Week 5: Meal Coaching: Meal planning, tools and counseling skills for coaching parents Through Tough Meal Times

by Casey Crosbie RD, CSSD

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/care givers 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.

Casey Crosbie's Bio

Casey Crosbie RD, CSSDis a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She joined The Healthy Teen Project during its inception in 2013, playing an integral role in the development and leadership of the nutrition program. Casey previously served as the lead dietitian for the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program at Stanford from 2008-2013. It was there that she trained with leading experts in Family-Based Treatment for adolescents with eating disorders. Throughout her career, Casey has published two scholarly articles focused on the medical and nutritional needs of adolescents with eating disorders and regularly speaks at professional conferences and events. Casey is co-author of “How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder: A Simple, Plate-by-Plate Approach to Rebuilding a Healthy Relationship with Food” published July 2018.

Casey received her B.S. in food science and nutrition from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and completed her dietetic internship at UC Davis Medical Center to earn her RD. She is passionate about working with adolescents and their families to break free from diet rules and establish a positive relationship with food.

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