Eating Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

The IOP level of care is for individuals needing a more structured program than outpatient therapy alone but who do not requiring partial hospitalization. Our programs are flexible and allow individuals to continue their everyday activities, such as work or school. Our IOP offers psychotherapy and skill-based groups, meals with support from trained staff and nutritional education.

Our Intensive Outpatient Program Focus

Our IOP is focused on:

  • Community integration
  • Desensitization (dealing with triggering situations)
  • Developing independence
  • Practicing coping skills
  • Decreasing level of care
  • Developing healthy eating patterns
  • Developing healthy exercise patterns
  • Increasing healthy attitudes toward weight, eating and appearance

IOP includes:

  • Two psychotherapy groups
  • Weight and behavioral monitoring
  • One meal per day attended
  • One weekly session with an eating disorder psychologist or therapist
  • One weekly session with a registered dietitian

IOP Schedules

A minimum of 3 scheduled IOP days per week is required. Typically we recommend that clients attend 5 days a week when they first begin the IOP program. Patients have the opportunity to practice food preparation, grocery shopping, and eat supported meals at local restaurants. Click below for the adult and adolescent IOP schedules.

I really appreciate that the staff validates my thoughts and feelings before trying to work on them. They don’t just say ‘that’s irritational, just stop!

– A Former Resident
Marks of Quality Care
  • Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa
  • International Association Of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP)
  • National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
  • National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
  • RenewED, Eating Disorders Support
  • Residential Eating Disorders Consortium
  • Washington University in St. Louis