Eating Disorders and Adolescent Medicine - Patient Care and Treatment

Eating Disorders and Adolescent Medicine - Patient Care and Treatment

Penn State Eating Disorders and Adolescent Medicine provides outpatient and partial hospitalization care for eating disorders in children, teens and adults.

Learn more or make an appointment

By calling any of our telephone numbers below.

Binge Eating Disorder Clinic for Teens

Has your teen gained significant weight? Do they eat large amounts of food, often hiding their eating from you or other family members?

This may be a sign of Binge Eating Disorder - a serious condition that can contribute to major health issues and lower self-esteem, which can in turn lead to more binge eating.

Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder and is treatable with the right program of behavior modification and emotional support. Penn State Health offers the only program in central Pennsylvania to treat binge eating disorder at an early age, offering better lifetime outcomes.

How we evaluate and treat

At the Penn State Health Binge Eating Disorder Clinic, your child will be given a nutrition assessment, followed by a 15-week program that teaches them how to resume a healthy relationship with food.

  • Open to teens 12 to 18 years of age who have been diagnosed with binge eating disorder
  • Patients will be screened by a psychologist to determine a binge eating disorder diagnosis
  • Initial medical evaluation and/or psychiatric evaluation will be given if indicated
  • Multidisciplinary approach includes medical, psychiatric, psychological counseling and nutritional counseling services
  • Sixteen individual sessions of psychological counseling sessions with eight concurrent individual nutritional counseling sessions
  • Outcomes based on assessment parameters, including questionnaires, anthropometric measurements and laboratory tests assessed at each session

Location

Penn State Health Medical Group ­- Briarcrest Adolescent Medicine
905 W. Governor Road
Suite 200
Hershey, PA 17033

Times

  • One-hour appointments available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays
  • To learn more or to make an appointment, call 717-531-2099.

Binge Eating Disorder Camp for Teens

The Penn State Health Binge Eating Disorder Camp is a 10-week group program of fun, fitness and food to help teens develop healthy eating behaviors.

Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder and is treatable with the right program of behavior modification and emotional support. Penn State Health offers the only program in the region to treat binge eating disorder at an early age, offering better lifetime outcomes.

How we evaluate and treat

Each teen is given an initial assessment for binge eating disorder, then each subsequent week focuses on a different component of triggers and healthy habits related to eating and managing binge eating disorder behaviors.

  • Open to teens 12 to 18 years of age who have been diagnosed with binge eating disorder and selected by our team to participate in the binge eating disorder Camp.
  • Services include 10 evening sessions with the psychologist and dietitian-nutritionist.
  • Participants will receive a counseling session with a therapist for the first 30 minutes, while a dietitian-nutritionist meets with the family to prepare food and discuss nutrition.
  • Group will come together for a nutrition education and counseling session that will include food preparation and cooking.
  • Group will eat together to end the evening.
  • Participants will keep food and activity records each week for nutrition assessment.
  • Participants will have nutrition assignments with “homework packets” on various topics each week.
  • Outcomes based on assessment parameters, including questionnaires, anthropometric measurements and laboratory tests assessed at each session.

Location

Briarcrest group room and kitchen

Time

Tuesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

To learn more or to make an appointment, call 717-531-2099.

Intensive Outpatient Program and Partial Hospitalization Program for adults and teens 17 and older

We design unique treatment plans for adults age 17 and older. We offer both outpatient and partial hospitalization programs. We treat the person not just the eating disorder.

Our Intensive Outpatient Program offers group sessions for patients age 17 and older. Sessions are three days a week, for three hours each and include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy and exposures
  • Coping and adaptive skills
  • Expressive therapies
  • Neal-time group
  • Multi-family meals and group
  • Psychoeducational groups
  • Psychodynamic-oriented group therapy

We also provide nutritional counseling and regular psychiatric and medical evaluations to see that each patient is making progress.

Our Adult Partial Hospitalization Program meets five days a week for seven hours per day. This provides more a more intense group therapy than our Outpatient Program. It includes:

  • Psychoeducational groups
  • Psychodynamic-oriented group therapy
  • Music, art and pet therapy
  • Two meals a day and a snack

Learn more or make an appointment for our Intensive Outpatient Program or our Partial Hospitalization Program for adults and teens 17 and older by calling 717-531-2099.

