Multi-Family Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa is a treatment manual that details an empirically supported and innovative treatment for this disorder.
This book provides a detailed description of the theory and clinical practice of MFT-AN. The treatment draws on the Maudsley Family Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa model as well as integrating other psychological and group frameworks. Part I details the theoretical concepts, MFT-AN structure, content and implementation, including clinically rich and detailed guidance on group facilitation, therapeutic technique and troubleshooting when the group process encounters difficulties. Part III provides step-by-step instructions for the group activities in the initial four-day intensive workshop and for the subsequent follow-up days that occur over a further six to eight months.
The book will serve as a practical guide for both experienced and new clinicians working with children and adolescents with eating disorders and their families, in utilising multi-family therapy in their clinical practice.
Part I: Theory, structure and techniques; 1 What is multi-family therapy?; 2. Who can benefit from MFT-AN?; 3. MFT-AN theoretical concepts; 4. MFT context and mechanisms of change; 5. MFT-AN structure and content; 6. The MFT treating team; 7. Managing process and group facilitation; 8. Therapeutic techniques; 9. MFT meals; 10. Effectively managing and containing the group process; 11. MFT troubleshooting and managing risk; Part II: MFT activities; 12. How to use activities in MFT-AN; 13. Four-day intensive workshop: the activities; 14. Follow-up days and exercises
'Based on unique clinical experience, this comprehensive guide brilliantly sets out the concepts and techniques of the multi-family therapy approach and it also provides a most welcome and detailed pragmatic advice on how to use innovative group activities – an absolute MUST for anyone working with eating disordered children, adolescents and their families.'
Eia Asen, MD, FRCPsych, Consultant Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, Anna Freud Centre and Visiting Professor, University College, London
'In this treatment manual, this eminent group of authors – internationally recognized experts on eating disorders and multi-family therapy – has created an extremely rich clinical resource that will be invaluable to clinicians. Grounded in research and theory on eating disorders and group therapy, it includes a description of the background and structure of multi-family therapy followed by a comprehensive outline of specific group interventions with enough detail to allow for replication in various clinical settings. The publication of this book will facilitate dissemination of this important therapeutic approach and will open the doors to essential research on this useful and effective intervention.'
Renee D. Rienecke, PHD, FAED, Director of Research, Eating Recovery Center/Pathlight Mood and Anxiety Centers and Associate Professor, Northwestern University
'This outstanding manual has been written by leaders in family therapy for anorexia nervosa. It offers new and effective advances in treatment for this disorder. It should be on the bookshelves of every practitioner in the eating disorders field.'
Walter H. Kaye, MD, FAED, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego and Interim Co-Director of the Clinical Division. Founder and Executive Director, UCSD Eating Disorder Research and Treatment Program
'The seasoned team from the Maudsley Hospital have put together a comprehensive treatment manual to guide clinicians in multi-family therapy for anorexia nervosa. This manual embodies work that was first pioneered by Professor Eisler and colleagues several decades ago now and represents the deliberate and thoughtful clinical steps that have been honed over decades of their work in this domain. This manual deserves a special spot on the book shelve of every clinician and educator of family therapy for anorexia nervosa.'
Daniel Le Grange, PhD, FAED, Benioff UCSF Professor in Children's Health, Director, Eating Disorders Program, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, University of California San Francisco