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There’s Help. There’s Hope! The Emily Program is a warm and welcoming place where individuals and their families can find comprehensive treatment for eating disorders and related issues. This blog is a place for us to share the latest happenings at The Emily Program, as well as helpful tidbits from the broader eating disorder community. Subscribe via RSS to receive automatic updates. We want to hear your story. Email us (blog@emilyprogram.com) and ask how you can become a contributor!

September 19, 2018

Day Treatment for Adults

Adult Day Treatment For Eating Disorders

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The Emily Program’s eating disorder day treatment for adults encompasses both a partial hospitalization program/intensive day program (PHP/IDP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP). Each program is designed to support individuals in their recovery from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosabinge eating disorder, compulsive overeating, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), and Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED)

Our treatment philosophy is centered on providing a healing environment that addresses the complexities of eating disorders with empathy, understanding, and proven therapeutic methods. Whether you are stepping down from residential eating disorder treatment or seeking structured support to begin your journey to recovery, The Emily Program’s eating disorder day treatment for adults provides the tools and compassionate support needed for recovery and relapse prevention. 

By focusing on personalized care for each of our clients, the team of experts at The Emily Program works to make sure that each individual’s journey to recovery is met with care and professionalism, fostering a path to a healthier, more empowered life. 


Partial Hospitalization Program/Intensive Day Program (PHP/IDP)

This intensive, all-day program is for those stepping out of residential care or those who need more support than the intensive outpatient program (IOP). Clients in our PHP/IDP eating disorder  program typically spend 5 days/week, 6 hours/day in PHP/IDP, either in our facilities or in a virtual environment.

Programming includes structured therapeutic meals, behavior exposure groups, and experiential challenges. During your treatment, you’ll meet with your therapist, dietitian, and other medical professionals. Psychiatric assessment, medication management, and medical monitoring may also be part of your partial hospitalization/intensive day program.

We also offer lodging accommodations to make PHP/IDP possible for clients coming from a distance. The lodging option is available to adults 18+ in St. Paul, St. Louis Park, Seattle, and Cleveland.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) focuses on recovery and relapse prevention for those in need of more structure and support than non-intensive outpatient treatment. While in our IOP eating disorder program, clients will typically spend 4 days/week, 3 hours/day in programming either in our facilities or in a virtual environment. Group-based intervention and therapeutic meals provide enhanced therapeutic support and symptom interruption.


Day Eating Disorder Treatment Includes:

  • Group therapy sessions focusing on recovery skills foundational to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Nutrition support through dietitian-planned meals
  • Creative and movement therapies
  • Nutrition and food preparation skills
  • Personalized therapy and nutrition counseling
  • Medical and psychiatric care that addresses the complexities of eating disorders and co-occurring conditions
  • Case management and educational support that monitors progress

    What can you expect a day in our eating disorder treatment to look like?

    Each day in our eating disorder day treatment for adults is thoughtfully structured to foster recovery and personal growth. Our PHP/IDP and IOP programs are tailored to offer a blend of therapeutic activities and personal reflection time, incorporating a variety of therapeutic approaches suitable for different ages. Each of the carefully selected methods aims to equip clients with the skills needed for recovery, identify and deal with triggers, and gain a deeper insight into the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects that contribute to eating disorders. 

    A typical day in our eating disorder day treatment program might begin with a group session focused on developing coping strategies, followed by a shared, therapeutic meal designed to practice mindful eating in a supportive setting. Afternoons could include individual therapy sessions, nutrition education, or expressive arts therapy. 

    Our approach at The Emily Program is designed to emphasize the importance of integrating treatment into daily life, allowing clients to apply what they’ve learned in real-world situations. This balance of structured care and practical application ensures that each person has the tools and support to successfully navigate the recovery journey. 


    How do I get started with the adult day treatment for eating disorders program?

