Working with Adolescents and Their Families in ED Treatment

a seven-part online training series for eating disorder registered dietitians diving deep in to Family Based Treatment (FBT)- Infused Nutrition Counseling and helping adolescent clients heal.

Sept 10, 2019 – Oct. 22, 2019

This series is designed to provide in-depth education for dietitians treating eating disorders on how to support individuals and families impacted by an adolescent’s eating disorder.

Live webinars presented weekly on Tuesdays at 9:00 AM Pacific Time. Replay available to all attendees.


Please see the Descriptions and Learning Objectives Section for more details on what will be covered in the series.
  • Week 1:

    Introduction to Dietetic Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders using Family-Based Treatment (FBT) by Marcia Herrin, EdD, MPH, RDN, LD, FAED

  • Week 2:

    Family Based Treatment In-Depth. Part 1 – Intro to FBT Tenets & Therapeutic Underpinnings by Bryan Lian, RDN, CEDRD-S and Anna Oliver, RDN (90 min)

  • Week 3:

    Family Based Treatment In- Depth. Part 2 – Intro to FBT Phases & Registered Dietitian Advocacy by Bryan Lian, RDN, CEDRD-S and Anna Oliver, RDN (90 min)

  • Week 4:

    Building a HAES Aligned Clinical Skill Set for Treating Adolescents with EDs by Rebecca DeHamer, MS, RD

  • Week 5:

    Strategies for Nutritional Rehabilitation in Patients with Eating Disorders by Wendy Sterling, MS, RD, CSSD Casey Crosbie, RD, CSSD and Marcia Herrin, EdD, MPH, RDN, LD, FAED

  • Week 6:

    Counseling the Developing Client: Building Body Confidence and Resilience in Teens by Anna Lutz, MPH, RD/LDN, CEDRD-S

  • Week 7:

    When the Going Gets Rough : Concepts and knowledge to help you navigate working with separated or divorced parents, substance abuse issues, an “older than 18” child, and more by Therese Waterhous, PhD, RDN, CEDRD-S and FAED

Do you work with adolescent clients, or would you like to work more with adolescents but feel you lack the training and expertise?

Spaces are limited. Sign up today!

EDRDpro Member price: $349 (or 3 payments of $116)
Non-Member price: $449 (or 3 payments of $149)


This series is open to EDRDpro Members as well as non-member dietitians. If you are not a member, you can join membership before registering for the series and then sign up under member pricing. Or you can register as a non-member.

FBT is an opportunity to add a family perspective to adolescent eating disorder treatment, while enhancing treatment outcomes and recovery. It is also an existential crisis for RDs treating eating disorders. Therapists have already embraced the empirical evidence; are you ready?

FBT is a positive, forward-thinking approach, seeking to find solutions and strategies.”
Anna Oliver


A paradigm shift: Parents and caregivers are part of the solution, rather than stigmatized as the cause of adolescent ED

A solution: leverages family wisdom to pave the way towards recovery, with essential techniques and skills for externalizing the illness, aligning against the ED, and focusing on the task of re-nourishment.

A team effort: Several professional consensus statements advocate for multidisciplinary treatment for ED, yet FBT, the best-supported treatment modality for adolescent ED, leaves out a golden-opportunity. RDs are valuable, as nutrition coaches/therapists; more accessible, as first-responders; and are evidence-based, as Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) providers.

Consider your role as an RD to an adolescent with an eating disorder:

  • How can you best support parents to stand up to their child’s eating disorder?

  • Feel more effective and improve your client’s recovery by working directly with parents when a teen is too occupied in their eating disorder or too ill to work with you on their own.

  • Know what you can do to help parents “be in charge of the food” when it best supports their teen.

  • Gain practical skills and strategies to use in session with adolescent clients to help them build resilience and overcome their eating disorder thoughts.

  • Understand when and why FBT is a great recommendation. Understand when and why it may not be the best route.

You have an incredible gift as a dietitian – you can help a teen recover and get back on a path to finding a life that is meaningful, connected, and joyful. Dietitians have a unique skillset and the ability to support teens and families with Family Based Treatment-Infused Nutrition Counseling.

Please review the recommendations below in order to get the most out of this program:

  • This is a Level II training – which assumes you, the attendee, are informed on eating disorder pathology, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.
  • We recommend you have had at least 2 years of experience working as a registered dietitian treating eating disorders although it is not required.
  • This is not an introduction to or an overview of how to treat eating disorders. It provides a specific focus on adolescent treatment and recovery.


EDRDpro Members

*For as low as $116 with 3 monthly payments

EDRDpro Member

One-Time Payment

EDRDpro Member

3 Monthly Payments
$116 Payments


*For as low as $149 with 3 monthly payments


One-Time Payment


3 Monthly Payments
$149 Payments

FBT is a paradigm shift. Parents and caregivers are part of the solution, rather than stigmatized as part of the cause of adolescent ED

Bryan Lian, RDN, CEDRD-S

Modified FBT is a therapy which puts the parents in the lead role for decision-making, and utilizes support and recommendations from therapy, nutrition, educational, medical, and movement clinicians.

Rebecca DeHamer, MS, RD