Eating Disorder Treatment Team
What is the Ohio State Eating Disorder Treatment (EDT) Team, and how does it work?
- The EDT team provides a way for healthcare providers at Ohio State to work collaboratively when sharing in the treatment and care of students with eating disorders (not unlike other eating disorder treatment settings) or problematic eating concerns.
- The Office of Student Life's Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS), Student Health Services, and the Student Wellness Center collaborate to form the EDT Team and is comprised of mental health professionals, registered dietitians and medical professionals.
- The team also assists students by providing treatment recommendations and referrals, particularly if they need a higher-level of treatment than what can be provided on campus.
Why do you use a team approach in the treatment of eating disorders?
Eating disorders are complicated medical and psychological issues that affect a wide range of individuals. Because eating disorders can impact an individual's physical health, emotional health, day-to-day functioning and other aspects of their wellness, it is best practice to provide eating disorder treatment that includes professionals that can address these multiple facets of wellness and health.
Who is part of the Eating Disorder Treatment (EDT) Team?
- Co-chairs: Student Health Medical Director, Dr. Mary Lynn Kiacz and CCS therapist, Dr. Kate Adkins
- Therapists and psychiatrist at Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS)
- Dietitians in the Student Wellness Center and Student Health Services
- Physicians and other medical professionals at Student Health Services
Is the EDT Team a treatment program?
The EDT Team is not a treatment program per se, but is rather a team of professionals who work collaboratively. Members of the team can provide outpatient treatment services, provide consultation with other professionals on campus who provide treatment and refer students to higher levels of treatment when needed.
What types of services are available through the EDT Team?
Ohio State University's Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) provides mental health services for enrolled Ohio State students, as well as students' dependents covered through the Comprehensive Student Health Insurance. CCS services include brief individual therapy, group therapy, consultation, assessment and workshops.
Students can also meet with registered dietitians who are members of the EDT Team. This includes a dietitian at CCS (students are eligible for this service when involved in other CCS therapy services such as individual or group therapy), as well as a dietitian at the Ohio State University Student Wellness Center.
Students can also receive medical care and evaluation through Ohio State University Student Health Services at the Wilce Student Health Center.
What levels of treatment are available to me through the EDT Team?
Level of treatment is a very important consideration. Depending on an individual's needs and the severity or complexity of an eating disorder or related concerns, one may need different elements or levels of treatment. An individual typically will see a therapist, a dietitian and a physician for an assessment/evaluation. Following this assessment, a student may be discussed in EDT team meetings in order to collaborate for care and identify the most appropriate treatment recommendations for that individual.
Regarding therapy services at CCS:
- CCS is a brief treatment center (not unlike many university counseling centers).
- All Ohio State students (regardless of type of health insurance) get up to 10 free individual therapy sessions per academic year (restarts each autumn semester).
- The ONLY exception to the session limit is if a student has the Ohio State University Comprehensive Student Health Insurance. If a student has the Comprehensive Student Health Insurance, a student may be eligible to receive a total of up to 20 individual therapy sessions per academic year (with a $15 co-pay starting at session 11, after the 10 free sessions). This is because CCS is the preferred mental health provider for the Student Health Insurance.
- Thus, a student who might need to see a therapist more regularly or for a longer duration than this allows, may be assisted in finding other treatment resources that will best fit their needs.
How do I know if the Ohio State EDT Team is a good fit for me?
It is recommended that you complete a phone screening at CCS (schedule by calling 614-292-5766) to determine which therapy/treatment services are best for you. It is also recommended that you see a physician at Student Health Services (614-292-4321) to determine your medical needs.
How does this work with my health insurance?
All Ohio State students (regardless of type of health insurance) get up to 10 free individual therapy sessions per academic year (this restarts each fall semester) at CCS. The ONLY exception to that is if a student has the OSU Comprehensive Student Health Insurance (not just the Wilce Supplemental insurance). If a student has the Comprehensive Student Health Insurance, a student may be eligible to receive a total of up to 20 individual therapy sessions per academic year (with a $15 co-pay starting at session 11 after the 10 free sessions). This is because CCS is the preferred mental health provider for the Student Health Insurance.
Services at the Student Wellness Center are free for enrolled students.
What if I need a level of eating disorder treatment that is more intensive, longer-term or more ongoing in nature?
The EDT Team and associated professionals are happy to help in providing referrals for higher levels of treatment. We can assist in locating additional services in Columbus and elsewhere in Ohio. Below are some links to eating disorder treatment programs in Columbus that provide various levels of treatment.
The Center for Balanced Living is a specialized eating disorder organization providing comprehensive treatment, research and education services for adolescents and adults in Central Ohio.
Nationwide Children's Hospital Eating Disorders Program provides treatment services for individuals up to age 21.
Ohio State University Harding Hospital in the Wexner Medical Center
What if I can't afford treatment for an eating disorder?
A treatment grant may be available by applying through Project HEAL.
What if I do not think my eating concerns are serious enough, or I do not think I have a diagnosable eating disorder?
Even eating related problems that do not meet criteria for an eating disorder diagnosis can cause significant problems. It is recommended that anyone seek help who has concerns about their eating patterns, body image, self-esteem or weight.
Do I need to see a therapist, dietitian and a physician?
Because of the physical and emotional components of eating disorders, it is generally recommended that you see a therapist, dietitian and a physician who should work together as a team. Your individual needs will determine how often you are seen by each treatment provider and the level of treatment that best fits your needs. A health professional can help you determine your specific treatment needs.