    Starting on the journey toward recovery begins with understanding your needs. The Emily Program offers a starting point through our eating disorder quiz

    For those prepared to start their eating disorder recovery, we encourage you to contact us at 1-888-364-5977 to arrange your first assessment. 

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    September 19, 2018

    Day Treatment for Children, Teens and Young Adults

    Day Treatment Programs – Eating Disorder Treatment for Children, Teens, and Young Adults

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    Partial Hospitalization Program/Intensive Day Program (PHP/IDP)

    This intensive eating disorder treatment program is for those stepping out of residential care or those in need of more support than the intensive outpatient program (IOP) for children, adolescents, and young adults.

    Your child will spend 5 days/week, 6 hours/day, plus school, studying, or tutoring hours, in treatment either in our facilities or in a virtual treatment environment. Programming includes structured therapeutic meals, behavior exposure groups, and experiential challenges.

    During eating disorder treatment, your child will meet with a therapist, dietitian, and other medical professionals. Psychiatric assessment, medication management, and medical monitoring may also be part of your intensive day/partial hospitalization program. In addition to one-on-one therapy, many of our eating disorder treatment programs for adolescents are based on the Maudsley Approach, which recognizes the importance of family involvement in the treatment of eating disorders.

    PHP/IDP is one of the best options for young clients needing the most symptom-reduction attention and staff support while still living at home.


    Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

    Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) for children, adolescents, and young adults focuses on recovery and relapse prevention for adolescents and families in need of more structure and support than non-intensive outpatient treatment. Your child will typically spend 4 days/week, 3 hours per day in programming, either in our facilities or in a virtual telehealth environment, with weekly family participation. Group-based intervention and therapeutic meals provide enhanced therapeutic support and symptom interruption.

    We understand the journey to recovery begins with a single step. Those exploring our day treatment options are encouraged to start with our eating disorder quiz. This initial step is vital in acknowledging the necessity for professional intervention. Our team is unwavering in their commitment to providing the support, expertise, and compassionate care needed for individuals embarking on their path to recovery.

    We are here to help families of  children, teens, and young adults contemplating the first step toward overcoming an eating disorder. Contact us at 1-888-364-5977 to schedule an assessment. Upholding our dedication to delivering exceptional care and assisting individuals in regaining autonomy over their lives from eating disorders is fundamental to The Emily Program’s ethos.

    For detailed information about our day treatment services and how they can be adapted to suit the specific requirements of children, teens, and young adults, please contact The Emily Program. Our team specializes in delivering effective, heartfelt therapy for eating disorders, supporting you every step of the way toward recovery.

    Therapies and Services Available in Our Day Treatment Programs for Children, Teens, and Young Adults

    At The Emily Program, we recognize that the path to recovery from eating disorders is uniquely personal, demanding a combination of compassion, specialized knowledge, and customized care. Our partial hospitalization/intensive day program (PHP/IDP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP) are crafted to provide structured, supportive paths to recovery, specifically designed to meet adolescents and children at any point in their journey toward healing.

    PHP/IDP Eating Disorder Treatment Programs for Children, Teens, and Young Adults

    Our PHP/IDP offers a comprehensive treatment experience for eating disorders, integrating evidence-based therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) alongside nutritional counseling, all within a nurturing community environment. This program is perfectly suited for kids, teens, and young adults requiring intensive support without the need for full hospitalization, operating 5 days a week with a schedule of structured therapeutic activities.

    Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Treating Eating Disorders in Children, Teens, and Young Adults

    Designed with flexibility in mind, our IOP for eating disorders allows young individuals to pursue recovery while maintaining their daily life commitments. While IOP retains a similar focus to PHP/IDP,  it offers participants the chance to remain engaged with their personal, professional, and educational responsibilities, as program hours take place over just a few hours each day. 

    Both programs are built around the principles of personalized care, community support, and family involvement, ensuring a comprehensive approach to recovery. Joining The Emily Program means becoming part of a community that is deeply committed to supporting the wellness and resilience journey of every child, teen, and young adult in our care.

