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Treating Eating Disorders in Adolescents


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Tara Lynn Deliberto, PhD, is an assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medicine, the medical school of Cornell University; and the director of New York-Presbyterian Hospital's Eating Disorders Partial Hospitalization Program, which she opened. She maintains leadership positions at the Academy for Eating Disorders and Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. Deliberto also has an eating disorders practice in New York, NY.

Dina Hirsch, PhD, is senior psychologist at Northwell Health and associate professor of psychiatry at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra University. She maintains a private practice in Long Island, NY, where she specializes in evidence-based treatment of eating disorders. commitment therapy (ACT), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), exposure therapy and appetite awareness training.


"A superb treatment manual. Tara Deliberto and Dina Hirsch are remarkable for their concise analysis of treatment for eating disorders in adolescents. IMT is an exciting and compelling tool for the patient, carer, and clinician. I congratulate the authors on their groundbreaking understanding of these very complex and deadly mental illnesses."
--Donna M. Friedman, MS, LPC, founder of the MUSC Friedman Center for Eating Disorders at the Medical University of South Carolina--Donna M. Friedman, MS, LPC
"A truly comprehensive guide in the treatment of eating disorders during adolescence--their most common period of onset. Deliberto and Hirsch seamlessly integrate the core components from several treatment modalities into one extensive manual, and with their own pearls of clinical wisdom interspersed throughout, this is a must-read for anyone involved in the treatment of eating disorders."
--Stuart B. Murray, PhD, assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco; NIMH-funded researcher; and coeditor of Clinical Handbook of Complex and Atypical Eating Disorders and Innovations in Family Therapy for Eating Disorders--Stuart B. Murray, PhD
"At last! A practical, systematic, and evidence-based approach that breaks down the complexities of treating a complex mental illness, and turns confusion into confidence for clinicians, parents, and patients. By systematically engaging carers, this method also educates and incites the adolescent to fight against their own eating disorder."
--Grace Ray Schumacher, RD, CEDRD, behavioral health dietitian in Alaska, working primarily in eating disorders treatment through a private practice: Nutrition Partnership, LLC--Grace Ray Schumacher, RD, CEDRD
"Eating disorder recovery is a long and challenging process, and we've had far too few treatment tools that are accessible to patients and families. The IMT program changes this, integrating our leading evidence-based therapies into easy-to-understand language and resources for patients, families, and providers in the trenches. IMT should be a go-to resource for those looking to recover, or to help others recover, from an eating disorder."
--Kristina Saffran, CEO of ProjectHEAL--Kristina Saffran
"I am impressed at the lengths the authors went to in soliciting input from parents who successfully helped their child with an eating disorder to recover. They have synthesized components from several evidence-based treatment models into a manualized approach, presenting information in an accessible manner that prioritizes practical solutions to improve the clinical-caregiver feedback and direction loop to provide the best chance for full recovery to patients/clients. IMT is a promising and accessible format enabling a wide variety of clinicians to deliver state-of-the-art understanding and resources to families impacted by the devastation of an eating disorder diagnosis."
--JD Ouellette, is a parent expert and activist/advocate in the field of eating disorders, and board member of Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T.)--JD Ouellette
"It isn't often that I see a resource as thorough, spot-on, and hopeful as the Integrative Modalities Therapy (IMT) books. Without a doubt, this is what my family and I needed when I was struggling at a young age. I highly recommend IMT and will continue to do so for years to come!"
--Jenni Schaefer, author of Life Without Ed; Goodbye Ed, Hello Me; and Almost Anorexic--Jenni Schaefer
"This book is a godsend for clinicians working in the trenches with people who have eating disorders. This work offers a clear, comprehensive, step-by-step guide to help clients and caregivers effectively fight back against eating disorders. The main modality used by the authors is IMT, which offers a welcomed integration of evidence-based individual, group, and family therapies into the treatment of eating disorders."
--L. James Climenhage, PhD, adjunct professor at the University of Northern British Columbia, and mental health clinician at Child and Youth Mental Health--L. James Climenhage, PhD
"This book is an invaluable resource for clinicians treating adolescent eating disorders. Not only have two expert clinicians described their experience with interventions, they have pulled together materials and resources that will help engage patients in the therapy process. Adolescent eating disorders can be difficult to treat--this book is like having an expert clinical supervisor always available to answer the inevitable, 'what do I do next?'"
--Janet A. Lydecker, PhD, assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine--Janet A. Lydecker, PhD

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