Eating Disorder Treatment Outline

Eating Disorder TreatmentWithout question the issues of eating disorder is major issues facing our society. We are committed to providing highly effective and cost-efficient assessment and treatment for people who are experiencing difficulties in their lives related to the eating disorder.

Our program is based a broad spectrum of approaches (best practices) designed to treat the whole person. It has been our experience that there is a secondary diagnosis which can possibly be treatment first to help reduce potential trigger that can result in a full blown eating disorder.

Eating Disorder Evaluation

The first step in the treatment process is to gain a through understanding of the person being treated. Therefore, a qualified behavioral health professional completes an assessment of each person entering treatment. This assessment includes a wide range of psychological tests that provide information about the extent and progression of the potential eating disorder.

A typical evaluation may include the following components:

  • A clinical interview
  • A psychological/psychometric evaluation
  • A medical evaluation/work-up by an outside PCP when necessary
  • The provision of objective feedback to the client
  • The provision of information about the potential eating disorder
  • A written report summarizing the information gained through the assessment process and level of care recommended.

Level of Treatment

Based on the information gathered during the assessment procedures, a decision is made about the level of treatment that best suits the needs of each individual client. In order to accommodate these varying needs, a two level outpatient treatment program has been developed.

All of our clients will be treated over the course of a minimum of six months to 1 year and are introduced and encouraged to participate in community support groups that are appropriate. They will also receive individual and/or family therapy. In addition to therapy, clients receive five sessions of education during which information about the eating disorder and the physical, psychological, and interpersonal effects are presented and discussed. Also, during the course of treatment, clients are monitored for through Check Yourself -self reporting. A description of each level of treatment is provided below.

Level I

Education – 5 sessions
Individual/Family therapy – 3 sessions
Monitoring of self assessments – throughout participation
Introduction to community support that is appropriate.

Level II

Education – 5 sessions
Individual/Family therapy – 6 sessions
Monitoring of self assessments – throughout participation
Introduction to community support that is appropriate.

Level III

Education – 5 sessions
Individual/Family therapy – 10 sessions
Group therapy – 10 sessions
Monitoring of self assessments – throughout participation
Relapse prevention training – 5 sessions

In addition to more traditional treatment approaches, the AzBHC has incorporated relapse prevention into the outpatient treatment program. In particular, the goal of relapse prevention training are 1) increase the client’s awareness of stressful situations that might precipitate a return to symptoms of his/or her eating disorder and 2) teach clients how to be prepared mentally and emotionally to combat such events. This higher level of awareness and skill should allow them to better protect themselves against returning to a lifestyle of self destruction.

It should also be noted that assessment is an ongoing process. At times, as new information becomes available about clients in treatment, it becomes necessary to modify the level of treatment they are receiving. By being flexible and allowing for movement from one level of treatment to another, it is possible to tailor the process of recovery to the unique needs of the individual.