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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder: An Online Introduction (July 2024)

Event Date(s): Jul 1, 2024 - 12:06am to Aug 19, 2024 - 05:07pmAvailable Credits: 13.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ 13.50 Nursing Contact Hours 13.50 Social Workers 13.50 Participation 13.50 Psychologists CE Credit Register For This Course

Course Details

Registration Deadline: July 22, 2024

Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) was recently added to the Feeding and Eating Disorders section of DSM-5 to describe children, adolescents, and adults who do not eat enough food (by variety or volume), typically because of sensory sensitivity, fear of aversive consequences (e.g., choking, vomiting), and/or apparent lack of interest in eating or food. Although there is a robust literature on pediatric feeding disorders in very young children, ARFID itself is so new that there is currently no evidence-based treatment for older children, adolescents, or adults.  Thus, our online course will fill an important gap for our colleagues who are already seeing such patients in clinical practice by providing specialized training in a new form of cognitive-behavioral therapy for ARFID (CBT-AR) that we have developed and refined at Massachusetts General Hospital for patients ages 10 through older adults. Early data from our preliminary efficacy studies indicate that, on average, patients who receive CBT-AR incorporate many novel foods into their regular diets, gain significant weight (if underweight), and significantly reduce both ARFID symptom severity and food neophobia. Our 6-week course will cover the assessment of ARFID and determining patient appropriateness of CBT-AR, as well as the implementation of all four stages of this flexible, modular treatment. Material will be drawn from our recently published books (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder: Children, Adolescents, and Adults, Cambridge University Press, 2019; and The Picky Eater’s Recovery Book: Overcoming Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, Cambridge University Press, 2021), cases we have seen in our clinical practice, and our ongoing research studies on the neurobiology and treatment of ARFID. 

Course materials are available beginning on July 1, 2024 and all online course work must be completed by August 19, 2024.


Registration Deadline: July 22, 2024

Physicians and Doctoral-level Professionals: $445.00
Other Professionals: $345.00

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be issued for cancellation requests made during the first week of the course, but an administrative fee of $25.00 will be deducted from your refund.  Cancellation requests made during the second week will receive a credit toward a future offering of the same course.  No refunds or credits will be granted after July 22, 2024.

Q&A Schedule

Week Start Date

Date of Q&A

Time of Q&A

      Faculty Name

Week 1: 7/1/2024

7/3/20249:00-9:30 AM EDT

Jennifer J. Thomas, Ph.D.

Week 2: 7/8/2024

7/9/20249:00-9:30AM EDT

Kendra R. Becker, Ph.D.

Week 3: 7/15/2024

7/17/202410:00-10:30AM EDT

Kamryn T. Eddy, Ph.D.

Week 4: 7/22/2024

7/25/202412:30-1:00PM EDT

Jennifer J. Thomas, Ph.D.

Week 5: 7/29/2024

7/30/20249:00-9:30AM EDT

Kendra R. Becker, Ph.D.

Week 6: 8/5/2024

8/7/202410:00-10:30AM EDT

Kamryn T. Eddy, Ph.D.


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Course Summary

Available Credits:13.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ 13.50 Nursing Contact Hours 13.50 Social Workers 13.50 Participation 13.50 Psychologists CE Credit
Course Topic:Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Course Format:Online CBT Course
Target Audience:

This program is intended for health professionals who may encounter patients with ARFID (of all ages) in their clinical practice. In our experience, this includes a wide range of clinicians including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, other mental health workers, dietitians, primary care physicians, pediatricians, nurses, nurse practitioners, speech/language pathologists, and occupational therapists.

Event Starts: Jul 1, 2024 - 12:06am
Event Ends: Aug 19, 2024 - 05:07pm
Cost: $445.00

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

•     Discuss how to confer a diagnosis of ARFID based on DSM-5 criteria and describe the assessments (e.g., interviews, self-report questionnaires) that can be used to assess severity.

•     Describe the type of patients with ARFID for whom cognitive-behavioral therapy is appropriate.

•     Describe the basic structure, goals, and session format of cognitive-behavioral therapy for avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (CBT-AR).

•     Use all four stages of this flexible, modular treatment

•     Use Stage 1 of CBT-AR including psychoeducation and early change to volume and/or variety of food.

•     Use Stage 2 of CBT-AR including treatment planning and selection of modules to utilize in Stage 3.

•     Design a program in Stage 3 to address sensory sensitivity by implementing the 5 steps of learning about new foods and utilizing strategies for moving new foods from tasting to incorporation.

•     Design treatment strategies in Stage 3 that will address fear of aversive consequences by developing and working through a fear and avoidance hierarchy.

•     Design a program in Stage 3 to address lack of interest in eating or food by increasing exposure to highly preferred foods, enhancing awareness of hunger cues through self-monitoring, and conducting interoceptive exposures.

•     Use Stage 4 of CBT-AR including relapse prevention and planning for the future.

•     Discuss how to end the therapy on time as planned.

•     Describe how to trouble-shoot common clinical challenges in CBT-AR.


We have a dedicated staff member who is available by phone 5 days per week between 8 am and 5 pm by calling 866-644-7792 or email at mghcme@mgh.harvard.edu. All inquiries will be dealt with in a timely  (within one business day) and professional manner. Requests for credits or refunds will be reviewed by the Director of the Division of Professional and Public Education, Massachusetts General Hospital. Please refer to our cancellation policy for additional information.”