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The 5-Day Treatment for Eating Disorders is for individuals ages 16+ who have traits of anorexia nervosa. The program includes family/support in all 40 hours of the treatment week. Family/support may include parents, spouse, extended family members, significant other, or a person who is able to offer ongoing support.

This treatment was created in collaboration with the University of California San Diego’s (UCSD) eating disorder treatment and research programs. Our two sites work together to refine our treatment tools in response to new neurobiological research findings. The program uses a TBT-S approach.

upcoming dates for 2019:

  • August 11-16

  • September 15-20

  • October 20-25

  • December 8-13

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Program Description

When an individual has an eating disorder, all members of the family and the relationships between them are profoundly affected. Some of the latest research in the eating disorders field points to potentially unprecedented levels of success when families become centrally involved in the treatment process. The 5-Day Treatment is one of the only programs available that focuses on involving supports in the treatment and recovery of individuals with an eating disorder every hour of the one week treatment.

Eating disorders have a powerful biology that is difficult to overcome without the support and assistance from loved ones. Our model empowers supports to be involved in treatment to ensure successful recovery. Research suggests that enlisting support from loved ones can lead to better outcomes in recovery. If you or your loved one have failed to benefit from individually-focused treatments, or other intensive or partial hospital programs, the 5-Day Treatment model may improve your success.

The purpose of this unique treatment is to provide carers with the understanding and the tools necessary to successfully interact with and care for their loved one at home using a family-based model.  It allows supports to practice beside their loved ones and learn together in the one week of treatment. In addition, we teach adults how to understand the symptoms that they are having and develop more effective coping strategies.

We believe individuals will benefit from the 5-Day Treatment in powerful ways that can only come about from family/support involvement. Additionally, the entire family/support persons will benefit from the improved understanding, communication, and capacity for growth that comes from attending the program.

Program Structure

Clients attend the program with their families/supports. The program teaches clients and families/supports effective tools and strategies for managing eating disorder symptoms in a collaborative manner. The program consists of 40 hours of treatment from 9 am-5 pm, Monday through Friday, (with pre-testing on Sunday prior and post-testing Friday evening). 

The five days incorporate a number of treatment components including psychiatric evaluation, systemic carer therapy, treatment contracting, psychoeducation, carer coaching, dialectical behavioral therapy tools, and neurobiological treatment tools.


Clients and/or support(s) coming from out of town should fly into Columbus International Airport (CMH). The program will begin on a Sunday and end Friday evening.  Individuals from out of town typically choose to stay in a local hotel for the week. The Center has established special rates at hotels that are less than 5 minutes away. Information on those hotels available here.

Medical Assessment

We may require a letter from a physician documenting medical stability for an intensive outpatient level of care. In most cases, we will not provide medical care or evaluation through our clinic, however, we can assist in making referrals to a physician, urgent care and/or psychiatrist for additional treatment if needed.