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APA 2022

Family Treatment of Teen Eating Disorders in Complex Families

Friday, August 5 – 8:00–11:50 a.m.

Family Treatment of Teen Eating Disorders in Complex Families

The pandemic has fueled a rise in adolescent eating disorders. Since inclusion of families is pivotal to successful treatment and families are often complex and nontraditional, treatment providers are asked to be specialty trained, multifaceted, and flexible in their approaches. This intermediate workshop focuses on eating disorder treatment challenged by use of pandemic-inspired video communication tools and diverse family backgrounds. Three cases with role plays demonstrate three evidence-based, family-involved treatments. Recommendations to increase self-efficacy with divorced/separated parents, parents raising LBGTQ youth, and parents with their own disordered eating are provided.


Understanding Teen Eating Disorders

Dr. Cris Haltom has been a professional psychologist delivering psychotherapy services for 30 years. She individualizes her approach to each person and family, drawing from many skills learned over the years. Her areas of specialty include interpersonal and family relationships, mood disorders, anxiety issues, and eating disorders.

Dr. Haltom is also a speaker and educator. She has given workshops and lectures on clinical psychotherapy topics and is part-time faculty at Ithaca College. Over the years Dr. Haltom has helped people of all ages negotiate constructive change.

Her belief is that everyone she treats has the capacity to make positive change at a pace set by each individual or family. She encourages forward movement toward personally defined goals.

Recent Publications

Understanding Teen Eating Disorders

Understanding Teen Eating Disorders

Warning Signs, Treatment Options, and Stories of Courage

Understanding Teen Eating Disorders introduces readers to common teen eating disorder scenarios, their warning signs, and treatment options.

Each chapter examines a teen or tween and brings the factors, whether they be environmental, genetic, co-existing conditions, etc. that contribute to his or her eating disorder, to life, while seamlessly integrating the latest research in gene inheritance, brain chemistry, and eating disorders in accessible, reader-friendly language.

Each chapter provides treatment options, including outpatient, group therapy, and in-patient programs, for both the young person and the family. Each also ends with a Q & A section that reflects the concerns a parent, loved one, or treatment professional may have.

Previous Publications

A Stranger at the Table

A Stranger at the Table

A Stranger at the Table

Dealing with your child's eating disorder

A Stranger at the Table: Dealing with Your Child’s Eating Disorder offers parents a real-life glimpse into the lives of those with eating disorders and carefully considers the perspective of parents. Most of all it is full of practical tips for parents about how to cope with eating disorders in their children, from to the time of discovery to the time of recovery.

Dr. Chris Haltom - Psychotherapist and Author

Psychological Services

  • Initial evaluation and assessment
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Family psychotherapy
  • Consultation services
  • Clinical workshops on eating disorders and on anxiety disorders