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