Intensive treatment programs for adults

Intensive treatment programs for adults

Intensive treatment programs for adults

When eating disorder symptoms become all-consuming and cause severe problems in everyday functioning such as with work, school or relationships, it may become necessary to consider more intensive forms of treatment. BACA can provide these more intensive services and supports for those whom traditional outpatient treatment is insufficient at this stage in their recovery, or for those who are stepping down from inpatient or residential units.

There are two types of intensive treatment available at BACA year-round:

1. Our 12-week Intensive Day Treatment Program

2. Our individualised Intensive Out-Patient (IOP) Program

BACA provides meals and snacks based on individualized meal plans created by our nutritional counselors. The supervised and supported meals allow for exposure and response prevention as well as tolerance of distress and anxiety.

Both intensive programs also offer various daily structured groups and therapeutic activities in addition to bi-weekly psychotherapy, nutritional counseling, medical follow-up, and family therapy. 

Evidence-based groups focused on CBT, DBT, and mindfulness are provided in addition to other more creative approaches such as psychodrama, art therapy, cooking workshops and self-compassion workshops to state a few. Such groups allow participants to break the isolation and meet others who are also struggling with similar behaviours and life challenges, all the while learning new skills and strategies to support them in their recovery.


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12-week Day Treatment Program (DTP)

The Day Treatment Program is a 12-week intensive program that runs Monday to Friday from 8:30am-7:00pm with supervised lunches on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00pm-3:00pm. In addition to 16 supervised meals per week, our program includes daily therapy groups, 2 individual psychotherapy sessions and 1 to 2 individual nutritional consultations per week, regular medical follow-ups, as well as structured therapeutic activities and family meetings as needed.

Our program offers an environment that is safe, warm, supportive and reassuring. Its primary goal is to reduce eating disorder symptoms by focusing on destructive eating behaviours and teaching skills to aide in the regulation of stress and emotions (mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness). Therapeutic objectives aiming for recovery are identified through a collaboration between the treatment team and the client.

By using treatment approaches supported by research, and favoring a gradual re-integration post-treatment, our program also prepares our clients for a return to school, to work, and to their daily lives.

Weekly services

    • 16 supervised meals followed by a post-meal support group
    • 2 individual psychotherapy sessions
    • 1 to 2 individual nutritional consultation sessions
    • 5 sessions of group psychotherapy
    • Weekly meal planning
    • Cooking Workshop
    • Drama Therapy
    • 4 workshops
    • Therapeutic Activities and Field trips
    • Therapeutic structure

Weekly meetings

  • Weekly Planning: meetings where we review the previous week and weekend, as well as plan and organize weekly tasks and activities
  • Community Meeting: weekly meeting where we discuss community life within the program, adherence to the therapeutic structure, and interpersonal challenges encountered and a review of the personal objectives established.
  • Weekend Planning: Friday meetings to set weekend objectives and trouble-shoot anticipated difficulties.

Other services

  • 6 family therapy sessions
  • 4 sessions with psychoeducator
  • Support group for family and loved ones
  • Medical follow-up with our doctor as determined by the treatment team
  • Meals outside the program

Group topics covered through the duration of the program:

    • Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder
    • Art and creative therapy
    • Drama Therapy
    • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
    • Recovery and relapse prevention
    • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
    • Anxiety and depression
    • Recovery / Relapse prevention
    • Mindfulness and relaxation
    • Body image
    • Family and interpersonal relations
    • Sexuality
    • Nutrition
    • Self-compassion and self-care
    • Assertiveness and communication skills
    • Reading and writing workshops
    • Q&A sessions with medical doctor
    • Videotherapy
    • Mindfulness and relaxation
    • 8 keys to recovery workshop (Carolyn Costin model)
    • Shame and Self-Compassion
    • Recovery testimonials

Services at the BACA Clinic are tailored to individual needs. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

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Individualized Intensive Out Patient (IOP) program

An individualized intensive program can also be put together at any time for clients who require more support beyond their weekly individual psychotherapy sessions but may not require all the services available in the Day Treatment Program. The individualized intensive program is tailor-made to each client’s needs, and will often include a set number of supervised meals with post-meal support groups, psychotherapy groups, and a possible increase in the frequency of individual psychotherapy and nutritional consultations. Together with the client, and at times with their family, we can establish a treatment plan that will provide an increase in the time spent within our therapeutic environment. By identifying together, the specific treatment goals and needs to be addressed, we can recommend the appropriate level of care, structure and support needed over a pre-determined length of time that will foster recovery. The number of supervised meals, therapy groups, and individual sessions can also be increased or decreased as client needs change, and a revised treatment plan will be established accordingly.

Recovery isn’t easy, but we can help. Call us and find out if our program is right for you…

Eating Disorders Clinic

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2121 Crescent street, suite 200
Montreal (Quebec)  H3G 2C1

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Phone: (514) 544-2323 | 1-833-544-2323
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