Dr. Bhatnagar Gets Maudsley FBT Certified!
Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.
For several years, Maudsley Family Based Therapy (FBT) has been shown to have the most scientifically based support for its effectiveness. In fact, recovery rates are in the 50 to 70 percent range for adolescents with anorexia. This number is two to three times better than other therapies for this patient population.
For this reason, Maudsley FBT is at the core of how we treat adolescents at The Emily Program – Cleveland. With parents as the leaders of the child's treatment team, we take an active role and offer greater support around parental empowerment, setting contingencies, and planning and managing meals and snacks.
That's why we are thrilled to announce our own Kelly Bhatnagar, PhD, has just recently become FBT certified through the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders. Dr. Bhatnagar is one of only two clinicians in the state of Ohio that holds this important certification.
Patients and families at TEP – Cleveland now have access to an expert FBT clinician on-site to assist with meeting their recovery goals. This is just one way we are committed to giving every adolescent the best chance for success.
Dr. Bhatnager completed her training in early September. She attended a two-day intensive FBT workshop and completed 25 hours of consultation with an expert FBT faculty member at the institute. The workshop prepared her to understand the background, theory and application of Maudsley FBT through an interactive format, including clinical discussion and role play.
"It is my hope that the certification helps demonstrate my dedication to evidence-based treatment practices," Dr. Bhatnagar said. "It is a privilege to use the knowledge gained throughout this training process to help our adolescent patients, as well as to continue training our staff."