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Virtual CARE IOP for Binge Eating

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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Telehealth

Telehealth

Virtual support to keep you on the path to recovery

We understand the importance of wellness and connection during this extraordinary situation. We are committed to continuing to offer all levels of eating disorder treatment at a time when our clients need support more than ever.

To that end, The Emily Program now offers virtual eating disorder treatment* for outpatient sessions, intensive outpatient programs (IOP) and partial hospitalization programs (PHP)/intensive day programs (IDP). Our multidisciplinary care team will continue to provide compassionate, evidence-based care for eating disorders in a secure virtual environment. Through telehealth, our clients can stay connected with their care providers and continue to pursue recovery through individual and group treatment.

*Note: Telehealth is currently offered in Minnesota, Washington, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Telehealth across state lines has limitations. We are advocating to be able to deliver telehealth throughout the U.S., but it will take time. 

Here are information sheets on each of our telehealth intensive program offerings:

Telehealth PHP/IDP brochure (adults)
Telehealth PHP/IDP brochure (adolescents)
Telehealth IOP brochure (adults)
Telehealth IOP brochure (adolescents)

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What is telehealth?

Telehealth uses technology to deliver care to clients virtually. It allows you to connect to your treatment team by video in order to receive the structured support you would typically receive in person.

Like traditional intensive programming (IDP/PHP and IOP), telehealth programming at The Emily Program includes individual, group, and family therapy; therapeutic meal support; nutritional counseling; psychiatry sessions; and medical appointments, as appropriate. Your treatment plan will be personalized to fit your specific needs.

Prior to receiving telehealth at The Emily Program, you will attend an orientation that introduces your programming schedule and curriculum. Orientation staff will ensure you have access to the appropriate food and nutritional supplements, technology, and other resources you will need to participate in telehealth services.

Medical and safety needs will be assessed regularly to ensure you are receiving the level of care appropriate for you.

How do I prepare for treatment?

Read through these documents on how to get ready for treatment prior to your first appointment.

Preparing for your telehealth services
How to access and use secure video

What if I don’t have internet access at home?

Please let us know if you have any technology concerns (e.g., internet access) that would make it difficult for you to participate from home. We will provide internet for you on-site at The Emily Program so that you can participate in telehealth services. 

How will residential treatment work?

Residential treatment will continue in person. We have implemented strict safety measures and protocols based on guidelines from the CDC, WHO and local health department recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Outpatient For Adults

Outpatient Care For Adults

Our outpatient program helps you gain insight and develop recovery skills. Some people can do the outpatient program when they first come to The Emily Program, while others will need partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient or residential treatment first and then will step down into outpatient. In addition to the recovery work you’ll be doing, you can continue or re-establish everyday activities like work or school. Outpatient care is available at each of our convenient locations in Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, or Washington or in a virtual telehealth environment.

Personalized treatment plans

Our personalized treatment approach is based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). We design a treatment plan to address your needs, using best practices in the field of eating disorders treatment. Your outpatient treatment plan may include:

  • Group therapy with other adults experiencing similar issues, thoughts, and feelings
  • Individual sessions with a therapist who specializes in eating disorders and associated health complications
  • Family therapy, if appropriate, to involve the spouse or partner, children, parents, siblings, and other family in the healing process
  • Nutrition education
  • Individual sessions with a dietitian who specializes in eating disorders, as needed, particularly when stepping down from higher levels of care
  • Medical and psychiatric services, as needed, particularly when stepping down from higher levels of care

Individual sessions

In individual outpatient sessions at The Emily Program, you will meet one-on-one with a therapist, dietitian, psychiatrist, and/or physician. The type and frequency of individual sessions vary by treatment plan and are designed to help you move forward in recovery. These healing connections strengthen your recovery and help you learn and practice the skills you need for health.

Group therapy

At The Emily Program, we believe that group therapy can be an incredibly important part of your recovery from an eating disorder. Groups provide a safe, judgment-free environment to process thoughts, emotions, and behaviors with other people in similar situations. We offer many therapeutic and skill-building groups, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training, Eating Disorders and Substance Use Disorder recovery, Families Supporting Families, and more. Group sessions vary by location. Your intake therapist and/or individual therapist will recommend a group that might be the best fit for you.

Click on the links below to learn more about group offerings at our locations:

Minnesota:

*Includes groups at St. Louis Park and St. Paul (multiple locations)

Ohio:

Washington:

Please speak with your individual therapist about any group opportunities that interest you. Your provider can help guide and inform you about which groups would be a good fit for where you are on your path to recovery. Your provider is also your contact to enroll in any of our outpatient groups.

