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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!

August 15, 2022
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Virtual Outpatient

Care that’s just a click away

The Emily Program offers virtual outpatient treatment for adults, adolescents, and children of all genders. Some people begin treatment at the outpatient level, while others step down to it from a higher level of care. Outpatient treatment is personalized to each client’s needs and designed to provide the insight and skills necessary to promote lasting recovery.

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Virtual Outpatient Treatment includes:

  • Individual sessions with a therapist who specializes in eating disorders and associated health complications
  • Family therapy, as appropriate, to involve parents, partners, children, and other loved ones in the healing process
  • Group therapy with other people experiencing similar issues, thoughts, and feelings
  • Nutrition education
  • Individual sessions with a dietitian who specializes in eating disorders, as needed, particularly when stepping down from higher levels of care
  • Medical and psychiatric services, as needed, particularly when stepping down from higher levels of care

The Emily Program’s virtual outpatient treatment is available in Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

Locations providing Virtual Outpatient Treatment

August 10, 2022
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Virtual IOP for Eating Disorder Treatment

Your connection to recovery

The Emily Program offers an intensive outpatient program (IOP) via virtual treatment. Virtual IOP treatment allows us to deliver eating disorder care to those who cannot travel to our locations for care or who prefer to attend programming from home. Through virtual eating disorder treatment, our clients can connect with their care team and peers over a secure video connection.

As in traditional intensive programming, our multidisciplinary care teams guide clients through our evidence-based eating disorder treatment program.

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Virtual IOP includes:

  • Individual therapy
  • Skills-based group therapy
  • Therapeutic meals
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Yoga/mindfulness therapy
  • Psychiatry and medical services, as needed

The Emily Program’s Virtual IOP is available for children, teens, and adults in Minnesota, Ohio, and Washington.

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Locations providing Virtual IOP for eating disorders

What to Expect from Our Virtual IOP Eating Disorder Program

Prior to the start of programming, clients will have an assessment and participate in an orientation. To prepare for virtual treatment, clients will receive materials detailing how to connect, what to expect during individual and group sessions, how to optimize the group experience virtually, how to prepare for meals, and all group curriculum and materials.

Virtual IOP meets for 12 hours per week (three hours/day, four days/week), including one therapeutic meal per day. Group sessions contain 10 or fewer clients and meal sessions include five or fewer clients, along with therapy and/or nutrition staff.

Learn more about our virtual IOP eating disorder treatmen services in this information sheet:

What Types of Eating Disorders Are Treated in Our Virtual IOP Program

Our Virtual IOP for eating disorders provides a dynamic and supportive environment for those seeking flexibility along with comprehensive treatment from the safety and comfort of their own home. Below are the specific eating disorders addressed by our Virtual IOP eating disorder programs:

  • Anorexia Nervosa: Our virtual intensive outpatient eating disorder treatment program offers specialized strategies for individuals facing restrictive eating patterns and significant weight loss, addressing the intense fear of gaining weight that characterizes anorexia.
  • Bulimia Nervosa: The virtual IOP eating disorder program offers therapeutic interventions for recurrent binge eating followed by purging, focusing on breaking this cycle through personalized therapy and support.
  • Binge Eating Disorder (BED): Our virtual IOP for eating disorders helps people manage and overcome the cycle of bingeing providing tools to regain control and establish a balanced, regular eating routine.
  • Compulsive Overeating: Addressed through our virtual intensive outpatient eating disorder treatment programs, this disordered eating behavior is characterized by episodes of excessive, uncontrolled eating that are tackled with strategies aimed at managing emotional distress and reducing the guilt associated with overeating.
  • Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID): This condition, involving a persistent aversion to food, is comprehensively treated through our virtual IOP eating disorder programs, which cater to those with sensory sensitivities, anxieties about choking, or negative past experiences with food.
  • Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED): For conditions that do not meet the criteria of other specified disorders, our virtual IOP provides a flexible yet structured treatment approach tailored to each client’s symptoms and challenges.