    Eating Disorders Treated By Our Day Treatment Programs For Children, Teens, And Young Adults

    At The Emily Program, we’re dedicated to providing specialized care for young people navigating the complexities of eating disorders. Our approach is centered on creating personalized treatment plans that cater specifically to the needs of children, teens, and adolescents. By integrating therapy for a range of eating disorders with support for co-occurring mental health issues, we strive to offer comprehensive care in a welcoming and empathetic environment.

    Our services are designed to support young ones grappling with anorexia nervosa, where the fear of gaining weight and a skewed self-image can be overwhelming. Through our targeted therapy and support, we aim to foster a journey towards healing in a nurturing and understanding space.

    We also address the needs of those facing bulimia nervosa, characterized by a cycle of binge eating and subsequent compensatory actions like self-induced vomiting or excessive exercise. Our tailored strategies are aimed at helping young individuals navigate and surmount these challenges.

    For children and teens experiencing binge eating disorder, which is marked by overeating episodes often linked to emotional distress and a feeling of loss of control, we provide a supportive environment focused on uncovering and managing emotional triggers and promoting healthier eating practices.

    The eating disorder treatment program also tackles compulsive overeating, a condition where excessive eating doesn’t stem from hunger but rather emotional needs, leading to potential weight gain and health issues. We offer effective strategies aimed at helping young people alter these patterns.

    Our inclusive care extends to treating OSFED (Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder) and ARFID (Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder), ensuring we cover a wide spectrum of eating disorders. Our goal is to ensure that every child, adolescent, and young adult in our care receives the understanding, support, and expert treatment they need to navigate their recovery journey.

    September 10, 2018

    Day Treatment

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    Day Treatment

    Our intensive day treatment programs provide structured eating disorder care throughout the day, allowing clients to receive the support they need while still being able to participate in their everyday lives. Our multidisciplinary team of experts equip clients with the skills and resources needed to build a solid foundation for lasting recovery.

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    Partial Hospitalization/Intensive Day Program (PHP/IDP)

    The Emily Program’s partial hospitalization/intensive day program (PHP/IDP) is an all-day treatment program for clients stepping up or down from a different level of care, as well as those entering treatment who need more than non-intensive outpatient services to build healthy living skills.

    Clients typically spend a minimum of 30 hours a week in a PHP/IDP program, either in our facilities or in a virtual telehealth environment. Comfortable, convenient lodging is available in most locations for adult clients coming from a distance.


    Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

    The Emily Program’s intensive outpatient program (IOP) is for clients transitioning from a higher or lower level of care, as well as those just beginning their care journey. Clients typically spend a minimum of 12 hours per week in an IOP program, either in our facilities or in a virtual telehealth environment.


    Components of Our Day Treatment Programs

    PHP/IDP

    Our PHP/IDP eating disorder program provides an immersive treatment experience, combining evidence-based therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and family-based therapy (FBT) in a supportive community setting. With 30 hours of programming a week (Monday–Friday), PHP/IDP is ideal for those needing intensive care without 24/7 support. In-person and virtual programming for PHP/IDP includes:

    • Skills-based group therapy
    • Therapeutic meals
    • Expressive arts and movement therapy
    • Food skills groups
    • Individual therapy sessions
    • Individual nutrition sessions
    • Psychiatry and medical services 
    • Case management services

    IOP

    Our intensive outpatient program for eating disorders offers flexibility for individuals seeking to balance recovery with daily commitments. Offering a minimum of 12 hours of programming per week, IOP maintains the therapeutic rigor of PHP/IDP, but allows participants more time to engage in their personal, professional, and educational lives. In-person and virtual programming for IOP includes:

    • Skills-based group therapy
    • Therapeutic meals
    • Expressive arts and movement therapy
    • Food skills groups
    • Individual therapy sessions
    • Individual nutrition sessions

    Both PHP/IDP and IOP emphasize personalized care, community support, and family involvement, ensuring a holistic approach to recovery. At The Emily Program, you’re not just joining a treatment program; you’re becoming part of a community dedicated to supporting your journey toward wellness and resilience.

