Duke Center for Eating Disorders offers immersive family treatment to teach families how to best support and help family members with eating disorders.
Immersive family treatment for individuals with eating disorders provides an alternative to specialized, inpatient eating disorder programs and offers a feasible option for families not located near an outpatient eating disorders program.
In this model, the entire family, including siblings, receives intensive treatment services including daily meal coaching for a minimum of five days.
Upon entering our program, families will participate in an initial assessment, which includes a psychological interview and questionnaires, nutrition assessment, and medical exam.
Families are then presented with concrete treatment goals and provided with a structured meal plan.
Our treatment model emphasizes empirically validated interventions and includes the following components:
This intensive treatment format allows families to 'jumpstart' the treatment process when there is some urgency in providing families with needed skills to manage this disorder.
In addition, by including all family members, these skills should more easily generalize to the home environment. Following this intensive treatment at Duke, families will transition back to an out-patient team at home, return for a weekend refresher one month later, and receive continued support as needed.
We offer this treatment model for families with a child with an eating disorder, for adults with eating disorders, and for children who have a fear of trying new foods.
To schedule an appointment at the Duke Center for Eating Disorders or to get a referral, call 919-668-0398 locally or 888-ASK-DUKE (888-275-3853) toll-free, or email DCED_Specialty@dm.duke.edu.
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