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CARE IOP

Virtual binge eating treatment tailored to your needs


The Emily Program now offers CARE IOP, an intensive outpatient program for adults with binge eating disorder or OSFED with a pattern of binge eating. This telehealth 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 and Washington with plans to expand.


CARE IOP includes:

  • Virtual programming 4 days/week, 3 hours/day, along with 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 in this information sheet: CARE IOP Overview

What is CARE IOP?

CARE IOP is an intensive outpatient program offered via telehealth 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 are now accepting CARE IOP referrals in Minnesota and Washington and plan to expand the program to other states over the next two years. 

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 experience can support long-term recovery.

Will CARE IOP address weight loss?

Weight loss will not be 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, as well as 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, they will be supported in doing so with a focus on safety, balance, and recovery-oriented motivation.

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 knowledge this may be shorter or longer depending on their unique circumstances.

Will CARE IOP be 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.

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