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Outpatient Care For Children, Teens and Young Adults

Outpatient Care for Children, Teens and Young Adults

Children, teens, and young adults have different concerns than adults. Our providers specialize in adolescents and will design a treatment plan to suit your child’s needs. Whether it’s individual, group, or family sessions (or all three), The Emily Program offers a continuum of developmentally appropriate treatment options for all young people. Scheduled around school hours, our individual and group sessions build in times for family involvement—a crucial part of recovery.

Outpatient Care Strengthens Connections

With years of experience treating teens and young adults struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, compulsive eating, and related mental health issues, including substance use disorders, we know the value of family involvement in recovery. Outpatient therapy helps your child reconnect with family, friends, and community.

Our adolescent outpatient services team shapes its care programs on these core values:

  • Passion: We are passionate about treating eating disorders and helping our clients get well.
  • Respect: Clients and families come first—we have empathy and patience for everyone in our community.
  • Commitment: We are committed to facilitating the recovery of the greatest number of people in need.
  • Collaboration: We partner with families and communities to offer flexible treatment options.

We’ve designed our adolescent services so that parents, stepparents and/or loved ones will actively participate. The Emily Program offers support programs for siblings and counseling for co-parenting adults and couples, too.

Our team also reaches out to your community’s professionals who interact with your child, such as school staff and your physician, therapists, and dietitians, to ensure appropriate after-care. Recovery happens when we work together.

Personalized treatment plans

Our personalized treatment approach is based in Family-Based Treatment (FBT) or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). We design a treatment plan to address your needs, using best practices in the field of eating disorders treatment. Your outpatient treatment plan may include:

  • Individual therapy for one-on-one sessions with a therapist who specializes in eating disorders and associated health complications
  • Group therapy with other adolescents and young adults experiencing similar issues, thoughts, and feelings
  • Family therapy, if appropriate, to involve parents, siblings, and other family members in the healing process
  • Nutrition education
  • Medical and psychiatric services, as needed

Individual sessions

In individual outpatient sessions at The Emily Program, you will meet one-on-one with a therapist, dietitian, psychiatrist, and/or physician. The type and frequency of individual sessions vary by treatment plan and are designed to help you move forward in recovery. These healing connections strengthen your recovery and help you learn and practice the skills you need for health.

Group therapy

At The Emily Program, we believe that group therapy can be an incredibly important part of your recovery from an eating disorder. Groups provide a safe, judgment-free environment to process thoughts, emotions, and behaviors with other people in similar situations.  Group sessions vary by location. Your intake therapist and/or individual therapist will recommend a group that might be the best fit for you.

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Day Treatment for Adults

Day Treatment for Adults


Partial Hospitalization Program/Intensive Day Program (PHP/IDP)

This intensive, all-day program is for those stepping out of residential care or those in need of more support than the intensive outpatient program (IOP). Clients typically spend 5 days/week, 6 hours/day in PHP/IDP either in our facilities or in a virtual telehealth environment.

Programming includes structured therapeutic meals, behavior exposure groups, and experiential challenges. During your treatment, you’ll meet with your therapist, dietitian, and other medical professionals. Psychiatric assessment, medication management, and medical monitoring may also be part of your intensive day/partial hospitalization program.

We also offer lodging accommodations to make PHP/IDP possible for clients coming from a distance. The lodging option is available to adults 18+ in St. Paul, St. Louis Park, Seattle, Spokane, or Cleveland.


Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) focuses on recovery and relapse prevention for those in need of more structure and support than non-intensive outpatient treatment. Clients typically spend 4 days/week, 3 hours/day in programming either in our facilities or in a virtual telehealth environment. Group-based intervention and therapeutic meals provide enhanced therapeutic support and symptom interruption.

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Day Treatment for Children, Teens and Young Adults

Day Treatment for Children, Teens and Young Adults


Partial Hospitalization Program/Intensive Day Program (PHP/IDP) 

This intensive program is for those stepping out of residential care or those in need of more support than the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for children, adolescents and young adults.

Your child will spend 5 days/week, 6 hours/day, plus school, studying, or tutoring hours, in treatment either in our facilities or in a virtual telehealth environment. Programming includes structured therapeutic meals, behavior exposure groups, and experiential challenges.

During treatment, your child will meet with a therapist, dietitian, and other medical professionals. Psychiatric assessment, medication management, and medical monitoring may also be part of your intensive day/partial hospitalization program. In addition to one-on-one therapy, many of our programs for adolescents are based on the Maudsley Approach, which recognizes the importance of family involvement in the treatment of eating disorders.

PHP/IDP is one of the best options for young clients needing the most symptom-reduction attention and staff support while still living at home.


Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our Intensive Outpatient Program for children, adolescents and young adults focuses on recovery and relapse prevention for adolescents and families in need of more structure and support than non-intensive outpatient treatment. Your child will spend 4 days/week, 3 hours per day in programming, either in our facilities or in a virtual telehealth environment, with weekly family participation. Group-based intervention and therapeutic meals provide enhanced therapeutic support and symptom interruption.

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