Current strategies for the treatment of ARFID in higher levels of care
Avoidant/restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) involves serious medical and/or social impairments, varying presentations, and high rates of co-morbid medical and psychiatric conditions. There is little information to guide families and clinicians about how to treat ARFID in higher levels of care. Emerging treatments include adaptations of family-based treatment and exposure-based cognitive behavioral therapy. In this Webinar, we present four topics for discussion by four clinicians with experience in developing and delivering treatments for ARFID in higher levels of care (including inpatient, residential, partial hospital, and intensive outpatient care) from four treatment centers.
- Sarah Eckhardt, PhD, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN and her team have adapted family-based treatment and combined it with the Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic treatment of Emotional disorders in children and adolescents. She will discuss medical and nutritional stabilization in a medical hospital setting including contingency management and working with hospitalists.
- Nicholas Farrell, PhD, Rogers Behavioral Health, treats adults with ARFID in residential and PHP levels of care, and is developing treatment protocols to integrate exposure therapy with parent focused therapy for younger patients with co-morbid conditions including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
- Jessie Menzel, PhD, UCSD and Rady Children’s Hospital, has experience with very young patients with AFRID and is developing approaches for families including multifamily therapy.
- Marcus Westerman, MD, PhD, Melrose Center, is implementing cognitive behavioral therapy for ARFID with a multidisciplinary team across levels of care and will address family involvement, medical and nutritional interventions and the use of psychotropic medications.
The moderator is Julie Lesser, MD, Rogers Behavioral Health, who is certified to the level of a supervisor in family-based treatment and has experience.