Family-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders


Conducted by Jim Lock, MD, PhD of Stanford University

Eating disorders have long been considered to be chronic and intractable mental illnesses that are difficult to treat. However, the introduction of Family-Based Treatment (FBT) or “Maudsley” for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa has changed the way we think about the treatment of these disorders. FBT has been found to be effective with children and adolescents, with between 50-70% of patients achieving recovery after a year of treatment. FBT works to empower parents to manage their child’s eating disorder through a firm, compassionate focus on renourishment efforts and then to transition of control back to the adolescent. FBT is the first line of treatment for child and adolescent eating disorders. The training is geared towards clinicians, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, family medicine physicians/pediatricians, and counselors. This training will prepare you to understand the background, theory, and application of FBT. 

Length: 5 hours, 6 sessions.

Relias Look up code: MOCMHC-FBT