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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.

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 partial hospitalization program for eating disorders, 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) for eating disorders 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


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), our PHP programs are ideal for those needing intensive care without 24/7 support. Our in-person and virtual PHP eating disorder programming 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


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 location.

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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