Welcome to FBTcentral

This website is dedicated to parents undertaking Family Based Treatment (FBT) with their adolescent suffering from Anorexia Nervosa. It offers knowledge, support and practical strategies to guide parents along their FBT journey.


This Manual is designed to assist and support parents as they embark on their journey of restoring their child’s health. To most parents the journey will feel like sailing through unchartered waters in stormy weather hoping to reach a far off destination. Most parents commence their journey with minimal sailing skills and feeling very doubtful if they will ever reach their destination. They are given a map called Family Based Treatment (FBT) which is also foreign to them and outlines what seems to be very strange parenting practices that contradict many of their firmly held beliefs of parenting which prior to their child’s illness felt logical, comfortable, and served them well. They are told that the journey will be intense and they will need to complete it quickly in order to give their child the best chance of reaching the destinationsafely and in good health.

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About the Author

Maria Ganci

I am a registered Clinical Mental Health Social Worker currently based part-time at the Royal Children’s Hospital Specialist Eating Disorder Clinic, Melbourne.

My interest in Eating Disorders commenced in 2005 and in 2007 I joined the Eating Disorder Team that established the Royal Children’s Hospital Specialist Eating Disorders Program.

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Parent FBT Skills Workshops

These workshops are available on line via ZOOM for a group of 8 parents undertaking FBT who feel they need more understanding of the treatment and....

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Parent Consultation

I provide consultation regarding Family Based Treatment to parents who feel they require further information regarding any aspect of FBT, or who....

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Supervision is essential for clinicians to ensure their ongoing clinical development in particular micro skill development and expertise in FBT.....

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Our Testimonials

What our Clients and Professionals say

The path that parents take to help their child recover from an eating disorder is often daunting and full of challenges. This manual, written with wisdom, warmth and understanding, provides parent with practical  information, helpful tips and inspiring advice that will be useful as an adjunct to treatment.

Dr Michele Yeo MBBS FRACP PhD, Paediatrician / Adolescent Physician, Centre for Adolescent Health, Royal Children’s Hospital

“This manual is my number one resource for parents and clinicians involved in FBT. Since using this manual in my private practice, parents have routinely told me that the manual has helped them feel empowered and knowledgeable about beating Anorexia. I highly recommend clinicians use this manual as a companion to FBT to ensure consistency in the information parents receive.”

Dr Linsey Atkins, Hope Family Clinic

Upcoming Events

“Adolescent Focused Treatment for Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa”

Presented by: Dr Ann Moye  & Co facilitated by Maria Ganci and Dr Linsey Atkins

This training is endorsed by The Training Institute for Child & Adolescent Eating Disorders

Date & Time: Tuesday 1 March & Wednesday 2 March 20169.00am – 4.30pm

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