Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The Maudsley Institute

It's not really called that, but that's how I think of the new training program for Maudsley therapists, organized and run by Drs. Daniel le Grange and James Lock, co-authors of Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder. Its official name is the Training institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders, and it aims to do something incredibly important: train therapists to do true family-based treatment.

Right now, many families in the U.S. who want to use family-based treatment to help their children recover from eating disorders face the unhappy choice of trying to go it alone, drive many hours to see a Maudsley therapist, or go with a different treatment. FBT is hard--the hardest thing most families will ever do. They need support. But at the moment, there just aren't enough true Maudsley providers to go around.

Maybe more important, families have no way to tell the faux Maudsley providers from those who truly practice and believe in FBT. There's a surprising number of therapists out there who say they practice Maudsley but who've given it their own unfortunate spin, like this one. And there are outpatient and inpatient programs who claim the same. Too often, what they're doing is NOT true FBT.

Lock and le Grange's new institute will put the seal of approval, as it were, on professionals who not only train with them but actually practice true FBT. This is good for everyone: Providers will get more training from the folks who know the treatment best, and families will have a measure by which to judge quality and competence of potential therapists. It's win-win.

The first training will be held February 27-28 in Palo Alto, California. It will take some time to "graduate" the first group of Maudsley therapists. Personally, I can't wait. Thanks to Drs. le Grange and Lock for doing this.


Ari J. Brattkus said...

I am going to talk to my d's therapist about this and she if she would be interested -- she is not Maudsley trained, is very young, and has been really supportive of our choice to do Maudsley (in stark contrast to everyone else in our initial "team").

Harriet said...

Whenever I present to pediatricians or other health care providers, it's usually the young ones who are most interested. I guess because they're not invested in years of doing things a different way.