Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our program combines cutting-edge medical and psychiatric expertise in treating feeding and eating disorders.  We treat patients discharged from residential or inpatient hospitalization and those who need more structure than currently provided in outpatient therapy (e.g. meal support).  Families will learn how to manage the course of recovery and gain skills in dealing with both eating specific and general psychiatric problems encountered by their loved ones.

Our Evening Intensive Outpatient Program (EIOP) provides comprehensive treatment to patients suffering from feeding and eating disorders (e.g. anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating, avoidant restrictive food intake disorder, other specified feeding and eating disorders). The philosophy of the program is informed by a combination of evidence-based treatments including Family Based Therapy (FBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In addition, the program provides clinically trained staff for meal support at mid-morning snack and lunch.  Meals are individually designed by the Registered Dietitian to meet eat patient’s dietary needs.  Our patients are generally between the ages of 12 and 22 years old.  Patients are often connected to outside providers (e.g. psychiatrist, individual therapist, etc.).  Patients are welcome to continue working with their outside providers while in our program.  Additionally, our program will collaborate with outside providers throughout the patient’s stay and upon discharge.

Program Overview

The core treatment program consists of 3 days per week, about 3 hours per day. Patients are monitored at all times during the program. The core components of treatment involve:

  • One meal and one snack per day
  • Meal support provided at every meal and snack by extensively trained staff members
  • Weekly staff psychiatrist session which will include medication management or diagnostic assessment, if necessary
  • Weekly medical monitoring which will include weight and vitals, including urine toxicology for substance abuse, if indicated
  • Weekly multi-family meal/group, occurring during lunch at noon
  • Daily group therapy utilizing interventions from evidence based therapies shown to be effective in the treatment of eating disorders and comorbid mood problems (depression, anxiety, substance abuse):
    • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
    • Family Based Therapy (FBT)
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
    • Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT), otherwise known as Flexible Thinking Group

Outside of the core treatment program, our IOP offers opportunities for additional therapy:

  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Parent skills training group
  • Mirror exposure treatment
  • Nutritional counseling services