Working with Adolescents and their Families in Eating Disorder Treatment: FBT-Informed Nutrition Counseling for Dietitians Version 2.0

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Version 2.0

Self-paced | 100% Online | Training for Eating Disorder Dietitians


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An updated version of our previously-released course on working with adolescents and utilizing an FBT-Informed approach to eating disorder treatment. Instructed by a seasoned therapist and dietitian team, this course will provide dietitians with a complete and comprehensive understanding of what Family Based Treatment (FBT) is and how RDNs can utilize FBT in their work with treating adolescents with eating disorders. The course places attention on updates to the research, addressing the needs of various special populations, and an intentional weight-inclusive approach to care. Featuring three guest experts, Dr. Rebecka Peebles, Renee Reinecke, Ph.D., and Katie Maki, RN. You will come away from this course ready and confident to support adolescents and families who need your help.


  • A course created by a seasoned duo, Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D., author of When Your Teen Has an Eating Disorder, and Katie Grubiak, RDN
  • Aims to educate and empower dietitians who work with adolescents and aspire to integrate elements of FBT into their practices
  • Explicitly teaches a weight-inclusive approach to eating disorder treatment
  • Registration includes Monthly Live Study Groups at no cost to enrolled students starting in 2023 with course instructors.
  • Completely redesigned and updated curriculum adding to our original version of Working with Adolescents (2019)
  • Special attention to best practices for returning individuals to their estimated growth curve and identifying target weights
  • Includes perspective and lessons from Katie Maki, RN, a parent with lived experience of supporting her child with an eating disorder
  • Self-paced learning modules as well as live sessions with Q & A
  • 20.50 CE Credits for dietitians upon completion


Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D., FAED, CEDS (Lead Instructor)

Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D., FAED, CEDS is a psychologist, fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), and certified eating disorder specialist (CEDS) and approved supervisor for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). She directs Eating Disorder Therapy LA in Los Angeles. She provides cognitive-behavioral therapy for adults and family-based treatment (FBT) for adolescents and adheres to Health at Every Size® principles. She is certified in FBT for adolescent eating disorders and is the author of When Your Teen Has an Eating Disorder. Dr. Muhlheim has held leadership roles in several professional organizations including the AED, IAEDP LA Chapter, and the Los Angeles County Psychological Association. She is an IAEDP core course instructor. She is passionate about removing the weight bias in evidence-based treatments and training other professionals to deliver such treatments

Katie Grubiak, RDN (Lead Instructor)

Katie Grubiak, RDN graduated from the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at The University of Texas at Austin. She first pursued a career in public health nutrition in San Diego and Los Angeles with a maternal-child focus. It was in the same underprivileged area of Los Angeles where she was serving nutritionally that she began to combine her passions, teaching dance and guiding families of dancers to public health clinic access at a foundation called everybody dance! which was awarded by First Lady Michelle Obama the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award. Her involvement in multidisciplinary eating disorder treatment started at the UCLA Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center. Katie developed a unique style of practicing Family Based Treatment that was driven by her collaborations with Dr. Lauren Muhlheim at Eating Disorder Therapy LA. In addition, Katie was the eating disorder dietitian at Optimum Performance Institute in Woodland Hills, California which specializes in DBT-focused mental health residential treatment for young adults. Katie now has her own nutrition and care coordination private practice named NUTRITION ILLUMINATION.

Rebecka Peebles, MD (Guest Speaker)

Dr. Peebles is an Associate Professor in the Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania. She is board certified in pediatrics and further specialty certified in adolescent and young adult medicine, and serves as the Director of Medical Research and Quality Innovations in the Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment Program at CHOP, which she co-founded in 2011. Her clinical and research expertise is in working with young patients from diverse populations with eating disorder behaviors, across the weight spectrum. She has worked exclusively with children, adolescents, and young adults with disordered eating for the past twenty years, and has published some of the seminal literature describing differences between children and adolescents with eating disorders. She has extensive expertise in their medical evaluation and treatment, as well as their bone health, neuroendocrinology, biobehavioral links and pubertal function, and has been funded for her work by the NIH and the American Heart Association. She has also published quality improvement work in patients with eating disorders in a firm commitment to demonstrating that clinical care and protocols are indeed improving outcomes in the patients we serve. Finally, she has recently published findings of CHOP’s rapid scale-up to telehealth visits for eating disorder patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Renee D. Rienecke, PhD, FAED (Guest Speaker)

Renee D. Rienecke, PhD, FAED, is a clinical psychologist and Director of Research for Eating Recovery Center/Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Centers and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University. After earning her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan, Dr. Rienecke received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University and completed her clinical psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago. Dr. Rienecke has extensive experience building and directing treatment programs, including the University of Michigan Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program and the Medical University of South Carolina Eating Disorders Program. Dr. Rienecke is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, a member of the Eating Disorders Research Society, and a faculty member of the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders, providing consultation to therapists interested in becoming certified to conduct family-based treatment for adolescent eating disorders. Her research interests include the role of expressed emotion in treatment outcome for adolescent anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

Katie Maki BSN, RN (Guest Speaker)

Katie Maki BSN, RN, aka “Mamabear”, is the mother of 3 young adult children. Her middle daughter was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa at the age of ten in the fall of 2010. She has been in full recovery for many years. Throughout the years of battling the eating disorder and beyond, Katie has been a very active peer mentor and advocate for families navigating an eating disorder diagnosis. She has been published multiple times in FEAST ( as well as presented multiple educational sessions on eating disorders for both medical staff and school staff. She lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with her husband of 28 years.

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Course Curriculum

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  Module 3: Renee Rienecke, PhD - Family Based Treatment: Then and Now
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  Module 4: Rebecka Peebles, MD - A Medical Standpoint on Returning Teens to their Growth Curves
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  Module 5: Myths About FBT, Who is FBT For, and Important Considerations
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  Module 6: Team Roles Within FBT and Various Ways the RDN can be Involved in Conjunction with Other Team Members
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  Module 7: The RDN and Working with Teens – What We’ve Learned from FBT
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  The Mamabear Approach: How registered dietitians can be a caregiver's most significant asset with Katie Maki
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  Wrap Up and Thank You
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
You will have access to the course for up to 3 years or until November 2025.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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