Each participant in our virtual IOP for eating disorders benefits from a multidisciplinary approach that combines therapy, nutrition counseling, and ongoing support, all delivered through a secure, accessible online platform.

How Does Virtual Eating Disorder Treatment Work?

Our virtual eating disorder treatment brings our comprehensive care directly to your home through advanced technology. Engage with your dedicated treatment team via secure video calls, receiving the depth of care typical of our on-site services. Our virtual IOP eating disorder treatment entails individual and group therapy, therapeutic meal support, nutritional guidance, and necessary medical or psychiatric consultations. Your health and safety are continuously evaluated and your treatment plan is adapted to fit your evolving needs, ensuring a personalized and supportive treatment journey from home.

What Are the Requirements to Participate in the Virtual IOP Eating Disorder Program?

To take part in our virtual IOP eating disorder program, you will need a reliable internet connection and a device equipped with a camera, such as a computer or smartphone. Our team provides support for any technical setups and addresses challenges like connectivity issues, ensuring you can engage effectively in our virtual outpatient eating disorder treatment without technical disruptions.

How Secure Is My Personal Information during the Virtual IOP Eating Disorder Programming?

Your privacy and security are our utmost priorities. Throughout your participation in our virtual IOP eating disorder program, we implement rigorous confidentiality measures to protect your personal information. Our security protocols are robust, maintaining a high level of privacy assurance to create a secure and reliable setting for your recovery.

Beginning treatment starts with calling to schedule an evaluation with us. No referral is necessary. You can reach us by calling 1-888-364-5977 or by filling out an online form. Our team is here to assist you seven days a week, ready to answer your questions and support your journey toward recovery.

August 10, 2022
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Virtual PHP/IDP Eating Disorder Treatment

Structured support for where you are

The Emily Program offers virtual partial hospitalization/intensive day programming (PHP/IDP) for treating eating disorders in both adults and adolescents. This high-intensity therapeutic intervention is delivered by our multidisciplinary care teams of therapists, dietitians, and medical and psychiatry providers who guide clients through comprehensive evidence-based eating disorder treatment.

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Virtual PHP/IDP eating disorder treatment includes:

  • Skills-based group therapy
  • Therapeutic meals
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Food skills groups
  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Individual nutrition sessions
  • Yoga/mindfulness therapy
  • Family therapy (for adolescents)
  • Psychiatry and medical services

The Emily Program’s Virtual PHP/IDP is available for children, teens, and adults in Minnesota, Ohio, and Washington.

Locations providing Virtual PHP/IDP eating disorder treatment

What to expect

Prior to the start of programming, clients will have an assessment and participate in an orientation. To prepare for the start of our virtual PHP/IDP eating disorder treatment programming, clients and parents will receive materials detailing what to expect during group and individual sessions, how to optimize the group experience, how to prepare for meals, and all group curriculum and materials. Clients will have medical assessments and follow-up appointments in person at The Emily Program, via virtual treatment, or with a local primary care provider, as needed.

Virtual PHP/IDP meets a minimum of 30 hours per week (Monday–Friday), including two therapeutic meals plus snacks each day. Hours vary depending on the programming location. Weekend programming is also available virtually to extend care to seven days a week. Group sessions contain six or fewer clients, along with therapy and/or nutrition staff. Family sessions take place virtually.

How does virtual PHP/IDP eating disorder treatment work?

Virtual PHP/IDP eating disorder treatment at The Emily Program uses secure online technology to provide clients with intensive, structured eating disorder treatment in the comfort of their homes. Upon admission, you will receive detailed instructions on accessing the virtual platform using a laptop, desktop, tablet, or smartphone. The larger the screen, the better you’ll be able to see everyone in group sessions.

The program involves a combination of individual, group, and family therapy sessions. Each client participates in therapeutic meals, joining others virtually to experience a supportive dining environment. Virtual programming is designed to be interactive and engaging, mirroring the in-person treatment experience as closely as possible.

