Family-Based Treatment Training
Research Study

Researchers at Stanford University are partnering with and training providers in private practice to implement Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for adolescent Anorexia Nervosa. Join our study today!

Fast Facts

Licensed therapists in private practice

Completed master’s, doctoral, or psychiatric training

Compensation & CME credits Provided

Conducted online

Study Background

This NIMH-funded study will compare two online trainings for private practice mental health clinicians to learn Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa (AN). The study’s overall aim is to assess the feasibility of a future randomized controlled trial comparing standard FBT training with enhanced online training.

Participants are randomized to receive a 12-week training program that is either 1) a weekly webinar-based online training or 2) an enhanced online training platform that releases modules at regular intervals to be self-paced by the participant.

After completing the training, participants are asked to secure a new eligible adolescent patient with AN to provide FBT. The participant then receives 12 weeks of weekly expert case consultation for their adolescent patient.

If you are eligible and choose to participate, you will receive monetary compensation, CME credits (up to 21.25 credits), a certificate of completion of study training, and expert case consultation. Help advance research today and join our study!

The protocol director for this study is Dr. James Lock, MD, PhD, The Eric Rothenberg, MD Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Senior Associate Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Director, Eating Disorder Program Stanford Children’s Health, Stanford University School of Medicine.

Additional Information

The purpose of this research study is to assess the feasibility of a randomized controlled trial comparing standard Family-Based Treatment training to enhanced online training.

You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria.

Key Criteria:

  • Completed a master’s or doctoral training in your field (psychology, psychiatry, family therapy, social work)
  • Licensed clinician and therapist in private practice in your state (or working under a licensed supervisor)
  • No reports of malpractice or loss of privileges at relevant clinical institutions
  • Have computer/web access for online training and assessments
  • No previous training in FBT
  • Can submit baseline data on fidelity rating and weight gain from week 1-4 from a previously treated adolescent with AN you have treated in the last 6 months OR one that you treat in the next 3 months before starting the training

This is a fully online study, with all visits being remote. Your participation will include:

Assessments: There are three assessment timepoints. Each assessment consists of an online survey and mock therapy video responses.

  1. Pre-training assessment prior to the training
  2. Post-training assessment after the completion of the randomly assigned training and prior to expert case consultation
  3. Follow-up assessment after you have had at least 4 sessions with your eligible AN patient.


Training: A 12-week online training in Family-Based Treatment, consisting of either weekly webinar-based videos or an enhanced online training platform.

Expert Case Consultation: 12 hours of expert case consultation in FBT over the course of three months, conducted via Zoom.

Eligible participants will receive monetary compensation ($100 per assessment), CME credits (up to 21.25 credits), and a certificate of completion of study training, as well as expert case consultation.

There is no cost for you to participate in this study.

For complaints, concerns, or participants’ rights, contact 1-866-680-2906.

Contact Kyra Citron at 650-723-9182 or for further information.