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Professional Partner Network

It is important to us at Center For Discovery that our residents have a quality outpatient team to go to after treatment. We look for quality psychiatrists, psychologists, medical doctors, therapists, dieticians and other treatment professionals in all areas to refer our residents upon discharge. There are also many times when our admissions department receives calls from clients or families that are not appropriate for a Discovery program. In these cases, we provide resources for families looking for specialists in their areas. Simply complete the following online form to get started in our Professional Partner Network.

When To Refer

Center For Discovery follows the American Psychiatric Association Guidlines for appropriate levels of care treating eating disorders. Below is information on when to refer to residential treatment and the medical complications associated with eating disorders.

It is often a difficult decision for physicians, psychiatrists, therapists, registered dieticians and other professionals to decide when to refer patients to residential treatment. However, this moment is critical to recovery and one of the most important decisions a professional will make. Please see below for a few suggestions on when to refer to residential treatment based on the American Psychiatric Association Guidelines to Levels of Care (June 2006).

When to Refer to Residential Treatment

  • Failure to improve in an outpatient setting
  • Inability to provide structured treatment or support system in the home environment
  • Inability to stop maladaptive behaviors
  • Resistant to treatment or help
  • The motivation to recover including cooperativeness, insight, and ability to control obsessive thoughts is poor to fair
  • Possible plan for suicide (or suicide ideation) but no intent

When to Refer to Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

  • Typically involves afternoon or evening ED-Specific programming for 3-4 hours per day, five days per week initially, can titrate down in days per week as progress is made. 
  • Typically includes several groups per day; daily meal support; and weekly individual, multifamily, and dietary therapy.  
  • Refer to IOP when someone has not made significant progress after 4 weeks at the outpatient level of care, or when someone would benefit from daily meal support and a group setting.  
  • Not appropriate when someone is medically unstable, psychiatrically unstable, or is <85% of ideal body weight; or if IOP Structure is insufficient to curb compulsive behaviors (e.g., skipping lunch at school). 

When to refer to Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

  • Typically involves six hours of ED-specific programming per day, five to six days per week.  
  • Typically includes multiple groups per day; support for multiple meals and snacks per day; and weekly individual, multifamily, and dietary therapy in addition to consultation with a psychiatrist.  
  • Refer directly to PHP when someone needs support at multiple meals and snacks per day, needs more structure/supervision than IOP provides, or is not able to function normally in activities of daily life (e.g., school or work).
  • Not appropriate when someone is medically unstable, psychiatrically unstable, or is <85% of ideal body weight; or if PHP structure is insufficient to curb compulsive behaviors (e.g., binging and purging at night).  

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Take a tour of our Alexandria, VA Eating Disorder Treatment Centers

Center For Discovery Alexandria, VA specializes in treating eating disorders and the co-occurring conditions that are accompanied with them, with unique treatment programs for every individual to get them on their way to eating disorder recovery.  For more information, resources, or to consult with an eating disorder treatment specialist, call 703.997.5784