Week 6: Counseling the Developing Client: Building Body Confidence and Resilience in Teens

by Anna Lutz, MPH, RD/LDN, CEDRD-S

Disordered eating and eating disturbances present in different ways and oftentimes don’t fit into the diagnostic criteria boxes. There are many times when an adolescent client presents for outpatient nutrition therapy and an FBT model is not indicated. The outpatient RD has an important and often difficult job of assessing for appropriate treatment model, connecting with the teen client, and working with their family. In this session, we will present counseling strategies and tools for working directly with the adolescent client. We will discuss the unique challenges of working with this age group, how to involve parents, and resources available for this age client.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. List 3 developmental characteristics of adolescents to understand when working with the adolescent client.
  2. Explain the reasons for and importance of involving parents and loved ones in all treatment with an adolescent client.
  3. List 3-4 counseling tools to use in session with an adolescent client.
  4. List 3-4 resources to use with adolescent clients in nutrition therapy.

Anna Lutz's Bio

Anna is a nutrition therapist with Lutz, Alexander & Associates Nutrition Therapy in Raleigh, NC.  Anna specializes in eating disorders and pediatric/family nutrition. Anna received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Duke University and Master of Public Health in Nutrition from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) and an Approved Supervisor both through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). Anna previously worked at Duke Student Health on their eating disorders treatment team and at Children’s National Medical Center, providing outpatient care for people with eating disorders. Anna enjoys providing training, workshops, and supervision for dietitians and other health professionals about eating disorders and weight-inclusive care. She also writes about simple cooking and nutrition, free of weight and diet-talk, at Sunny Side Up Nutrition.

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