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UCLA Eating Disorders Program

Adolescent Treatment Program

Adolescent Treatment Program

The continuum of the UCLA Eating Disorders Program ranges from comprehensive, full-time, hospital-based treatment (first inpatient care, then partial hospitalization), to outpatient groups and outpatient pharmacologic management. We can also provide referrals for outpatient individual psychotherapy.   

Adolescent Treatment ProgramAll aspects of the UCLA Eating Disorders Program are directed and supervised by Dr. Michael Strober.   Given that the decision to undertake treatment is a difficult one, Dr. Strober extends to any interested individual or family the opportunity for an extended consultation to address such questions and concerns.  Dr. Strober can be reached at (310)825-5730 or via email at mstrober@mednet.ucla.edu.

Inpatient Treatment 

The first phase of UCLA's comprehensive Eating Disorders Program is inpatient treatment.  Children and teenagers admitted to the inpatient eating disorders program typically are struggling with a variety of dysfunctional eating behaviors and weight-altering behaviors, as well as a range of related psychological symptoms.  

The inpatient phase of the program is organized to create a highly structured, intense therapeutic milieu and a high level of supervision.  Treatment components include the eating program, individual and group psychotherapy, family therapy, activity groups, and medication therapy if needed.  Each patient receives multidisciplinary assessments and interventions, and each patient's treatment is overseen by a care coordinator who also provides the patient's individual psychotherapy.  When needed, medical consultation is arranged through the appropriate department in the UCLA Medical Center.  Assistance with discharge planning is also provided for each patient by the treatment team. 

With parents' permission, patients are enrolled in a hospital-based school, which is provided by the Los Angeles Unified School District.  Academic assessment and remedial services are available.

Partial Hospitalization

The second phase of our comprehensive Eating Disorders Program is partial hospitalization.  Decisions to "step down" inpatients in the eating disorders program to less intense intervention are made by the interdisciplinary treatment team. The partial hospitalization program provides services Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Patients in the program are initially expected to attend the program on a daily basis, and then may decrease their attendance as determined by the treatment team.  The partial hospitalization therapeutic milieu is designed to help patients continue the work started during the inpatient stay, with an increased emphasis on strengthening relapse prevention skills and strategies.  Patients gradually take on increased responsibility for self-care, and are supported as they transition back to their home and school environments. 

Outpatient Eating Disorder Services

We would be glad to provide referrals for outpatient individual psychotherapy or medication management for patients with eating disorders; please contact our coordinator of admissions, Leah Parrent, OTR/L., at (310) 948-8170 to request referrals. Dr. Michael Strober is also available to provide an outpatient evaluation and treatment recommendations. Dr. Strober can be reached at (310) 825-5730 or via email at mstrober@mednet.ucla.edu.  


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