At TriCity Family Services, we believe that eating disorders are treatable, and that everyone is capable of a complete and full recovery.
Does your child or teen …
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may want to consider Family-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders, a compassionate approach for families dealing with:
Family-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders, also known as FBT, is a highly practical, evidence-based outpatient approach that recognizes parents as the best resource for their child’s recovery, and uses a team model that includes the therapist, the family physician, family members and other partners to achieve success.
Our 6-to-12-month program does not focus blame for the eating disorder on anyone. The therapist and family work together to refeed the child, develop healthy eating patterns, and address individual and family concerns.
The FBT approach is ideal for children who have been struggling with an eating disorder for less than three years, and who do not require hospitalization.
Clinical FBT staff are trained in the model used at University of Chicago.
FBT consists of three distinct phases:
Phase I – Weight Restoration
Parents, with the support of the therapist, assume control by providing the type and amount of food needed to restore their child’s health. When the child’s physical health has been restored, the family can move on to Phase II.
Phase II – Returning Control Over Eating Back to the Child
Once weight has been restored, and disordered eating has been resolved, families are encouraged to help their child take more control over eating. The child learns to resume healthy eating patterns and maintain weight independently. Other family relationship issues, or concerns that the family has had to postpone, can now be brought forward and addressed in therapy.
Phase III – Establishing a Healthy Identity
When the child has demonstrated that he or she can maintain a healthy weight, treatment shifts to the impact that the eating disorder has had on the child’s ability to form a healthy identity and how to restore familial relationships.
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Please listen to an interview with our own Kelly Horn, featured on 95.9 The River in 2018, sharing important statistics about eating disorders and debunking myths:
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