Utilizing Neuroscience Research and Lessons Learned from Families: Exploring Effective Eating Disorder Treatment with Support

As research sheds increasing light on what is happening in the brain of those with eating disorders (ED) compared to those who do not have ED, clinicians are now able to approach the illness from a new dimension. Food can trigger high anxiety and distress. Learning how to tolerate food and live a productive life becomes a united process between the client, family/friends and the clinical team. The Family Eating Disorder Program (FED) is an educational experience for and with family and friends to better support persons with ED. FED is an experiential program where clinicians and family/friends share together to inform and support. Everything about the day-long experience is developed to be fun, informative, and provide avenues to practice methods to take home and apply. This workshop will present effective segments of a FED day, led by a clinician, psychologist and family member. It will include and integrate new neurobiological research by Walter Kaye and colleagues. Qualitative analyses by Linda Smolak over the past four years will identify what hundreds of family/friends have found helpful and not so helpful.