To accommodate clients with technological challenges, The Emily Program provides internet and device access at its facilities, if needed. This approach ensures that all clients can participate fully in their PHP/IDP virtual treatment, receiving the same high level of care and support as traditional, in-person programs.

Is your virtual PHP/IDP eating disorder treatment private?

Maintaining our clients’ privacy is a top priority in our virtual PHP/IDP eating disorder treatment. The Emily Program conducts all virtual partial hospitalization and intensive day program sessions within a secure online environment, making certain of your confidentiality. Support persons involved are instructed to safeguard private information.

We recognize the importance of trust in the treatment process and are dedicated to providing a confidential space for all clients. Our PHP/IDP virtual treatment adheres to strict privacy protocols, fostering a secure and supportive setting for recovery.

How do therapeutic meals work during virtual PHP/IDP eating disorder treatment?

Therapeutic meals are an important part of our virtual PHP/IDP eating disorder treatment. Clients join their peers virtually at mealtime, creating a supportive environment similar to in-person therapeutic meals. 

Before each meal, clients prepare their food so they are ready to sit down with the group. Smaller group sizes during meals allow for more personalized support from staff and peers, enhancing the therapeutic experience. 

Therapeutic meals in our virtual partial hospitalization/intensive day program are designed to help you develop healthy eating habits and improve your relationship with food in a supportive and interactive online setting.

What is a typical day like in virtual PHP/IDP eating disorder treatment?

The Emily Program’s virtual PHP/IDP program provides structured daily schedules for both adults and adolescents. For all ages, a typical day in PHP/IDP includes activities including therapeutic meals and snacks, self-monitoring, skills sessions, nutrition education, mindfulness exercises, yoga, and psychoeducation.

These schedules ensure that clients are engaged in consistent, comprehensive care essential for effective eating disorder treatment. The structure and routine of our virtual partial hospitalization/intensive day program can help you build stability and make progress in your recovery, maintaining the rigor and support of traditional in-person programs.

Learn more about our virtual PHP/IDP services in this information sheet:

February 23, 2022
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CARE IOP

Virtual binge eating disorder treatment tailored to your needs

The Emily Program offers virtual eating disorder treatment through our CARE IOP, an intensive outpatient program for adults with binge eating disorder or OSFED with a pattern of binge eating. This virtual eating disorder treatment program addresses the unique treatment needs of those affected by binge eating or compulsive overeating, honoring clients’ identities and experiences in informed, inclusive, and intersectional care. CARE IOP is currently available in Minnesota, Ohio, and Washington, with plans to expand.

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If you are considering CARE IOP or have questions you’d like answered, please email frontdesk.CAREIOP@accanto.com, and we’ll set up a time to connect with one of our CARE providers.

If you are a provider interested in making a referral to CARE IOP and have questions or would like to learn more, please contact frontdesk.CAREIOP@accanto.com.  

CARE IOP includes:

  • Online, specialized binge eating treatment programming that takes place 4 days/week, 3 hours/day, including individual therapy and nutrition counseling
  • Comprehensive curriculum that responds to clients’ intersectional identities with topics such as self-compassion, counteracting internalized weight stigma, exposure with response prevention, body appreciation, and health-promoting behaviors
  • Skills acquisition groups informed by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Therapeutic-supported meals that allow clients to explore their eating patterns and overall relationship with food in order to increase attunement and a sense of peace with eating
  • Weekly nutrition education and psychoeducation groups

Learn more about our virtual intensive treatment for binge eating in this information sheet:  CARE IOP Overview

Locations providing Virtual CARE IOP for Binge Eating

What is CARE IOP?

CARE IOP is a virtual IOP eating disorder program for adults experiencing binge eating disorder or OSFED with a pattern of binge eating. CARE stands for Cultivating Awareness and Resilience with Experience/Eating/Emotions. We offer CARE IOP in Minnesota, Ohio, and Washington, with plans to expand.

Why is a stand-alone program for treating binge eating necessary?

