             Megumi Iyar, [email protected]

Emotion Focused Family Therapy

Please note that this Section is currently on hiatus.

Co-chairs:        Adéle Lafrance Robinson, [email protected], and Alison Bell

This section is intended to be a network for professionals interested in the application of the Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) model and/or select EFFT techniques in the support of the family in the treatment of eating disorders across the lifespan. The primary objectives are to create a forum to:

  • Discuss the appropriateness of EFFT as a primary or adjunctive treatment model for eating disorders
  • Discuss emerging techniques to support parents to support their child
  • Discuss adaptations to the model according to treatment setting, client age, family situation and willingness for family involvement
  • Discuss strategies for implementation of the model, including supervision if relevant
  • Share resources and emerging research (both process and outcome)related to the EFFT model and/or core modules of the EFFT model
  • Facilitate communication between clinicians and researchers