Supervisor

Christina Wierenga, Ph.D., Leslie Anderson, Ph.D., and Stephanie Knatz Peck, PhD

Facility UCSD Eating Disorders Program for Treatment and Research
Address 4510 Executive Drive Suite 315, San Diego, CA, 92121
Phone 858-534-8037
Email cwierenga@ucsd.edu; landerson@ucsd.edu; sknatz@ucsd.edu
Placement Type Outpatient program
Patient Type Patients are adolescents and young adults with eating disorders, and their families.
Experience Type

The practicum student will play a vital role in our 5-day Intensive Family Treatment (IFT) program. The goal of the IFT program is to provide parents with an understanding and the tools necessary to successfully interact and manage their child (adolescent or young adult) with an eating disorder at home. In addition, we teach adolescents and young adults how to understand the symptoms that they are having and develop more effective coping strategies. We also work closely with siblings and other family members to better understand the illness and find ways to support themselves as well as their loved one throughout treatment and recovery.

IFT takes places Monday through Friday, once a month. The programming for young adults is slightly different from the adolescent version and has a strong emphasis on neurobiology.  IFT is conducted in a multi-family format, with 3-8 families receiving treatment together.

The IFT practicum student would co-facilitate the week of programming, which amounts to about 35 hours of treatment per week. They would provide group therapy, supervise parents in providing meal support, and receive weekly supervision.

Number Of Students 1
Experience Necessary Advanced level practicum, must have had experience in therapy prior to this setting.
Time Commitment This question is difficult to answer given the atypical structure of the practicum. 3 weeks out of the month the student would not have any practicum duties, and 1 week out of the month they would be expected to work 35-40 hours, with 100% of that time being face-to-face activities with patients.
Practicum Length 1 Year
Start Date 7/1/2019
Limiting Factors

1)    Please note that the structure of this practicum is somewhat unusual. 3 weeks out of the month the student would not have any practicum duties, and 1 week out of the month they would be expected to work 35-40 hours.

2)    IFT is held at Rady Children’s Hospital, not our clinic on Executive Drive

Description Revised 3/20/2019