What Services are Offered?
Multidisciplinary Assessments are the first step. They involve a meeting with a psychiatrist and dietician following which, feedback on the diagnosis will be provided. Treatment plans will be tailored to meet the needs of the individual.
Individual Psychotherapy is offered by trained psychotherapists from both Mental Health and Counselling Services.
Nutritional Counselling is offered by the EDP's dietician.
Medical Follow-up is provided by the program and as needed the family physicians at McGill Health Services.
Psychoeducational Groups are offered for 8 weeks each semester. They are recommended to anyone struggling with eating disorder issues. "Mini" psychoeducational groups may be offered at other times over a few sessions to students unable to attend larger groups.
Meal Support is available on a weekly basis to students being treated by the EDP. It allows for the opportunity to experience normalized eating within a safe and supportive group environment. Meals are overseen by one or two team professionals, usually one of them being the dietician.
Open support groups are available for students participating in the eating disorder program to get together at weekly meetings.
Nutrition Groups are offered on a weekly basis and provide nutritional education. The dietician also works with patients to develop weekly goals as well as manageable and nutritionally complete meal plans.
CBT Group is a 10 week cognitive behaviour therapy group offered each semester. It is available only to students participating in the eating disorder program.
Family and Friends Meetings/Psychoeducation sessions are held for family members as well as friends, roommates or partners of people suffering from an eating disorder. These meetings are held periodically throughout the year.Trained professionals in the field are present to lead discussion.
Please note: In order to participate in a group, an assessment is needed. Please contact the clinic at 514-398-1050 for further information.
Who can access EDP services?
The service is available to all students who have paid their student services fee. It can be accessed via:
- Self referral
- Referral by residence administrators and supervisors
- All other professionals in the McGill Health, Mental Health and Counselling Services.
- Family members may also request services as well as previous care providers
- Information sessions are available for friends, family and interested members of the McGill community.
Understanding of Eating Disorders
We acknowledge that eating disorders are complex and caused and maintained by multiple factors. They occur in a social and cultural environment that fosters unhealthy and often unrealistic ideas about weight and shape. They are unhealthy coping mechanisms used in an attempt to deal with life stresses and traumas and can be associated with underlying psychological issues. Therefore, we try to help our clients discover healthier alternatives and to address these underlying issues.
Promotion of Autonomy
We respect each client’s individuality and encourage each one to particpate actively in his/her own growth and recovery. Treatment is collaborative rather than imposed, interactive rather than passive. Self-responsibility is encouraged and supported at all stages of treatment.
The Path Towards Recovery
We believe that recovery is worthwhile and possible goal for every individual, no matter how long he or she has struggled with an eating disorder. Recovery is a stepwise process that may involve relapse. It is an opportunity leading to new insights and healthy choices. We strongly believe in the importance of self-awareness and discovery.
We believe that treatment is best delivered by a group of competent healthcare professionals with varied training and experience—psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, dietician, nurses and family physicians. Together they contribute a holistic understanding of each individual and provide a treatment tailored to each client’s unique needs for psychological, medical, nutritional and spiritual guidance.
Safe and Supportive Environment
We believe in the importance of educating our clients but also McGill students and staff at large. It is our aim to reduce the stigma attached to eating disorders and to facilitate understanding and access to treatment of these disorders within the McGill community.