Working with Adolescents and Their Families in Eating Disorder Treatment

Brand New – Version 2.0
Coming to dietitians: NOVEMBER 1, 2022

Self-paced | 100% Online | Training for Eating Disorder Dietitians

The course opens November 1, 2022

**If you have enrolled in the first version of the FBT course, you’ll receive a coupon for $50 off Version 2.0

An updated version from our previously-released course on working with adolescents and utilizing and FBT-Informed approach to eating disorder treatment. Instructed by a seasoned therapist and dietitian team, this course will provide dietitians with a complete and comprehensive understanding of what Family Based Treatment (FBT) is and how RDNs can utilize FBT in their work with treating adolescents with eating disorders. The course places attention on updates to the research, addressing the needs of various special populations, and an intentional weight-inclusive approach to care. Featuring two guest experts, Dr Rebecka Peebles and Renee Reinecke. You will come away from this course ready and confident to support adolescents and families who need your help.

Lead Instructors

Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D.

Katie Grubiak, RDN

Guest Speakers

Rebecka Peebles, MD

Returning to growth curve from a medical standpoint

Renee Rienecke, PhD

Research update on FBT evidence base

Course Outline and Modules:

  • Module 1: Working with Adolescents and Eating Disorders

    5 Core FBT Principles
    How to Prioritize Those Principles in Adolescent ED Treatment
    Teen Development

  • Module 2: Overview of FBT

    Parental leverage
    FBT – 3 Phases
    Markers of recovery

  • Module 3: Renee Rienecke, PhD - Family Based Treatment: Then and Now

    Overview of the history and development of FBT
    Findings and significance of seminal research studies
    A look at recent FBT research
    Adaptations to FBT for disorders such as bulimia nervosa and ARFID

  • Module 4: Rebecka Peebles, MD - A medical standpoint on returning teens to their growth curves


  • Module 5: Myths About FBT, Who is FBT For, and Important Considerations

    How to know who is a good fit for FBT and who may not be
    Addressing economically disadvantaged families in FBT
    Supporting ethnically diverse families
    Adaptations for adults
    Helping teens with Atypical Anorexia
    FBT for ARFID
    Case examples

  • Module 6: Team Roles Within FBT and various ways the RDN can be involved in conjunction with other team members

    Therapist-coordinated care
    RDN-coordinated care
    Working with a therapist who is not trained in FBT

  • Module 7: The RDN and Working with Teens – what we’ve learned from FBT

    Setting Goal weights
    Faster feeding (higher caloric goals)
    Empowering parents to feed
    Permission to not meet with teen directly
    Screening for refeeding syndrome
    Protocol options for weighing
    Coordination of medical monitoring

  • Module 8: Empowering Parents to Feed

    Pros and Cons of Meal Plans
    Using Food Photos and other technology
    Increasing Caloric Density
    Using Incentives
    Use of Supplements
    Transitioning to Phase 2

  • Module 9: FBT Challenges

    Return to sport guidelines in FBT
    Split families, divorced families, busy families, parents not on same page
    When weight gain stalls
    Adjusting from an original weight target
    When to refer to HLOC (ideal and reality)
    College readiness including assessment, preparation, and contracts
    Body image
    Addressing parents’ weight stigma