Supervisor

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

Facility UC San Diego Eating Disorders Program for Treatment and Research
Address 4510 Executive Drive Suite 315, San Diego, CA, 92121
Phone 858-534-8037
Email cwierenga@health.ucsd.edu; landerson@health.ucsd.edu; sknatz@health.ucsd.edu
Placement Type Outpatient clinic
Patient Type Patients are adolescents and adults (and their families) with eating disorders who are enrolled in a Partial Hospitalization Program or Intensive Family Treatment (IFT) Program for eating disorders that consists of individual, group, and family therapy.
Experience Type

PHP Program: The practicum in the Adolescent and Adult Eating Disorders PHP Programs includes group therapy, meal support, multi-disciplinary treatment team, weekly/bi-weekly seminar and weekly supervision. Approximately 3-5 hours will be devoted to group therapy (e.g., co-leading DBT, process, goals, psychoed groups) and 1-2 hours/week will be in providing meal support. The remaining hours will be allocated for training, supervision, and coordination of care with the treatment team. 

IFT Program: The practicum in the IFT Program includes group therapy and meal supports within 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. The trainee will receive 1 hour of face-to-face, direct, individual supervision with the primary supervisor during the IFT week, and at least 3 hours of in-vivo supervision while co-facilitating the treatment with the supervisor.

Number Of Students 2 (1 per program)
Experience Necessary Advanced level practicum, must have had experience in therapy prior to this setting.
Time Commitment

PHP Program: 10 hours per week

IFT Program: 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 35-39 hours, with 100% of that time (other than supervision) being face-to-face activities with patients.

Practicum Length 1 Year
Start Date 7/1/2020
Limiting Factors

PHP Program: Treatment team and CE seminar is held Tuesday mornings. Groups are held Monday through Saturday.   

IFT Program: 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 35-39 hours, with 100% of that time (other than supervision) being face-to-face activities with patients.

Description Revised 05/05/2020