Who we treat
We assess and treat children and youth for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other severe eating disorders. Our programs include outpatient and inpatient treatment for children and youth up to age 18, as well as live-in treatment at the Looking Glass Residence (ages 16-24). Our programs serve patients from BC and the Yukon who require services above and beyond what their community services can provide.
During assessment and treatment, we consult and work with you and your child, your family, your care providers and community partners. You work with a large team that includes nurses, psychiatric nurses, social workers, family therapists, pharmacists, psychologists, occupational therapists, dietitians, teachers, adolescent medicine specialists, child and adolescent psychiatrists, researchers and other disciplines as needed.
- Outpatient treatment means you and your child (up to 18 years old) will have appointments during business hours at BC Children's Hospital.
- Inpatient treatment means your child or youth (up to the age of 18) is admitted to stay at the hospital if a more intensive level of care is needed.
- Looking Glass Residence is a voluntary treatment program for youth and young adults (age 16-24). It is for those who wish to take part in an intensive live-in program that focuses on exploring and maintaining recovery.
If admitted to hospital, the length of stay will depend upon treatment goals and the response to treatment. It may range from several weeks to several months.
If you are concerned that your child or youth is struggling with an eating disorder, please talk with your primary care provider about options for treatment and referral. You will need a referral from your community eating disorder program, or a child and youth mental health team, to take part in the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorder Program.