23. Working with Anorexia Nervosa on an Eating Disorders Inpatient Unit: Consideration of the Issues

  1. John R. E. Fox3 and
  2. Ken P. Goss4
  1. John R. E. Fox3,
  2. Ceri Woodrow1 and
  3. Kate Leonard2

Published Online: 3 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118328910.ch23

Eating and its Disorders

Eating and its Disorders

How to Cite

Fox, J. R. E., Woodrow, C. and Leonard, K. (2012) Working with Anorexia Nervosa on an Eating Disorders Inpatient Unit: Consideration of the Issues, in Eating and its Disorders (eds J. R. E. Fox and K. P. Goss), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118328910.ch23

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Division of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester, UK

  2. 4

    Coventry Eating Disorders Service, United Kingdom

Author Information

  1. 1

    Adults with Learning Disability service for Wigan and Leigh, 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust, UK

  2. 2

    Specialist Psychological Therapies Service, Hazelmere Unit, Leigh Infirmary, Leigh, Greater Manchester, UK

  3. 3

    Division of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 9 OCT 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470683545

Online ISBN: 9781118328910

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Keywords:

  • anorexia nervosa (AN);
  • biopsychosocial model;
  • eating disorders inpatient unit (EDU);
  • inpatient treatment;
  • one-to-one therapy;
  • safe-certainty model

Summary

A clinical psychologist on an eating disorders inpatient unit (EDU) often has a challenging and multivaried role to play. This chapter presents a consideration of the issues that a clinical psychologist (and other team members) will face in his/her work. The first section of this chapter discusses how inpatient treatment fits into a person's care pathway and how it should dovetail with day care and outpatient services. The focus of this chapter is to consider two issues, namely how to apply psychological theory to team dynamics and the challenges of working with anorexia nervosa (AN) clients as a part of a clinical team. The role for the psychologist to work with the team is pronounced, as the use of systemic models and a good psychological formulation will allow it to explore new possibilities. Finally, the role of the psychologist in offering one-to-one therapy on the EDU is discussed.