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Family Based Therapy (FBT) is an outpatient treatment focused on mobilizing parents as a primary resource in treating children and adolescents with eating disorders. In this video, Melrose Center clinicians, Dr. Marcus Westerman, and Kelly Senesac, LMFT, explain FBT in detail, in addition to hearing from a family.

Family (parents, spouse, siblings) will often be included in therapy sessions and are very involved. Family also has the opportunity to join the cafeteria experiences and family meals. We also know family and friends may need additional support of their own. We offer a living recovery group monthly, an extensive list of books and websites, and a family resource center on the first floor.

For those with a loved one in our intensive residential or residential program, visiting hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; and 4 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Our objective is to give families the tools to raise their confidence and skills in dealing with their child's eating disorder. This is also an opportunity to gain support from other families with children of similar ages, in similar circumstances.

Family day

Family day

This one, full-day session will empower you and your child/adolescent on the recovery journey. Your child will continue to develop confidence and skills while you learn real life logistics and practical family management with other parents/guardians who are also fighting an eating disorder with their child. This day includes all meals and snacks. Siblings, ages 12 and older, are encouraged to attend. Gain support and learn from others and the Melrose Center team!

When and where

Full-day sessions offered throughout the year at Melrose Saint Louis Park, St. Paul and Maple Grove locations.

How to participate

For questions and registration, call: Rachel Izquierdo, Family Programs Coordinator at 952-993-7255.

Family learning series

Family learning series

These in-depth sessions with your child, promote Family Unity and Family Resilience as you listen to each other and learn from other families’ experiences. Learn more about managing anxiety, developing routines, improving communication, regaining your family life, and so much more! Dinner included with guidance and support from Melrose staff. Siblings, ages 12 and older, are included too.

When and where

Thursdays, 5-7 p.m. for four weeks at the Melrose Center St. Louis Park location. For session dates please contact Family Programs Coordinator.

How to Participate

For questions and registration, call: Rachel Izquierdo, Family Programs Coordinator at 952-993-7255.

Parents and Supportive Others Group

Parents and Supportive Others Group

An eating disorder touches more people than just the person who has an eating disorder. It can affect spouses, partners, guardians, parents, grandparents, and other loved ones.

Melrose Center offers a weekly group just for the ADULTS who need support as they help their child, grandchild, partner or friend fight against an eating disorder. This group is a safe and confidential place where a person can feel understood, supported and learn more while going through this difficult and stressful period.

Thanks to the Park Nicollet Foundation for their support - this group is free of charge. The group is facilitated by Kara Derner, PsyD, LP.

How to Participate

Weekly sessions are held every Thursday at 7:00pm at the Melrose Center St. Louis Park location.