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

by Wendy Sterling, MS, 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.

Wendy Sterling's Bio

Wendy Sterling, MS, RD, CSSD, CEDRD-S is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and Approved Supervisor through the International Eating Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics in the Bay Area in California. Wendy maintains a private practice in Menlo Park and Los Altos, California.

Wendy is a co-author of “How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder: A Simple, Plate-by-Plate Approach to Reestablishing a Healthy Relationship with Food.” She and her colleague Casey Crosbie created the innovative approach to refeeding called the “Plate-by-Plate Approach,”a no-numbers, visual approach, which has been featured in the Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics in an article entitled , “The Use of the Plate-by-Plate Approach for Adolescents Undergoing Family-Based Treatment.” For tips, support and encouragement on building good plates for nutrition rehabilitation for the treatment of eating disorders, follow on instagram: @platebyplateapproach.

She is also the co-author of, “No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom,” a book co-written by an adolescent doctor, therapist, and herself as the dietitian for teens about their changing bodies, hormones, emotions, and tips for improving sleep, body image, and their relationship with food.

Wendy has been the Team Nutritionist of the Oakland Athletics since 2016. She has consulted for the Golden State Warriors, New York Jets (2006-2013), NY Islanders, and Hofstra University’s Women’s Lacrosse and Volleyball teams, where she worked directly with players to improve endurance, speed and explosiveness. Wendy has worked closely with the Menlo School since 2014, where she has developed a sports nutrition curriculum for the Athletics program and has consulted for the Santa Clara Aquamaids synchronized swim team. She is a Sports Performance Nutrition Consultant for a variety of Sports Agencies, where she helps athletes achieve peak performance prior to the NBA draft and NFL Combine. Wendy is part of the United States Olympic Committee Sports Dietitian Registry. She works closely with competitive athletes in order to enhance sports performance and gain a competitive edge.

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