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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.

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