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A CLEAR LOOK AT CENTER FOR CHANGE
When you or a family member is suffering with the unrelenting effects of an eating disorder and all the rest of the problems that come with that illness-depression, anxiety, self-contempt, social fears, medical complications, etc., you are in a place that you may have never been in before in your life.
For friends and family, you are filled with constant worry about the welfare of your loved one and you want to know what would be the best eating disorder treatment for her. You will desire in your heart to find the best type of treatment for her that will help her have a full recovery from the eating disorder. The difficulty is that there are many different kinds of treatment facilities and programs that basically all say they have what is needed for your loved one's care. How can you really know for sure? You might wish that you could look and compare what every program offers in their approach and treatment, so that you could truly know what would be the best option. You might wish you had a guide to help you sort out what are the real differences between the treatment programs.
At Center for Change, we have empathy for your dilemma and recognize your sincere desire to know clearly what is the best treatment option for expert care. We ask you to look at Center for Change and to let this information about our personal commitment and our clinical programs be helpful to you in your search.
Center for Change has been a specialized eating disorder treatment center since 1994. Our specialty is the treatment of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating, and we have developed and refined a complete program over the years that addresses every aspect of recovery for an adolescent or an adult woman suffering with an eating disorder. In addition to this clinical expertise, we address and resolve the coexisting difficulties and problems that are present at the same time. We treat the major depression, the panic and anxiety disorders, sexual abuse, trauma issues, family problems, substance abuse, educational and academic struggles, relationship and social difficulties, and the psychiatric and medical needs, etc. of each patient in Center for Change. At Center for Change we provide comprehensive treatment for every contributing factor in a woman's illness, so that when she leaves the Center, she can look forward to a happy life without an eating disorder and without the underlying contributors to the illness.
LOVING CARE BY DEDICATED STAFF
Center for Change has a long-term commitment to therapeutic integrity. We put the quality of care for every patient ahead of any other consideration. Center for Change employs a large number of highly trained and qualified staff members because we have learned from experience in working with eating disorders that the type of care that is personal, the emotional support that is personal, and the structure and interventions that are personally given from a large group of loving, dedicated, and talented people is what creates the atmosphere and environment for change and recovery. There is no other treatment facility that provides this level of treatment intensity and personal involvement by this many staff members in the care and treatment of women suffering with eating disorders. We are committed to doing everything that we possibly can to aid these women in facing and overcoming this terrible illness. There is a feeling at Center for Change that is difficult to explain, but it is felt by all who come here for treatment. Clients feel loved, they feel valued, and they feel personally supported by every staff member who works with them at the Center. The clinical intensity we provide, as well as the staff to patient ratios and many other safety features that are the hallmark of our program, are uncommon in today's healthcare environment. Clients in the Center receive the personal care and support they need to help them move through the stages of treatment and recovery. They receive constant support and therapeutic involvement by treatment team members that include physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, dietitians, nurses, chefs, care techs, teachers, experiential therapists, and support staff on a daily basis.
We have a beautiful facility with 56,000 square feet of comfortable and spacious living space, but it is the personal touch of love and therapeutic care by many dedicated people that sets Center for Change apart from other treatment programs.
INTENSIVE AND INDIVIDUALIZED TREATMENT
Center for Change adheres to the highest standards of treatment provided by experts in the clinical field of eating disorders. We maintain the highest level of quality standards through our accreditation with the Joint Commission, and have been accredited since 1998. Every patient is involved in the following therapeutic processes and activities throughout her treatment stay:
- Meets individually with a general physician regularly
- Works individually with a psychiatrist every regularly
- Works individually with a clinical therapist four times every week for therapy during the inpatient program and a minimum of two times a week for residential care
- Works individually with a certified dietitian twice a week
- Works individually with registered nurses every day
- Work individually and as a group in specialized therapy groups with highly trained professionals everyday. These therapy groups include open process and theme-based treatment groups, social and relationship groups, DBT groups, substance abuse groups, body image groups, life-skills groups, family groups, accountability groups, dietary groups, commitment and feedback groups, and educational groups
- Adolescents work individually and in very small classes with certified teachers five days a week
- Works individually and in groups in experiential therapies, classes, and activities including music therapy, dance and movement therapy, art therapy, sand tray, yoga, RIMBA and recreational therapies every day of the week
- Works individually and as a group in 12-step and spirituality classes twice a week to address the non-denominational spiritual aspects of recovery
- Works weekly in family therapy and is involved in an extended family week (offered monthly) at least once during her treatment stay
- Works every day with an individual care tech and with a group of care techs who provide support, encouragement, and structure
- Works on goal setting, community and feedback meetings three times a week
- Is engaged in weekly service activities, as well as weekly leisure, experiential and recreational activities
- Is engaged individually, as appropriate, in therapeutic exercise under the care of a trained dietitian/exercise specialist
- Participates in outdoor recreational and experiential activities in the beautiful mountains and deserts of Utah
- Participates in equine therapies, ropes courses, and adventure outings
Patients are active and busy in the process of change and recovery every day at the Center while surrounded by kind and loving staff members. All of this individualized treatment and group work is designed to help each patient prepare herself while at Center for Change to successfully resume a normal life and maintain her progress and recovery after she has left the Center.
