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Providence Adolescent Eating Disorders Program

Providence Adolescent Eating Disorders Treatment Program is designed to include parental involvement and to shorten the partial hospital treatment day. Adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18 work with one another, their family members and program staff to develop and practice coping skills while changing their eating behaviors.

Program and parental structure provides the starting point for recovery, but as patients successfully progress toward established treatment goals, they begin to practice symptom management more independently. As they progress, they attend fewer treatment days and resume regular school attendance.

Increased parental involvement in treatment is encouraged as a means to improve treatment outcomes; however, it is not dictated when it would pose hardship. The team works to meet patients and family members where they are and to help move them to the next stage in their recovery process. Each patient and family is given the knowledge and coping tools to create a foundation for sustainable recovery.

Services include:

(Participation in the Free Informational Meeting and/or the Diagnostic Evaluation are offered as "stand-alone" services. All other listed services are offered to participants of the Adolescent Treatment Program.)

  • Diagnostic evaluations - Evaluations address the severity of eating disorder symptoms and the impact they have on the individual’s ability to function. The evaluation interview addresses the history of the disorder, consideration of co-existing medical and psychiatric conditions, and motivational factors. It concludes with treatment recommendations and referrals.

  • Informational meetings - A free informational meeting about eating disorders is held each Wednesday afternoon from 4:30 to 5:15. Any interested individual or family member may attend. Clinicians answer questions about treatment and recovery, and they discuss levels of care in this and other community settings.

  • Ongoing physical assessment - Physicians meet with patients regularly to review symptoms and corresponding vital signs, such as weight, blood pressure, pulse and temperature. Program doctors order and interpret lab tests and coordinate care with the patients’ primary care providers about the patients’ health status and recovery processes.

  • Ongoing psychiatric assessment and medication management - Psychiatrists meet with patients to review their primary and secondary diagnoses and treatment progress. The psychiatrists also work actively with patients and program therapists to support patients in changing their problematic behaviors. Medication effectiveness is reviewed regularly, and recommendations may be made for new medications, changes in medication dosages or stopping medications.

  • Eating disorders partial hospital - An intensive, structured full-day program offered five days a week. Patients participate in ongoing physical assessments; meal therapy groups; group and individual therapy; family therapy; nutritional evaluation and counseling; relapse prevention planning; and discharge planning.

  • Group therapy

  • Individual therapy

  • Nutritional evaluation and counseling - Dietitians interview patients, review laboratory data and complete an assessment to determine nutrition risk and establish healthy weight and nutrition goals. Throughout patients’ treatments, the dietitians offer continual feedback and teach the patients about healthy nutrition practices. They support patients’ growth toward healthy eating and weight stabilization.

  • Therapeutic meal groups - Facilitated by therapists, these groups are opportunities for patients to practice healthy eating and symptom management in the structured, supportive and supervised setting of the treatment environment.

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