While binge eating shares a common etiology with other disordered eating behaviors, special consideration must be given to the specific needs of those living with binge eating disorder or OSFED with a pattern of binge eating. A separate binge eating program can more adequately respond to the unique challenges that people experiencing binge eating face, including those surrounding meal and snack times, food and body judgments, and complex intersectional issues related to weight. A safe, responsive, and weight-inclusive environment that honors clients’ lived experiences can support long-term recovery.

How does virtual eating disorder treatment work?

Our virtual eating disorder treatment utilizes technology to bring the comprehensive care you’d typically find at an Emily Program location right to you. This means you can connect with your treatment team through secure video conferencing, receiving the same level of in-person structured support without stepping outside your door.

Like the in-depth programming you’d expect from traditional in-person treatment, our virtual approach includes everything from individual, group, and family therapy to therapeutic meal support, nutritional counseling, psychiatry sessions, and medical appointments as needed.

We closely monitor your medical and safety needs, regularly assessing them to ensure the care you’re receiving is just right for you. Our ongoing attention to detail ensures your virtual treatment experience is safe and tailored to your unique situation.

Will CARE IOP address weight loss?

Weight loss is not a focus of this program. It is very common for clients to seek treatment with concerns about the impact of their weight on their physical and/or mental health. Our providers strive to understand and acknowledge clients’ concerns, while clarifying the program’s focus on decreasing/eliminating disordered eating behaviors and reclaiming a positive relationship with food, body, and self. The CARE IOP curriculum supports clients in investigating their motivation related to changing their weight/shape/size, and highlights the relevance of shifting the focus from intentional weight loss to overall health. Related curriculum content includes but is not limited to: consequences of dieting, weight bias, weight stigma, and related socio-cultural norms; Health At Every Size®; whole-health promoting behaviors; and body appreciation. 

Is exercise a component of CARE IOP?

While exercise is not an explicit component of the program, clients will have the opportunity to explore their relationship with movement. They will also learn about the benefits of movement and how movement can influence their physical and mental health. If clients have an interest in increasing movement or engaging in exercise, their care team will support them in ensuring a focus on safety, balance, and recovery-oriented motivation.

Is the virtual CARE IOP eating disorder program suitable for all ages?

At this time, our virtual CARE IOP program is offered only to adults experiencing binge eating disorder or OSFED with a pattern of binge eating.

How long do people stay in CARE IOP?

As with other programs at The Emily Program, length of stay depends on various factors, such as client progress, achievement of goals, and frequency and intensity of symptoms. Participants are encouraged to plan for 6–8 weeks in CARE IOP programming, with the knowledge that this timeline may be shorter or longer depending on their unique circumstances.

Will CARE IOP be available in-person in the future?

CARE IOP will remain 100% virtual, providing clients an ongoing opportunity for supported self-accountability while practicing eating, food preparation, and coping within the comfort and privacy of their own space.

Is CARE IOP’s virtual eating disorder treatment as effective as in-person care?

The Emily Program’s virtual CARE IOP was specifically designed to fill the gaps that former clients reported seeing in traditional in-person eating disorder treatment settings. We conducted comprehensive client surveys, reviewed research, and consulted with clinical experts to create the most effective evidence-based curriculum that considers the unique needs and intersectional domains of people living with binge eating disorder or OSFED with a pattern of binge eating. Our experienced, dedicated healthcare providers tailor virtual CARE IOP treatment to your specific needs, educating and supporting you every step of the way.

What requirements are there for participating in virtual CARE IOP?

Participation in our virtual CARE IOP eating disorder program requires a computer or smartphone with internet connectivity and a camera. Our team is on hand to assist with any technical setup or requirements. Should you encounter technological issues, such as internet connectivity issues, we assist by identifying alternative solutions, allowing you to seamlessly partake in our online binge eating treatment and broader virtual care.

How secure is my personal information during virtual CARE IOP programming?

Unquestionably secure. The Emily Program is dedicated to upholding stringent confidentiality protocols to safeguard your personal information throughout your participation in our virtual CARE IOP eating disorder program. Our commitment to your privacy and security is steadfast, ensuring a safe and trustworthy environment for your recovery journey.

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