Week 7: When the Going Gets Rough

by Therese Waterhous, RDN

The final part of this series will provide practical information and resources for RDNs using FBT informed treatment. This part will go into details about how to handle special situations, including families that are “not typical”, divorced parents, blended families, families with “an older than 18 child”. Impacts of substance abuse on recovery will be discussed. Language to use with families will be highlighted and cases will be presented to illustrate concepts and knowledge needed to work with difficult situations. Finally, situations where FBT may not be considered appropriate and situations where one professional has an FBT informed approach but other professionals on the team are not FBT informed will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  1. Attendees will gain useful and practical language to use when treating adolescents and their families
  2. Attendees will be able to describe certain situations where FBT may not be appropriate as a first line form of treatment.
  3. Attendees will be able to describe how to work with blended and non-traditional family situations
  4. Attendees will be able to gain knowledge about how to work with a team where all members may not be FBT informed.

Therese Waterhous's Bio

Therese S. Waterhous PhD, RDN, CEDRD-S is an eating disorder expert in private practice in Corvallis, Oregon. She has worked with families and their children for over 25 years, having completed a pediatric fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham during graduate school. Therese was one of the founding board members for the international non-profit advocacy group FEAST-ED (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment for Eating Disorders) she has worked with the Eating Disorders Coalition during two of its the Washington DC lobbying days and she delivers many local talks to various groups, educating them about eating disorders.

Therese co authored the ADA Practice Paper on nutrition interventions in eating disorders, she served as Director of the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness nutrition practice group’s subunit on disordered eating and eating disorders. She has served on the Oregon IAEDP (International Assn. for Eating Disorders Professionals) chapter board and currently serves on the national IAEDP Excellence in Practice Committee., Therese served on the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) special interest group on Family Based Treatment and currently is active on the Medical Care Standards Committee and the Experts by Experience Committee of AED. In 2016-2017, she received and has executed work on a grant from the local Coordinated Care Organization to train other health care professionals about eating disorder evaluation and treatment and extend eating disorder treatment to underserved Oregonians.

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