The Clinical Utility of Incorporating Therapeutic Assessment into the Treatment of Eating Disorders with Adolescents

Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name



Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Hale Martin

First Committee Member

Lynett Henderson Metzger

Second Committee Member

Erin Jacklin


Eating disorders, mental illness, adolescents, Therapeutic Assessment (TA)


Eating disorders are among the most difficult mental illness to treat; they often begin in adolescence and involve protracted recovery and high relapse rates. Recent eating disorder research has focused on incorporating families into treatment for eating disorders as a more comprehensive approach to treatment. Therapeutic Assessment (TA) is a collaborative approach to psychological assessment that is also a brief therapeutic intervention. Adapted from TA specifically tor adolescent clients, Therapeutic Assessment with adolescents engages both the adolescent and the family with the aim of building an understanding of the adolescent's struggles and promoting positive adolescent development. Early evidence indicates that TA is effective in helping an adolescent client and their family by increasing empathy, building collaboration in working towards a common goal, and supporting adolescent development. This paper describes the clinical utility of incorporating into the treatment of adolescents diagnosed with eating disorders, particularly when traditional family-based interventions are failing. This paper uses a case example to illustrate the potential benefits of this approach and its application.


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43 pages

Paper Method

Case Study

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