This has been an exciting week for the future of FBT across the world. I spent Tuesday at a forum on FBT in Israel. I want to send special thanks to my gracious hosts Eynat Zubery and Drs. Daniel Stein and Yael Latzer as well as to all of those who enthusiastically attended and participated in our discussions. The gathering was especially noteworthy in that it occurred immediately prior to the most sacred day of the year in Israel, Yom Kippur…a day of fasting.
It was a big day for Israel-based therapists, as it was one of the few occasions when all seven major ED treatment centers were able to meet together and have an important dialogue on the state of eating disorders treatment in Israel.
Eating disorders treatment is in a state of transition in Israel, with families trying to navigate various government funded treatment systems.
Unlike the US, the Israeli government fully covers extended inpatient stays. This creates a varied set of incentives and pressures. Long stays allow families to more easily “hand over” their child’s treatment to the hospital system. Unfortunately, most of these families have not been adequately prepared to help sustain the progress achieved during hospitalization upon discharge, leaving them feeling confused, lost, and disempowered. As far as research funding goes, eating disorders are low on the totem pole of priorities. This is changing, but very slowly.
Kudos to those centers making efforts to increase family inclusion and participation during treatment. I look forward to continuing the important dialogue that was begun this week.