Questions to Ask

Eating disorders are incredibly complex disorders that require specialized expertise by a multidisciplinary treatment team. It is also typically a difficult time for you if you’re considering eating disorder treatment for a loved one.  When considering a program that specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, you will want to ask the following questions of a residential provider:

  • What is your program’s experience treating eating disorders, and how long has this been an area of specialty for your program?
  • Is your program accredited and licensed, and by whom?
  • What is the age group your program treats?
  • Is there a nurse present 24-hours a day on site?
  • What kind of evaluation process will be used in recommending a treatment plan?
  • How many years of experience does your program’s Psychiatrist and Medical Director have? What are their training and credentials?
  • How many years of experience does your program’s Clinical Director have? What are his or her training and credentials? Does that Clinical Director meet with clients at least weekly?
  • How many years of experience does your program’s Director of Nutrition have? What are his or her training and credentials?
  • Does the Registered Dietitian provide meal planning, dine with the client, meet individually with the client and provide family coaching
  • How many individuals does each Primary Therapist oversee?
  • How does your program measure effectiveness?
  • Do you offer high-frequency individual therapy?
  • What evidence-based treatment modalities does your program offer?
  • Does your program offer family therapy, coaching and psycho-educational groups in its family programming? How often is family programming offered?
  • How do you collaborate and communicate with the family, outpatient professionals and schools while a client is in treatment with you
  • What are the setting and milieu like?
  • Do you provide step-down options for when my loved one is ready for a lower level of care?


Questions for children and adolescent-focused treatment programs:

  • Does your program have a board certified Adolescent Psychiatrist?
  • What does the educational component look like for my child at your program?
  • Are there state-certified teachers overseeing the educational programming?




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Providing critical resources and support to those navigating a loved one's path to full recovery from an eating disorder