Eating Disorders Partial Hospitalization Treatment

Eating Disorders Partial Hospitalization Treatment

I came in a scared person, terrified, not knowing what to expect and you welcomed me with open arms.
Former Patient

Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Treatment combines the independence of living in the day-to-day world with the structure and support of a daily hospital program. It is the beginning of reconnecting with life beyond Walden and is an important step toward recovery. Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Treatment is designed for patients who are medically and psychiatrically stable. It can be ideal for those who are progressing toward independent living and outpatient care, or those who have found that they need more structure and more intensive treatment than outpatient care provides.

This first step toward autonomy can be stressful and frightening. It is not unusual for patients who try Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Treatment to step back and require inpatient or residential care for a short time. With encouragement and self-determination, patients can return to the Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Treatment program and progress to outpatient treatment and full recovery.

Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Treatment Program Requirements

Female and male, 12-17 years of age
Require 24 hour care, but not at a hospital level of care
Cannot be treated at a less intense setting
Require program structure and support to control eating disorder behavior

Adult Partial Hospitalization Treatment Program Requirements

Female and male, 18 years of age or older
Require 24 hour care, but not at a hospital level of care
Cannot be treated at a less intense setting
Require program structure and support to control eating disorder behavior
Program Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Goals of Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Treatment

  • Weight stabilization and restoration
  • Return to independent living
  • Interruption of eating disordered thoughts and behaviors
  • Normalization of eating
  • Skill acquisition to help patients cope with emotional dysregulation
  • Skills to manage anxiety and impulsivity
  • Psychoeducation re: nutrition and eating disorders
  • Relapse prevention

Duration: Patients typically require three to four weeks of Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Treatment.

What Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Treatment Includes

Walden’s therapeutic approach to Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Treatment incorporates Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Expressive Therapy, and Nutritional Therapy in an integrative manner that allows us to treat not only the eating disorder, but the other co-morbid psychiatric and physical diagnoses commonly associated with eating disorders. Because Walden offers a full continuum of care, we are able to provide an environment that fosters change and promotes more permanent positive results in Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Treatment.

The focus of Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Treatment is for patients to gain awareness of the triggers and functions of their eating disordered-behavior, and to learn new, effective methods and coping strategies. Patients are encouraged to practice these skills during off-treatment hours, thereby gaining understanding of their emotions while learning to deal with these challenges once they leave Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Treatment.

Patients learn and develop new skill sets to manage eating behaviors and the behavioral and emotional dysregulation that often accompany both the illness and its recovery. A treatment goal is to help our patients’ reintegration into an outpatient setting; therefore, relapse prevention is an important component of treatment at Walden Behavioral Care.

Treatment includes group therapy, case management, psychopharmacology, nutritional counseling, as well as individual, and group therapy. Staff supervises two therapeutic meals daily. Case managers conduct individual and family therapy, and also help establish and coordinate care with the outpatient team.

Program Schedule for Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Treatment at Walden:

8:00-8:30 a.m. Check-in: vitals and weight
8:30-9:30 a.m. Therapeutic meal: breakfast
9:30-10:30 a.m. Target Group—Body Image Group
10:30-11:00 a.m. Therapeutic Snack
11:00-12:00 p.m. Nutrition Education Group
12:00-1:00 p.m. Therapeutic meal: lunch
1:00-2:30 p.m. DBT Skills Group

Helping Someone With an Eating Disorder

If you suspect you or someone you know has an eating disorder, contact us at Walden Behavioral Care at 781-647-6727 or online.

Besides our Residential Eating Disorders Program, Walden offers inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient care, providing discrete, highly specialized treatment for patients 12 and older with anorexia,bulimia, binge-eating disorder and other eating disorders.