Providence Adolescent Eating Disorders Program
Providence Adolescent Eating Disorders Program
For more than two decades, Providence Adolescent Eating Disorders Treatment Program has helped patients between the ages of 13 and 18 recover from anorexia, bulimia and atypical eating disorders.
Our treatment process begins with a thorough clinical assessment to address current and past eating practices and the physical and emotional consequences of these practices. This includes the evaluation of symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, and substance use, as well as lifestyle factors, such as social support from family and friends.
Recommendations for level of care are based on the assessment. Our program offers both partial hospital and intensive outpatient levels of care. Both partial hospital and intensive outpatient levels of care consist of:
- Ongoing medical monitoring
- Psychiatric evaluation
- Group, individual, and family therapies
- Nutrition and meal support
Family involvement is essential and provides the starting point for recovery. Our team works to meet patients and family members where they are and support their progress through stages of change. Each patient and family develop the knowledge and coping tools to create a foundation for sustainable recovery. Program staff help adolescents resume regular school attendance when ready and prepare them for discharge to their outpatient team.
All services described below are offered in our clinic at 9135 SW Barnes Rd. Suite 987, Portland, OR 97225.
- Diagnostic evaluations - This is generally the first step in accessing our services. 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
- Care conferences are scheduled with the treatment team, patient and family to discuss the effectiveness of current interventions and next steps in treatment.
- 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’ treatment, the dietitians offer continual feedback and teach 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.
Whether you're away from home for your own medical treatment, or need to be near someone who is ill, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center can provide a comfortable place to stay near the facility. Several types of accommodations for individuals, couples, and families. Reservations are required.
The friendly staff of Providence Guest Services can ease hospitalization concerns for patients and their families. They can help arrange guest housing or make hotel reservations for out-of-town patients and visitors, give directions and transportation advice, and recommend a local restaurant for a good breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack.
Call Providence Guest Services at 1-888-550-1575, between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., seven days a week.
Providence is committed to working with our patients through any financial issue. Learn about our financial assistance program and how to apply for help paying your medical bills.
The Providence Community Resource Desk is a free service provided to anyone in the community (staff, patients, non-patients, any or no insurance… etc); the staff are bilingual (English/Spanish) and access translation services.
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