Adolescent IFT Program: Application for Parents of Children and Adolescents 12-24 struggling with Anorexia


Project HEAL is currently collaborating with the UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research to offer their Intensive Family Therapy (IFT) program to adolescents  and their families struggling with Anorexia Nervosa. The IFT program was designed to provide an immersion into Family Based Treatment, the gold standard of treatment for adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa. The program is based on the philosophy and supporting research that family member are critical for sustained recovery from Anorexia Nervosa –when family members are organized to support the individual and battle the illness in the most effective way, individuals are more likely to successfully recover. IFT is a week­long, multi­family program, involving 35­-40 hours of treatment (approximately 8 hours per day). The intensive nature of the program allows for immense change to take place in a relatively short period of time because of the opportunities for in­ vivo intervention, continued therapeutic observation, and supported/sustained practice of skills. For more information on the adolescent IFT program, please visit:

Treatment Grant amounts will be based on the recipient’s needs, availability from our treatment center partners, available funds, and potential cost of treatment.  This treatment grant is only available for applicants who have no insurance, or Medicaid / State insurance. UCSD contracts with most major insurance providers, so you are welcome to reach out to them directly if you have insurance coverage.