    PHP/IDP and IOP Frequently Asked Questions

    What is a PHP/IDP eating disorder program?

    The partial hospitalization/intensive day program at The Emily Program is an intensive treatment option designed for individuals who require a higher level of care than outpatient services. These programs typically involve around 30 hours of comprehensive care per week, available both in-person and via secure online video.

    How does an intensive outpatient program for eating disorders work?

    An intensive outpatient program (IOP) for eating disorders provides structured support for individuals, allowing them to engage in daily life activities. With up to 12 hours of programming per week, IOP focuses on therapy, nutritional counseling, and group support, tailored to those who need a flexible yet supportive treatment environment.

    Who should consider the partial hospitalization/intensive day program for eating disorders?

    Partial hospitalization/intensive day program for eating disorders is ideal for individuals transitioning from residential care or those needing more intensive support than what is typically offered in traditional IOP or outpatient settings. It offers a structured environment with a focus on intensive recovery work.

    Can you explain the focus of the intensive outpatient program (IOP)?

    The intensive outpatient program emphasizes recovery while maintaining personal and professional responsibilities. It’s designed for individuals seeking substantial eating disorder support through a flexible schedule, incorporating group therapy, individual counseling, and nutritional guidance.

    What distinguishes PHP/IDP eating disorder programs from IOP?

    PHP/IDP provides a more intensive care level, requiring a more significant time commitment each week for structured therapeutic activities. In contrast, IOP offers a more flexible approach, with fewer weekly hours required, catering to those balancing treatment with daily life commitments.

    Are PHP /IDP and IOP available for all age groups?

    Yes, The Emily Program’s PHP/IDP and IOP eating disorders services are available for children, adolescents, and adults. Each program is specifically designed to address the unique recovery needs of different age groups.

    How do PHP/IDP and IOP integrate into the continuum of care?

    PHP/IDP and IOP are essential components of the continuum of care, offering varying levels of support to ensure individuals receive appropriate care at every recovery stage. They bridge the gap between residential treatment and traditional outpatient care.

    What therapeutic approaches are used in PHP/IDP and IOP?

    Both PHP/IDP and IOPs utilize evidence-based treatments, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and family-based treatment (FBT), tailored to promote recovery and resilience in clients.

    How can I access PHP/IDP or IOP services?

    Accessing PHP/IDP or IOP services begins with contacting The Emily Program for an assessment. Our team evaluates each individual’s needs, and if appropriate, recommends the most suitable level of care.

    Where are PHP/IDP and IOP services offered?

    The Emily Program offers PHP/IDP and IOP services in multiple locations, providing accessible, high-quality care for individuals struggling with eating disorders. Each location offers a supportive environment tailored to participant needs. Virtual treatment is also an option for PHP/IDP and IOP depending on the site. 

    Eating Disorders Treated By Our Day Treatment Programs

    The Emily Program’s day treatment offers comprehensive care expertly tailored to address a range of eating disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions in a supportive environment. 

    Anorexia Nervosa

    Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by restricting food due to a fear of gaining weight and a distorted body image that results in a low body weight.

    PHP/IDP and IOP treatment for anorexia includes:

    • Recovery of a healthy weight and nutritional status
    • Treating medical complications related to malnutrition, including correcting electrolyte imbalances and managing cardiac problems
    • Addressing distorted body image and promoting a realistic understanding of body weight and shape
    • Managing anxiety and fears related to food
    • Identifying and addressing underlying psychological factors contributing to anorexia
    • Treating any co-existing mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety
    • Aiding in the development of adaptive coping skills 
    • Resolving any interpersonal conflicts that help maintain the illness
    • Encouraging a positive self-image
    • Providing education and inspiration for continued healing

    Bulimia Nervosa

    Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by recurring episodes of excessive food consumption, followed by purging including self-induced vomiting or over-exercising, with the intention of altering their weight.

