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Integrating Family Based Therapy (FBT) for Adolescents to 
Treat Eating Disorders into a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program with

Lucene Wisniewski, Ph.D., FAED, Melissa Gerson, LCSW and Michelle Lupkin, PhD

Behavioral Care Center of New Jersey and Metro NY DBT Center bring you this virtual series which will provide training on Integrating FBT for Adolescents to Treat Eating Disorders into a DBT program.
Dates: 5-week Virtual Classes offered on Sundays from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM est
  • Week One: June 13th, 2021
  • Week Two: June 27th, 2021
  • Week Three: July 11th, 2021
  • Week Four: July 25th, 2021
  • Week Five: August 8th, 2021
Place: Virtual
Fee: $350.00 per person for individual registration.  If you are interested in the student rate please email for further details.  All Payments must be received by 6/1/2021 or when capacity is reached.

Click here to register online and for payment information
Training Description:

For children and adolescents suffering from Eating Disorders, Family Based Treatment (aka the Maudsley approach), offers hope as a potential effective treatment with significant positive outcome data.  However, up to 50% of adolescents with AN who receive FBT do not experience full remission of symptoms (Lock et al., 2010) and data for BN is even more variable  (LeGrange, Lock, Agras, Bryson, & Jo, 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”. Although there are no “easy” cases in ED treatment, the combination of an ED with other psychological illnesses presents an even greater clinical challenge.  Families can become terrified, polarized as well as confused when their child tells them “if you make me eat that, I will kill myself”.   

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an approach designed for the hard-to-treat patient, may be a viable adjunct for treating adolescent EDs, especially those where the adolescent experiences suicidality or self-harm.  

In this ten-hour workshop, participants will learn how to use DBT theory and practice in the context of family-based treatment. Using lecture, case examples, small group exercises and role plays, participants will have the opportunity to practice and observe DBT treatment strategies for those diagnosed with an eating disorder.  This workshop is geared towards DBT therapists who would like to learn specifically how to treat an adolescent eating disorder in the context of their DBT treatment.   

For the Training Objectives and information about CEs, please click here.

For the Schedule, Please Click Here.
Who Should Attend:
This workshop is intended for mental health professionals who:
  • Familiarity with and/or training in DBT  

  • Currently seeing an adolescent client experiencing eating disorder behaviors 

Meet the Presenters:
Dr. Wisniewski is an internationally recognized leader in eating disorder treatment and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, with more than 25 years of clinical and training experience. She has taught hundreds of workshops and continuing education seminars around the globe and has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and invited book chapters. Dr. Wisniewski has also provided consultation and training to eating disorder clinics around the globe.  In addition, she has earned some of the highest awards and accreditations in the industry. In 2013, she received the Outstanding Clinician Award from the Academy for Eating Disorders, demonstrating her leadership in the field and her commitment to providing the best solutions for those with eating disorders.
Melissa Gerson, LCSW is the Founder and Clinical Director of Columbus Park Outpatient Center for Eating Disorders in New York City.  Columbus Park has solidified its niche in the eating disorder community as a leading outpatient evidence-based treatment center.  Ms. Gerson has decades of experience both on the front line of eating disorder treatment as a therapist, but also behind the scenes in program development, training, and clinical supervision.  Ms. Gerson’s speaking engagements focus on delivery of evidence-based treatments in the outpatient setting as well as organizational strategies for improving patient outcomes.  Melissa is certified in Family-Based Treatment through the gold standard Training Institute for Childhood and Adolescent Eating Disorders. 


Dr. Lupkin specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents with eating disorders, including those presenting with suicidality and non-suicidal self-injury.  She is the founder and former clinical director of the Eating Disorders Program at Montefiore and has extensive experience providing supervision and training in DBT and FBT to psychology interns, psychology externs, and psychiatry and pediatrics residents and fellows.  
Dr. Lupkin has presented at international conferences on the integration of DBT and eating disorders and provides ongoing consultation and supervision to hospitals and clinicians on the implementation of evidence-based treatments for eating disorders across different levels of care.  Dr. Lupkin is currently in private practice in Manhattan and Westchester. 

​Questions or concerns: If you have any questions or concerns not addressed on the website, please email or call 973-660-0700.
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