May 2017 - Monthly News & Tips
IN THIS ISSUE
- Our Integrated Eating Disorder/Substance Use Disorder (ED/SUD) Intensive Day Program (IIDP) is now up and running. The IIDP and Integrated Intensive Outpatient Program (IIOP), provide personalized care for those with both an eating disorder and substance use disorder. Both programs are currently offered in St. Paul and St. Louis Park in Minnesota.
- Our Spokane site recently began an intensive outpatient program designed to help adults struggling with compulsive overeating or binge eating disorder develop a healthy relationship with food.
Recent research in the treatment of eating disorders suggests “early behavior change accurately predicts later symptom remission.”
In other words, what we now feel increasingly certain about is that a client’s early response to treatment, particularly for anorexia nervosa and binge eating disorder, is a strong indicator as to whether treatment will be effective in the long run.
This is particularly important information for clinicians because for many clients, there’s a significant time gap between the initial presentation of an eating disorder and receiving effective care.
During that time period, there is often awareness of an eating disorder, but problems with the management of it. The eating disorder may be misunderstood and not treated with the correct level of urgency, or time may be spent on ineffective therapies.
For those of us in the eating disorder field, this has several implications. First, these findings highlight the need to offer outreach and education to medical and psychological providers, as well as family and friends of those struggling with eating disorders. It’s crucial for providers and caregivers to know that eating disorders must be effectively treated as soon as possible, or the odds of it lingering increase dramatically.
Second, once the client is in our care, it’s imperative to closely monitor their progress. If a client isn’t responding to treatment within four to six weeks, it may be that another therapy is necessary, whether that’s evidence-based care, a more intensive level of care, or a combination of both.
But in all cases, we now know that what we don’t want is to continue to try the same treatment over and over, hoping it’ll eventually work. To get better, people need to have a treatment that works relatively quickly. If a treatment is not working quickly, we need to change, add to, or intensify the treatment in order to help achieve full recovery.
Mark Warren, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, The Emily Program
Cynthia Golden, Adolescent Assessment Coordinator, Cleveland
Cindy Golden joined The Emily Program in May 2013 as an adolescent and adult therapist. She set out to make a difference in the eating disorder field because two of her closest friends in high school, as well as a family member, battled the illness.
During her time with The Emily Program, she’s been trained in Maudsley Family Based Therapy for adolescents and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for adults with eating disorders. Though today she serves as our adolescent assessment coordinator, Cindy continues to hold therapy sessions for family and adult clients.
“The biggest reward of my job is helping people,” she said. “I hope that I have made a positive impact on people’s recovery. I went into social work to make a difference in the world. I am very committed to doing what is best for my clients, helping them work toward positive goals, and improving their overall physical and emotional health.”
Cindy received her Master’s in Social Work in 1991 from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
Learn more about Cindy and why we think she stands out!
TEP: What can clients expect during an assessment?
Cindy: I first meet individually with the adolescent and then with the parents to develop a treatment plan.Together, we devise a plan based on the seriousness of the illness, the adolescent’s medical stability, the intensity of their eating disorder thoughts and behaviors, as well as my perception of the parents’ ability to re-feed them. Finally, I bring the family together, where we present the plan to the adolescent and discuss goals for ongoing success.
TEP: What’s one tip you can offer new clients?
Cindy: Recovery is a process and it won’t happen overnight, so try to be patient with the ups and downs that go along with treatment and recovery.
TEP: What are you most looking forward to this summer?
Cindy: So ... I am turning 50 this month! I am not going to let that stop me. I want to learn how to paddleboard, and I will likely take a trip to the East Coast to visit friends. I hope to spend a lot of time with my fiancée and children this summer. I love being outdoors and doing anything active, such as biking, hiking and swimming.
Join us to hear inspiring stories of recovery from staff, former clients and community members. Recovery nights are free and open to the public. Upcoming dates:
Woodbury, MN: Tues., May 30: Begins at 6:00 p.m. at 576 Bielenberg Drive, Suite 250, Room 2309, Woodbury, MN 55125
Cleveland, OH: Thurs., June 1: Begins at 6:30 p.m. at 25550 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood, OH 44122
The Emily Program is growing! We are currently recruiting for caring and compassionate professionals to join our team!
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