The Center's holistic approach to treating the mind, body and spirit includes helping each client use their own spiritual beliefs to aid them in their recovery. While the Center is a rigorous medical and clinical program, we recognize and honor the truth that spirituality is an important part of recovery and, therefore, an important part of treatment. Our approach is designed for women of various religious faiths or spiritual frameworks. It is non-denominational. Our spirituality component provides a safe environment for spiritual self-awareness, spiritual renewal, and spiritual support. (Click here for more information)
HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL DIETARY APPROACH TO RECOVERY
Center for Change was the first treatment program to fully implement the Intuitive Eating Recovery Model with eating disorder patients. This model teaches and assists each patient, over the course of their treatment, to trust themselves and their bodies with food. Through ongoing challenges, experiences, and education received from their highly trained eating disorder dietitian, the patient learns how to have a normal relationship with food without the fear, obsession, guilt, or anxiety which is associated with an eating disorder. They learn to be accepting and "in touch" with themselves and their bodies so food becomes a normal and positive part of their lives.
INTEGRATION OF EDUCATION AND THERAPY
Center for Change fully integrates therapeutic and educational programs together so that the high school principal, education director, counselors, and teachers are actively connected and involved with the clinical team and programs. Center for Change has a licensed high school called Cascade Mountain High School that is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC). We provide core curriculum classes for adolescent patients from the seventh to twelfth grades, as well as many elective courses which are taught by exceptional and certified teachers. The curriculum is flexible to meet the needs of the individual students. We utilize state of the art technology. We have curriculum education that provides comprehensive "in class" and "out of class" learning experiences. We adapt to meet other states' curriculum requirements in order to meet the needs of our students. Our core curriculum is in harmony with the state requirements of Utah and our education program is designed to prepare students for college education. Our classes are small in size with a low teacher to student ratio. The adolescent clients involved in our high school are bright, articulate, and motivated students and we do everything in our power to enhance their educational experience while at Center for Change, yet at the same time ensuring the positive interconnection between therapeutic and educational goals.
COMMITMENT TO RESEARCH, TRAINING, AND PUBLICATION
Center for Change has been committed from the very beginning to research, professional training, and publication in the specialty area of eating disorders. We have published many articles in professional journals from research conducted at Center for Change, and have published an American Psychological Association best seller, Spiritual Approaches in the Treatment of Women with Eating Disorders. We have completed professional and educational trainings and workshops throughout the United States and Canada to support therapists, physicians, teachers, dietitians, and counselors in the treatment and prevention of eating disorders. Through our research efforts, we are committed to be on the cutting edge of treatment and recovery of women with this serious illness. Center for Change staff present regularly at national and international conferences. We have many articles on various aspects of treatment and recovery for eating disorders on our web site that the staff at Center for Change have written to help women, professionals, and families in this area of concern.
LONG-TERM COMMITMENT TO RECOVERY
Center for Change has a very comprehensive and cost-effective treatment program for adolescent girls and adult women suffering with eating disorders.
We provide the intensive structure and care that patients need at the beginning of their treatment and we can help and follow them through to the end of their treatment needs. We provide inpatient care, residential care, a day program (PHP), an evening program (IOP), and outpatient therapy for those who suffer with eating disorders and the other complicating issues and disorders of the illness. Every woman who comes to Center for Change moves through the program at her pace as she advances through the different stages of treatment and recovery. The program can be individualized and adapted to the specific needs of each patient, even while she engages in the overall treatment program. We are committed to aftercare at Center for Change. We provide an intensive three-day workshop called Life Strategies as a part of aftercare following a patient's discharge from the program. We work to establish excellent aftercare plans for each patient and we have a full-time aftercare specialist that coordinates with families, parents, physicians, therapists, referring professionals, and the patient to ensure ongoing support and treatment for a full recovery. We follow up with every patient for up to five years after her discharge from Center for Change.
Thank you for looking at Center for Change. We hope this information will be helpful to you in your search for expert eating disorder treatment for you or your loved one. Hopefully this information may also generate further questions you would like to ask us about the care and treatment given at Center for Change. We would love to talk to you in more detail about what we can provide for those who are struggling with an eating disorder. Call us today at 888-224-8250.
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