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The Maudsley Parents website has been around for some time, but I've always found Daniel Le Grange's and James Lock's overview of FBT (Family Based Treatment) very helpful, so I thought I'd post a link below for parents who (like me at the start) may not understand the 3 phases of FBT as a treatment model for adolescents with eating disorders. I know when I first arrived on this forum I hadn't a clue what FBT or 'Magic Plate' were. Unfortunately FBT wasn't available to us back then here in the UK, but I understand that some NHS trusts are now rolling it out as the preferred treatment model for anorexia in adolescents. (And, yes, I am aware that FBT doesn't work for everyone.)


Bev Mattocks, mother of 24-year old male DX with RAN 2009, now recovered. Joined this forum in 2010 - it was a lifesaver.
I am always interested in the  scenario that FBT as per the Lock, Le Grange, Agras & Dare treatment manual for Anorexia Nervosa may not provide the solution in some cases. In the treat manual book the authors indentify appropriate candidates as patients younger than 18 years.

It is very interesting to see the development of multi family therapies for those 18 & over. It seems that the basics of FBT (parents/family/carer as significant partners/players) are still part of the treatment for those 18 & over its the adaption & the addition of other ways for when the maturity/age of the person changes the parent child relationship/dynamic.

Thanks to the clinicians such as Christopher Dare & Ivan Eisler at the Maudsley, Daniel Le Grange, James Lock & W Stewart Agrass in the US of A we have come a long way since 1874 when William Gull first identified Anorexia Nervosa (AN) as an illness and put parents & family as the cause, but there are still some clinicians today that appear to be stuck in Gull's thinking that family is the reason AN arrives.

Thanks to all those researchers & clinicians working to develop treatments for those 18 & older!!
ED Dad