By Lucene Wisniewski, PhD, FAED
The Emily Program-Cleveland & Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.
Wednesday 9 September, 2015
Patients with moderate to severe eating disorder symptoms, particularly those with co-morbid Axis I disorders, greater emotional dysregulation (e.g., suicidal/self-injurious behaviors, problems with anger) and/or those with personality disorder features (e.g., borderline personality disorder) may represent a form of the illness that practitioners consider “difficult to treat”. In response to the need for alternative or adjunctive clinical interventions for adolescents with complex ED presentations, the current author and her colleagues are exploring the effectiveness and feasibility of integrating DBT with Family Based Treatment (FBT) for eating disorders. FBT, aka The Maudsley Approach, is the treatment has the most data supporting its use with adolescent EDs . The FBT-DBT approach calls for an innovative combination of strategies well-established in the successful use of FBT for the management of adolescent eating pathology as well as DBT in the treatment for emotion dysregulation.
Following this webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Identify patients for whom this model may be appropriate
2. Create behavioral targets for “difficult to treat” adolescent eating disorder patients
3. Identify ways in which FBT and DBT are complimentary treatments