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Diverse Families – FBT Model and Practice

-Posted at the request of the researcher

Dear Family Based Treatment (FBT) Clinicians,

 There is a growing need and desire for an understanding of how diverse families are currently integrated, and accounted for, in the FBT model and practice.

 We are embarking on a research study examining clinicians’ perceptions and experiences working with diverse families in FBT. Increasing epidemiological evidence indicates that children and youth from a variety of races, ethnicities, and cultures and who identify with various gender identities, sexualities, abilities, etc. experience eating disorders. Because of this, it is important to ensure that the availability of treatments and interventions are respectful of this diversity. Our goal for this study is to understand the utility of FBT for diverse youth and their families. Your candid reflections on your experience with diverse families is critical to helping us all achieve this goal.

 I am posting to garner your interest in participating in a 1-hour interview exploring your perceptions and experiences in working with diverse families in FBT. We are looking to recruit FBT clinicians working within the community and/or in private practice.

In order to participate in this study, you must:

  • have received formal training in FBT and have experience using FBT as per Lock & Le Grange’s (2015) manual.
  • be a practicing FBT therapist within community organizations, tertiary care settings, and/or private practice.
  • have worked with a minimum of five adolescents and families in FBT.

The interview will take approximately 1 hour and will take place over the phone. Your participation in this research project will be kept confidential.

 If you are interested in participating or learning more about this study, please reach out to Dr. Gina Dimitropoulos ( for more information.

 We look forward to hearing from you.

This study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (REB19-2004).


Dr. Gina Dimitropoulos, Principal Investigator
Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary
Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research

For more information, you can also contact: 

Manya Singh, MEd
Research Coordinator
Calgary Eating Disorders Program, Alberta Children’s Hospital
Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education, University of Calgary
Phone:  (403) 955-7715

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