By Drs. Jennifer Thomas & Kamryn Eddy
Webinar recorded Thursday 1 February 2018
Apologies for the audio problems for the first 28 minutes, which improve thereafter
Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) was recently added to the Feeding and Eating Disorders section of DSM-5 to describe children, adolescents, and adults who cannot meet their nutritional needs, typically because of sensory sensitivity, fear of aversive consequences, and/or apparent lack of interest in eating or food. Given the recency of its recognition as a formal diagnosis, there are currently no evidence-based treatments for the disorder. Drs Jennifer Thomas and Kamryn Eddy developed and manualized a novel treatment—Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for ARFID (CBT-AR)—that they are testing in a pilot study at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. CBT-AR can be offered in an individual or family- supported format and comprises four stages: (1) psychoeducation and regular eating; (2) re- nourishment and treatment planning; (3) addressing maintaining mechanisms (including sensory sensitivity, fear of aversive consequences, and/or apparent lack of interest in eating or food); and (4) relapse prevention over 20-30 sessions. The webinar will fulfill the critical need of clinicians who are already seeing such clients and currently have no resources on which to base treatment plans.
Dr. Jennifer Thomas is the Co-director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital as well as an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Thomas’s research focuses on atypical eating disorders, as described in the books she has published.
Dr. Kamryn Eddy is the Co-Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program as well as an Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. The author of over 100 published research papers and book chapters, Dr. Eddy developed a novel cognitive-behavioral therapy for avoidant/restrictive eating disorder (CBT-AR) alongside Dr. Jennifer Thomas.