Partial Hospitalization Program for children and adolescent patients (ages 8 to 17)

Our partial hospitalization program meets five days a week, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the school year and 7 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. during the summer. It includes a two-hour school component run by the Capital Area Intermediate Unit.

We involve the family in treating a child’s eating disorder. We believe children heal best when we work together with parents and caregivers, teaching them how to be directly involved in the child’s recovery and care.

Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is at the core of our young patient programs. This proven method of treating eating disorders encourages patients to face their fears. The aim is for patients to feel less anxiety over time through ongoing exposure. This is practiced in a safe, supportive environment, under the care of compassionate health professionals.

Families who live at least one hour away are eligible to stay at the Ronald McDonald House, a block from the clinic.

Learn more about our Partial Hospitalization Program for children ages 8 to 17 by calling 717-531-2099.

Binge Eating Disorder Clinic for Teens

Has your teen gained significant weight? Do they eat large amounts of food, often hiding their eating from you or other family members?

This may be a sign of Binge Eating Disorder - a serious condition that can contribute to major health issues and lower self-esteem, which can in turn lead to more binge eating.

Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder and is treatable with the right program of behavior modification and emotional support. Penn State Health offers the only program in central Pennsylvania to treat binge eating disorder at an early age, offering better lifetime outcomes.

How we evaluate and treat

At the Penn State Health Binge Eating Disorder Clinic, your child will be given a nutrition assessment, followed by a 15-week program that teaches them how to resume a healthy relationship with food.

  • Open to teens 12 to 18 years of age who have been diagnosed with binge eating disorder
  • Patients will be screened by a psychologist to determine a binge eating disorder diagnosis
  • Initial medical evaluation and/or psychiatric evaluation will be given if indicated
  • Multidisciplinary approach includes medical, psychiatric, psychological counseling and nutritional counseling services
  • Sixteen individual sessions of psychological counseling sessions with eight concurrent individual nutritional counseling sessions
  • Outcomes based on assessment parameters, including questionnaires, anthropometric measurements and laboratory tests assessed at each session

Location

Penn State Health Medical Group ­- Briarcrest Adolescent Medicine
905 W. Governor Road
Suite 200
Hershey, PA 17033

Times

  • One-hour appointments available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays
  • To learn more or to make an appointment, call 717-531-2099.

Binge Eating Disorder Camp for Teens

The Penn State Health Binge Eating Disorder Camp is a 10-week group program of fun, fitness and food to help teens develop healthy eating behaviors.

Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder and is treatable with the right program of behavior modification and emotional support. Penn State Health offers the only program in the region to treat binge eating disorder at an early age, offering better lifetime outcomes.

How we evaluate and treat

Each teen is given an initial assessment for binge eating disorder, then each subsequent week focuses on a different component of triggers and healthy habits related to eating and managing binge eating disorder behaviors.

  • Open to teens 12 to 18 years of age who have been diagnosed with binge eating disorder and selected by our team to participate in the binge eating disorder Camp.
  • Services include 10 evening sessions with the psychologist and dietitian-nutritionist.
  • Participants will receive a counseling session with a therapist for the first 30 minutes, while a dietitian-nutritionist meets with the family to prepare food and discuss nutrition.
  • Group will come together for a nutrition education and counseling session that will include food preparation and cooking.
  • Group will eat together to end the evening.
  • Participants will keep food and activity records each week for nutrition assessment.
  • Participants will have nutrition assignments with “homework packets” on various topics each week.
  • Outcomes based on assessment parameters, including questionnaires, anthropometric measurements and laboratory tests assessed at each session.

Location

Briarcrest group room and kitchen

Time

Tuesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

To learn more or to make an appointment, call 717-531-2099.

Inpatient hospitalization

Penn State Children’s Hospital does not offer inpatient eating disorder treatment. If the patient needs that level of care, we’ll talk about it with you at the appointment and make the appropriate referrals.