Mercy Iowa City program to outline new approach to treatment of eating disorder

A free public program on an outpatient intervention for anorexia nervoxa will be presented by Erica Lutz, LMHC, RN, on Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. It will be held in McAuley room 1, Mercy Medical Plaza, 540 E. Jefferson Street, Iowa City. Parking is available in the ramp adjacent to the medical plaza.

Lutz will discuss Family Based Treatment (FBT), developed at the Maudsley Hospital in London in the 1980s. This is an outpatient intervention for adolescents with anorexia nervosa which is designed to restore weight and allow the adolescent to return to his or her normative developmental stage. This approach is appropriate for children and adolescents who are above 75 percent of their expected body weight and otherwise medically stable, without the use of inpatient hospitalization. Parents are a resource and and integral team members, given their duty to be in charge of weight restoration through the approximate 20-session, 3-stage model of treatment.

Lutz is a member of the staff of Psychiatric Associates, located at 673 Westbury Drive, Suite 201, Iowa City. Psychiatric Associates provides counseling and psychiatric services for children, teens and adults.

For more information about the program or registration, contact Mercy On Call at 319-358-2767 or 800-358-2767.

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