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Join Us for a Continuing Education Event in Northern California

June 14, 2017.
  • Continuing education opportunities

    We have an exciting opportunity to share with healthcare professionals in Northern California. We are offering two continuing education presentations discussing the latest research in neurobiology and techniques that can support your treatment of clients struggling with eating disorders. The complimentary events (worth two CEUs) will take place June 26th in Berkeley and June 27th in Sacramento.

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“Good Fit” and Change of Providers

November 10, 2015. Written by Christy Zender, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.
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    By Christy Zender, MSW, LICSW

    One of the most important elements of your treatment will be having a "good fit" with your provider(s). While "good fit" can mean a lot of things, we feel the most important element of fit is having a good level of comfort with your provider. We frequently talk about uncomfortable and difficult things in treatment so it is important you feel heard and responded to by your provider. All people have different communication styles so it is important that you talk openly about what is and what is not working for you.

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Day Treatment vs. IOP – What’s the difference?

September 15, 2015. Written by Mark Warren, M.D.
  • Like many other eating disorder facilities, The Emily Program offers multiple levels of care for adolescents and adults. What makes The Emily Program different is that our services are based in outpatient treatment. As The Emily Program founder Dirk Miller says, "We didn't start as an inpatient program and develop outpatient services to support that model. The reason is pretty simple: most change occurs as an outpatient. We live our lives as 'outpatients.' Ultimately we must apply what's learned to a life of recovery that we live outside the treatment program."

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Talking About Recovery

August 27, 2015. Written by Mark Warren, M.D.
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    Lately, I've wondered what we mean when we talk about recovery. Some people use the term "recovered," others say "recovery," and yet others don't use either. When someone enters into treatment, either that person or their loved ones want to know our success rate. Of course, this presents the question, "Success as measured by what?" As a field, we are at a loss on this question.

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What does it mean if a program says they "do Dialectical Behavioral Therapy"?

August 11, 2015. Written by Mark Warren, M.D., Lucene Wisniewski, PhD
  • Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.

    By Drs Lucene Wisniewski and Mark Warren

    Over the last 15 years Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) has gone from being virtually unknown to being a term utilized by many treatment programs. DBT is an evidence based therapy, initially designed for Borderline Personality Disorder, and more lately for other diagnoses including eating disorders (Wisniewski, L., Safer, D., & Chen, E.Y., 2007). With its increase in popularity among treatment providers it is important to be clear about what it means to "do DBT" so an individual knows if they're receiving evidence based care.

    Comprehensive DBT treatment, initially described by Marsha Linehan, has four components: Individual therapy, skills group, 7 day week phone consultation availability, and consultation team for therapists known as "therapy for therapists". Unless all four of these components are present, a program is not providing comprehensive DBT treatment. Additionally, in order for a therapist to be capable of providing DBT, a significant training process is generally required. This training process necessitates a therapist taking a non-judgmental stance, the ability to encourage motivation and commitment with their client, extensive knowledge and understanding of the DBT skills and therapeutic techniques, and the balance of accepting where a client is while moving them towards change.

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Gardening & Nature as Therapy

July 23, 2015.
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    By Dana Rademacher, intern at The Emily Program

    "Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do...plus you get strawberries." -Ron Finley, Ted Talk: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA

    Let's be honest here for a second, I do not have the best track record when it comes to gardening and caring for plant life. I always get excited by the idea of gardening, but when push comes to shove, I'm just no good at keeping anything alive. I have the opposite of a green thumb if there is such a thing. Being busy between work and school, it is hard to find time to learn which plants are best for the climate, which fertilizer to use or to even pay attention to the rain-to-sun ratio every day.

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Eating with Our Clients: The Therapeutic Meal

June 25, 2015.
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    By Lisa Diers, Director of Nutrition, The Emily Program

    At The Emily Program, our registered dietitian nutritionists work with clients to help them heal their relationships to food and physical selves. Incorporating the proper mix of nourishment into their daily lives helps their bodies and minds begin to recover and function the way they are naturally meant to.

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Adolescent and Young Adult Services Available Now

June 17, 2015.
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    The Emily Program offers a full continuum of eating disorder care tailored specifically for male and female clients ages 10 - early 20s. From outpatient to 24/7 residential treatment, our staff can help young people learn skills to help them lead full, healthy lives. We offer a wide-spectrum of interventions, from Family-Based Treatment (FBT) to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT skills).

    Our staff ensure that each person is provided the treatment that is best suited for their age and needs. A variety of programs are available at many of our locations.

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TEP-Cleveland Expands its Adolescent Skills Groups

August 08, 2014.
  • For a continuum of care, The Emily Program-Cleveland (formerly Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders) has expanded upon its adolescent skills groups to include both DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) programs. The outpatient, skills-based groups meet on a weekly basis in a supportive environment and target teens, ages 13 to 18.

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Walk-in Counseling Now Available in St. Paul

May 07, 2013.
  • Walk-in Counseling Now Available in St. PaulOver the past several months, The Emily Program St. Louis Park office has offered walk-in counseling and referral services to our adult clients. We now offer this same service to adult clients at our St. Paul location, 2265 Como Ave.

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4 Reasons Why You May Not Be Getting Evidenced Based Care

August 31, 2012. Written by Mark Warren, M.D.
  • Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.

    By Dr. Mark Warren

    Every year our understanding of the brain and eating disorders improves. However, there are still a limited number of truly evidence based treatment for our patients. The search for evidence based care may feel overwhelming and sometimes futile. Unfortunately, moving in the direction of care that is not evidence based reduces the likelihood that clients will achieve recovery. There are several reasons why providers may offer care not based on the literature or published data:

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