Week 1: Introduction to Dietetic Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders using Family-Based Treatment (FBT)

by Marcia Herrin, EdD, MPH, RDN, LD, FAED

This session will review how effective treatment for children and adolescents with eating disorders differs from strategies typically used to treat adults with eating disorders. Family-based Treatment (FBT) is recommended as the most effective evidence-based treatment for child and adolescent anorexia nervosa, yet limited access to FBT certified mental health providers hampers dissemination. Dietitians are an untapped resource for delivering evidence-based practice (EBP) based on FBT. During this session, dietitians will explore how they can expand delivery of FBT by serving as consultants to FBT mental health providers and to parents/carers who have a child engaged in FBT; by utilizing FBT techniques while serving as a member of a multidisciplinary team; and how the dietitian can lead phase 1 and 2 of FBT.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe key issues associated with treating children and adolescents with eating disorders.
  2. Summarize the history, research and treatment resources associated with FBT.
  3. Delineate the difference between evidence-based treatment (EBT) and evidence-based practice (EBP) and the implications for dietitians using FBT.
  4. Discuss the ways dietitians can use FBT in various practice settings.

Marcia Herrin's Bio

Dietitian Marcia Herrin, who has a doctorate in nutrition education and master’s in public health nutrition, is the founder of Dartmouth College’s nationally renowned eating disorder treatment program for college students. She is a Clinical Professor at Dartmouth’s Medical School with an appointment in the Adolescent Medicine Faculty and provides training to Pediatric Residents at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. Besides lecturing worldwide on nutrition counseling in the treatment of eating disorders, Dr. Herrin provides programmatic and clinical supervision for eating disorder providers in the US, United Arab Emirates, Britain, Mexico, Russia, and Venezuela.

Dr. Herrin has treated eating disorder patients for over 30 years. She is the author of Nutrition Counseling in the Treatment of Eating Disorders and The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders. Her Rule of Threes Food Plan is widely used in the treatment of eating disorders. Marcia received her doctorate in nutrition education from Columbia University. At the University of California-Berkeley, she received her masters degree and completed a dietetic internship. Marcia was honored as a fellow in the Academy of Eating Disorders in 2013. Marcia credits much of her success with patients with eating disorders and to her own struggles with and recovery from these conditions.

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