The Clinical Utility of Incorporating Therapeutic Assessment into the Treatment of Eating Disorders with Adolescents
Date of Award
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
First Committee Member
Lynett Henderson Metzger
Second Committee Member
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.
Long, Sarah Elizabeth, "The Clinical Utility of Incorporating Therapeutic Assessment into the Treatment of Eating Disorders with Adolescents" (2017). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 284.