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 cannot meet their nutritional needs, typically because of sensory sensitivity, fear of aversive consequences, 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 workshop 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. Early data from our efficacy study indicate that, on average, patients who receive CBT-AR add 17 novel foods, gain 11 lbs (if underweight), and significantly reduce food neophobia after treatment completion. Our interactive presentation will include a brief description of the rationale for and goals of CBT-AR; detailed case examples drawn from a heterogeneous group of patients who have benefitted from this treatment; critical choice points for tailoring CBT-AR to the presenting patient; and interactive role-plays demonstrating CBT-AR techniques across the four stages of this flexible, modular treatment. Material will be drawn from our own clinical practice as well as our recently published book Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder: Children, Adolescents, and Adults (Cambridge University Press, 2019). We welcome audience members to come with questions about specific cases from their own clinical practice, and we will leave ample time for discussion at the workshop's conclusion.

Target Audience

This program is intended for:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • General and Family Practice Physicians
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Social Workers
  • Speech Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Other Mental Health Workers


Early Bird Registration (on or before April 5, 2019): $195.00
Regular Registration (after April 5, 2019): $295.00

Cancellation Policy

A refund minus a $40.00 administrative fee will be issued for refund requests received by April 26, 2019. No refunds will be issued for refund requests made after April 26, 2019. Payments made may not be applied to future conferences or other educational activities. There are no exceptions to these policies.

Translate Knowledge into Practice

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

  • 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 ARFID (CBT-AR)
  • Plan Stage 1 of CBT-AR including psychoeducation and early change to volume and/or variety of food.
  • Plan Stage 2 of CBT-AR including treatment planning and selection of modules to utilize in Stage 3.
  • Design and implement Stage 3 of CBT-AR by addressing the maintaining mechanism(s) relevant to a specific patient, including sensory sensitivity, fear of aversive consequences, and/or lack of interest in eating or food.
  • Design and implement Stage 4 of CBT-AR including relapse prevention, planning for the future, and ending therapy on time as planned.
  • Discuss how to tailor CBT-AR interventions to be developmentally appropriate for children adolescents, and adults.

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