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Table 2 Programme of guidance for participants from peer mentors

From: Self-Help And Recovery guide for Eating Disorders (SHARED): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Session 1: Orientation, motivation and preparation Aim: introduce intervention and increase perceived value of making changes.
Elicit participant view and increase motivation by reinforcing change talk. Instruction on use of Ieso Digital Health platform, vodcasts, APT strategies (that is, reflection tasks, implementation intentions, behavioural experiments). Review individual priorities to determine the order for proceeding through the four core workbook chapters.
Session 2: Cognitive strengths and challenges Aim: increase flexibility, spontaneity and bigger picture thinking by following APT structure.
Session 3: Social strengths and challenges Aim: support making changes in social context and identifying family relationships and healing ruptures.
Follow APT process to enlist social support through friends, family, and work colleagues.
Session 4: Nutrition Aim: review strategies for reducing avoidance behaviours (such as restriction, vomiting, or exercise).
Follow APT with planning and anticipating obstacles, such as stress or abdominal discomfort.
Session 5: Emotional strengths and challenges Aim: review strategies for increased emotional expression toward others (for example, through writing, openness), reducing maladaptive emotional regulation, enhancing self-compassion and nurturance.
Session 6: Consolidation and re-setting goals Aim: exchange of ‘goodbye letters’.
Offer a summary of progress and suggestions for further goals. Develop a set of personal resources (for example, vodcasts, written materials) to maintain change over time.
  1. APT, ‘awareness, planning, try it’.