Conferences, Health Professional Education

Integrating Family-Based Treatment with the Unified Protocol for Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

With the addition of Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) to the broader DSM-5 category of Feeding and Eating Disorders, increasing numbers of patients are presenting for treatment of this conditionThis workshop will present an integrated treatment approach that combines an adapted form of family based treatment (FBT) for patients with ARFID, called FBT-ARFID, with the Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP), a manualized, transdiagnostic cognitive behavioral treatment that has been adapted for children and adolescents. The UP is well suited for all categories of ARFID as it includes modules on mindfulness, flexible thinking, avoidance, and both interoceptive and situational exposures. This workshop will demonstrate how to deliver this novel integrative treatment by focusing first on nutritional stabilization and regain of weight, using principles of family based treatment.  Role plays will be used to demonstrate  key adaptations of FBT for ARFID. An overview of the UP will be presented with interactive exercises to show modules and techniques used in treating young patients with ARFID.  The workshop will provide case examples and discussions for patients with different categories of ARFID, and will include a detailed discussion of the use of rewards for behavior change. Specific active learning techniques will include audience participation in role plays demonstrating how to engage the family during the family meal, and group participation in mindfulness exercises and exposures.

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Children's Minnesota - Education Center
2525 Chicago Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404


Laurra Mohammed