What is BEeT?
Welcome to our online self-help program delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia Nervosa. BEeT stands for Binge Eating eTherapy. Your interest in this course indicates to us that you may be ready to take control of your disordered eating and improve your relationship with food. So congratulations, our eTherapy program has been specifically designed to assist and empower you to achieve this goal.
How is BEeT different?
BEeT uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or a CBT approach to help you overcome your eating disorder. Cognitive behavior therapy is a type of treatment that helps someone understand their thoughts and feelings and how these influence their behavior.
This course is different from traditional therapy that involves seeing a therapist in person, face-to-face, and does not involve taking medication. BEeT uses innovative live action therapy with a face-to-face, pre-recorded 'therapist'. People can learn new skills to help them manage their issues effectively via the internet, from the comfort and privacy of their own home, at their own pace.
The online program comprises 5 self-paced sessions over 6 weeks. Each session contains learning, personal stories, interactive activities, and quizzes, as well as ongoing motivation and encouragement, to assist you to overcome your problems with eating. There are useful tools that will enable you to record and reflect on your eating habits, behaviours, moods and thoughts.
After you have completed a session, the next session will be unlocked and become available after 5 days. During the week before the next session becomes available, you will be asked to complete some activities to practice what you learnt from the session. You have 8 weeks to complete the program.
Key Messages - These will be points, designed to challenge your thinking and help recovery. For example: "The ultimate goal of this program is to help you change your relationship with food from stressed and chaotic, to flexible, enjoyable and healthy. To do that, we will raise your awareness around your current relationship with food, how you eat, when you eat and how you feel about it.”
Education - Information that will help you understand your experience and relationship with eating, food and your body.
Personal Stories - Listen to stories of people similar to you and hear about how they overcame their struggles and challenges with food.
Interactives - These activities encourage you to reflect on and apply what you have been learning in each session.
This space is for you to record and reflect on your experiences through the program. The tools are accessible via both the eTherapy program and BEeT smart phone app. You can access them at any time on the go to see how far you have come.
Food Diary - Record and monitor your eating habits and behaviours and change your relationship with food.
Thought Diary - Build awareness of your moods and thoughts. Learn how to challenge unhelpful thoughts and see how this helps you.
Feared Foods Activity - Practice your new skills and overcome fears you have around particular food.
Your progress is recorded through the program through mini eScreen assessments. These will take approximately 5-10 minutes to do each session. We then can provide you with a report of your progress as you move through the course.
Who is BEeT for?
Did you know?
About 1 in 25 Australians has an eating disorder. (Paying the Price: The Economic and Social Impact of Eating Disorders in Australia, Deloitte Access Economics, 2012).
BEeT helps treat individuals aged 16 years and over suffering from Binge Eating Disorder and/or Bulimia Nervosa, please click on the button below.Bulimia NervosaBinge Eating Disorder
BULIMIA NERVOSA - Bulimia Nervosa is characterised by repeated episodes of binge eating (consuming a large amount of food in a short period of time) followed by behaviours that they believe will compensate for the food they have eaten (for example self-induced vomiting or excessive exercise). During the binge eating episode, the person experiences a sense of loss of control, and the compensatory behaviour is driven by feelings of guilt and shame. People who experience bulimia nervosa typically maintain an average, or slightly above or below average, weight, which makes the disorder more difficult to detect compared to the severe weight loss seen in people who have anorexia nervosa. Bulimia nervosa generally develops in the late teens and is experienced by men as well as women. People with bulimia nervosa place extreme importance on their body shape and weight in determining their self-worth. Like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa is a treatable illness - the sooner someone gets help the better.
BINGE EATING DISORDER - Binge Eating Disorder is a common eating disorder characterised by repeated episodes of binge eating. Binges often occur when the person is not hungry and are followed by feelings of guilt, shame, disgust and depression. Binge eating is a way the person copes with emotional difficulties, providing a way of avoiding thinking about the real issues.
How it works?
Step 1. eScreen
First thing you need to do is complete an eScreen Assessment. The eScreen consists of a set of questionnaires that are filled in online, and ask about your eating behaviours and thoughts and general mental health. The assessment is free of charge, and will take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete, so make sure your give yourself enough time to complete it.
Step 2. Register
Once you have completed the eScreen, you will be sent a confirmation email containing instructions on how to register. There are two ways to register an account: as a self-help user or as a user working through the program with a nominated health professional. Read below to find out more about both options. Make sure you choose your registration option carefully.
Self Help User
The self-help version of the program allows you to move through the sessions at your own pace, without a health professional. The disadvantage of this option is you don't get the extra support and guidance offered by a health professional.
Support from Health Professional
You can also choose to work through the program with a nominated health professional. If you choose to do this feedback on your progress will be supplied to them via email, to help them better support your needs. All you will need is to provide us with their email address before registering an account and starting the program.
Step 3. eTherapy
Get started! Log in to the program and complete the first session, also check your email for updates and feedback.
Are you a health professional?
As a health professional you can refer patients to use the program and get reports on their progress throughout the program. These reports will be emailed to your each week containing information about their mood, behaviours and risk assessment from the eScreen and mini assessments completed at the beginning of each session. All you need to do is set up a free health professional account by clicking HERE and register your email.
This program costs AUS$79 for access to the entire program. There are 5 sessions and you will have 6 weeks access to complete them.
Who developed BEeT?
The program has been developed by the Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders (CEDD) a research and service support centre based in Sydney, Australia in collaboration with eating disorder researchers and specialists from around the world.
The Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders (CEDD) is located at:
The Professor Marie Bashir Centre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Ground Floor, Building 11
67-73 Missended Road
Camperdown NSW 2050
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 09:00am - 17:00pm
For more information please visit the CEDD website: http://cedd.org.au/about-us/