Clients work on a one-on-one basis with a dietitian or therapist to establish a treatment plan, formulate nutritional goals and develop customized meal plans. Our treatment approach focuses on normalizing eating, identifying and eliminating disordered eating patterns, and creating a wholesome and balanced relationship to food.
The IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program) is designed for clients who require intensive support and supervision in a community setting. The IOP is a much- needed treatment option for clients who are struggling with disordered eating, recovering from an eating disorder, waiting to be admitted to a treatment program or exiting treatment and transitioning to life at home. Clients participate in three, three hour, sessions per week of group-based programming and meal support with a focus on meal planning and preparation, goal setting and nutritional education.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Intensive Outpatient Program has been adapted to run in a virtual format. Based off the vision our of original IOP, the virtual IOP is designed as a group based treatment for eating disorders with the use of video sessions for meals, meal support, and supportive groups. Founded on the principle of eating as the central component to eating disorder recovery, the program focuses on normalizing eating and food by providing multiple opportunities for eating under the supervision of compassionate, caring, skilled practitioners.
Wholesome, therapeutic meals and snacks are prepared for clients in accordance with a recovery meal plan. The selection of meals provided to each client is determined following an individual assessment of psychological readiness for exposure to fear foods. Support for meal completion is provided in person, electronically, and by phone. Support with meal planning, grocery shopping, and in-house cooking are further provided to assist in the transition to self-directed eating
During intense eating disorders treatment, clients learn skills needed to live a workable life, but these are only experienced in the therapy setting. At Connected Eating, we offer a unique service where dietitians bridge the transition to recovery at home by grocery shopping, cooking and supporting eating in clients’ own environments. This is the exposure needed for people to live a functional life in their own home.
Cooking demonstrations facilitate learning of foundational food skills required to support recovery in an intimate group setting. In addition to the teaching points provided by the demo facilitator, participants will have a chance to learn from each other through shared experience. Through attending cooking demos, participants will learn about how to follow a recipe, food safety, proper meal portioning, batch cooking/meal prep, and how to re-purpose leftovers. Participants will be provided with all cooking equipment and ingredients required to complete the lesson plan that day.
We provide ongoing drop-in workshops to the public presented by experts. Topics may include:
Please contact us for start dates and suggestion of a topics.
We are committed to educating professionals, teachers, parents and teachers on the prevention, risks, signs and symptoms and consequences of eating disorders. Previous training include the following:
Please contact us to schedule a session for your group or organization.