    PHP/IDP and IOP treatment for bulimia includes:

    • Developing frequent, well-balanced eating patterns
    • Addressing medical consequences of purging, such as electrolyte imbalances and dental issues
    • Influencing attitudes on body image and weight
    • Creating healthy coping strategies to deal with stress and emotional discomfort
    • Treating underlying psychological problems related to bulimia
    • Treating any co-occurring mental health conditions, such as substance use disorders or mood disorders
    • Fostering awareness of binge and purge patterns and triggers
    • Enhancing one’s sense of self and cultivating a more positive body image
    • Encouraging techniques for preventing relapses in order to sustain long-term recovery

    Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

    Binge eating disorder (BED) is an eating disorder characterized by the consumption of a large amount of food within a short period of time, followed by a feeling of being out of control.

    PHP/IDP and IOP treatment for BED includes:

    • Creating regular and balanced meal patterns
    • Addressing the physical effects of binge eating
    • Developing healthy coping strategies for emotional triggers
    • Identifying and treating underlying psychological concerns that trigger and exacerbate 
    • Treating any co-occurring mental health conditions like anxiety or depression
    • Encouraging mindful eating, including attunement with signs of hunger and fullness
    • Encouraging body neutrality/body positivity and self-compassion
    • Developing techniques for preventing relapses and sustaining long-term recovery

    Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

    Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is an eating disorder characterized by sensory aversions, lack of interest, or choking- or vomiting-related fears. These anxieties fuel food restriction and avoidance, resulting in low body weight and nutritional deficiencies.

    PHP/IDP and IOP treatment for ARFID includes:

    • Increasing the range of food consumed and gradually exposing oneself to fear foods
    • Addressing nutritional deficits and encouraging healthy weight gain and maintenance
    • Recognizing and addressing food-related sensory problems, such as aversions to certain textures or smells
    • Addressing the psychological underpinnings that influence the development and maintenance of ARFID
    • Offering education and support to caregivers on how to foster a happy mealtime atmosphere and encourage adherence to treatment objectives
    • Providing instruction on coping mechanisms and managing phobias or anxieties connected to eating
    • Providing continued support and supervision to ensure sustained progress and avoid relapse

    Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED)

    Restriction, purging, and binge eating are just a few of the disordered eating behaviors that fall under the umbrella of the Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED).

    PHP/IDP and IOP treatment for OSFED includes:

    • Recognizing and treating particular eating disorders, including purging disorder or night eating syndrome
    • Addressing any health issues resulting from the particular disordered eating behaviors present
    • Managing emotions without turning to disordered eating behaviors by addressing emotional triggers and creating better coping mechanisms
    • Discovering and treating underlying psychological problems that influence the onset and maintenance of OSFED
    • Treating any co-occurring mental health conditions that might be worsening the symptoms of OSFED
    • Promoting healthy eating habits and taking care of dietary inadequacies
    • Addressing any social or interpersonal elements that support an eating disorder
    • Promoting body positivity and self-compassion
    • Establishing clear objectives, offering relapse prevention techniques, and promoting long-term recovery

    We encourage those contemplating our day treatment to begin with our self-assessment eating disorder quiz. This initial step can be instrumental in understanding the need for professional help. 

    For anyone ready to take the first step towards overcoming an eating disorder, we are available at 1-888-364-5977 to arrange an assessment. The commitment to providing the finest care and assisting individuals to regain control over their lives from eating disorders is a cornerstone of The Emily Program’s mission.

    For more information about our day treatment and how it can be tailored to your specific needs, please contact The Emily Program. Our team is dedicated to providing effective, compassionate therapy for eating disorders, helping you on your journey to recovery.

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