If you are a provider who is interested in making a referral to CARE IOP and have questions or would like to learn more, please contact frontdesk.CAREIOP@accanto.com.
CARE IOP includes:
- Virtual programming 4 days/week, 3 hours/day, along with individual therapy and nutrition counseling
- Comprehensive curriculum that responds to patients’ intersectional identities with topics such as self-compassion, counteracting internalized weight stigma, exposure with response prevention, body appreciation, and health-promoting behaviors
- Skills acquisition groups informed by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Therapeutic supported meals that allow patients to explore their eating patterns and overall relationship with food in order to increase attunement and a sense of peace with eating
- Weekly nutrition education and psychoeducation groups
Learn more in this information sheet:
What is CARE IOP?
CARE IOP is a virtual intensive outpatient program for adults experiencing binge eating disorder or OSFED (Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder) with a pattern of binge eating. CARE stands for Cultivating Awareness and Resilience with Experience/Eating/Emotions. We are now accepting CARE IOP referrals in North Carolina and plan to expand the program to other states.
Why is a stand-alone program for treating binge eating necessary?
While binge eating shares a common etiology with other disordered eating behaviors, special consideration must be given to the specific needs of those living with binge eating disorder or OSFED with a pattern of binge eating. A separate binge eating program can more adequately respond to the unique challenges that people experiencing binge eating face, including those surrounding meal and snack times, food and body judgments, and complex intersectional issues related to weight. A safe, responsive, and weight-inclusive environment that honors patients’ lived experiences can support long-term recovery.
Will CARE IOP address weight loss?
Weight loss will not be a focus of this program. It is very common for patients to seek treatment with concerns about the impact of their weight on their physical and/or mental health. Our providers strive to understand and acknowledge patients’ concerns, while clarifying the program’s focus on decreasing/eliminating disordered eating behaviors and reclaiming a positive relationship with food, body, and self. The CARE IOP curriculum supports patients in investigating their motivation related to changing their weight/shape/size, as well as highlights the relevance of shifting the focus from intentional weight loss to overall health. Related curriculum content includes but is not limited to: consequences of dieting, weight bias, weight stigma, and related socio-cultural norms; Health At Every Size®; whole-health promoting behaviors; and body appreciation.
Is exercise a component of CARE IOP?
While exercise is not an explicit component of the program, patients will have the opportunity to explore their relationship with movement. They will also learn about the benefits of movement and how movement can influence their physical and mental health. If patients have an interest in increasing movement or engaging in exercise, they will be supported in doing so with a focus on safety, balance, and recovery-oriented motivation.
How long do people stay in CARE IOP?
As with other programs at Veritas Collaborative, length of stay depends on various factors, such as patient progress, achievement of goals, and frequency and intensity of symptoms. Participants are encouraged to plan for 8–10 weeks in CARE IOP programming, with knowledge this may be shorter or longer depending on their unique circumstances.
Will CARE IOP be in-person in the future?
CARE IOP will remain 100% virtual, providing patients an ongoing opportunity for supported self-accountability while practicing eating, food preparation, and coping within the comfort and privacy of their own space.