About

Front of Building - editedWhen you or a family member is suffering with the unrelenting effects of an eating disorder and the underlying issues associated with it, including depression, anxiety, self-contempt, social fears, medical complications, etc., you may be in a dark and painful place in your life. You are looking for a way to break free from the pain and loneliness. You are searching for hope.

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 wish for your loved one treatment that will bring hope and healing and guide her toward a full recovery from the eating disorder. But where to start? What does your loved one need? How will you know if it’s the right setting? How do you find the best treatment available?

At Center for Change, we understand your worries and fears about treatment. We know that you have important questions to ask to determine what are the best treatment options for expert care. We ask you to look at Center for Change closely to see not only our experience and clinical expertise, but also to see our heart, our passion for the work that we do and for the girls and women who come to our program. Bringing new light to the darkness of eating disorders is what we do each and every day. We want to help you and your loved ones have that same experience.

A Clear Look at Center for Change

CLINICAL EXPERTISE

Center for Change has been a specialized eating disorder treatment center since 1994. Our specialty is the treatment of Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder, and we have developed and refined a comprehensive program with decades of experience that addresses every aspect of recovery for an adolescent girl or an adult woman suffering with an eating disorder. In addition to this clinical expertise, we address and resolve the co-existing difficulties and problems that are present along with the eating disorder 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. At Center for Change we provide comprehensive treatment for every contributing factor, 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 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 loving, dedicated, and talented staff is what creates the atmosphere and environment for change and recovery. We are committed to doing everything that we possibly can to help our patients 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, care techs, teachers, experiential therapists, and support staff on a daily basis.

We have a beautiful facility that is comfortable and spacious, 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 medical professional six (6) days/week during the Inpatient program, and weekly for Residential care
  • Meets individually with a Psychiatrist or APRN daily on Inpatient, weekly for RTC
  • 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
  • Works individually and as a group in specialized therapy groups with highly trained professionals every day. 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 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.

SPIRITUALITY

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. When patients first come to the Center they are given structure as they are being re-nourished and work toward an eventual goal of Intuitive Eating for most 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 website to help sufferers, professionals, and families.

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 services (therapy and dietary) for those who suffer with eating disorders and co-occurring illnesses. Every patient 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 is individualized and adapted to the specific needs of each patient. 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.

Center for Change Background


As many as 20 million American girls/women and 10 million American boys/men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life. The severity of these disorders vary, but at some point in their disorder many will develop an addictive pattern in their lives that can only be overcome through intensive third-party intervention. Center for Change, located at the base of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains in Utah, provides a multifaceted, interdisciplinary approach to treating the whole person to help adolescent girls and adult women to regain not only their physical health, but also the hope for recovery and a normal life that many have lost.

Center for Change provides a caring and nurturing environment where women can heal under the constant supervision of a large staff of seasoned medical, psychological and nutritional experts. These individuals have been carefully selected because of their expertise in treating both the outward symptoms and underlying causes of eating disorders. The message of Center for Change that “hope is real” is woven through the entire treatment experience. Those who come to Center for Change often comment that the Center has “given them back their life” and restored feelings of freedom that they haven’t felt for a very long time.

HISTORY

Center for Change was founded on October 28, 1994, by a team of psychologists and a physician who have worked together since June of 1989. Beginning in October 1994, Center for Change began design of the current facility and development of its core treatment programs. The Center itself is licensed with the State of Utah as a “Specialty Psychiatric Hospital.”

Center for Change does improve lives. A Center for Change study showed that patients were able to significantly decrease negative behaviors and improve body image and health-management skills. Specifically, the study showed that Center for Change patients:

  • Dramatically decreased skipping meals and binging and purging cycles following treatment.
  • Greatly improved their attitudes about food and eating.
  • Achieved marked improvements in relationship harmony, self-esteem levels, life satisfaction and direction, and reduction of depression and/or substance abuse.

In April 1998, Center for Change received accreditation from the Joint Commission. This accreditation is limited to top organizations delivering high levels of patient service, reducing patient risk, and creating an environment for continuous improvement. The Joint Commission has recognized Center for Change for its high standards of patient care and commitment to ongoing education.

Mission, Vision & Values

OUR MISSION

Center for Change is devoted to providing a warm, caring atmosphere for those suffering from eating disorders, and treatment which gives hope, healing, and recovery towards a full and meaningful life.

OUR VISION

Through research, experience, and hard work, Center for Change will be a leader in development of high-quality, cost-effective programs, treatments, and educational materials, which increase understanding toward successful treatment of those suffering from eating disorders and related emotional illnesses.

OUR VALUES

Patient:  We place the patient first. We respect their rights and the need for confidentiality. We promote patient involvement, bringing individual perspectives, feelings, and experiences to the design of effective treatment.

Employee:  Employees are critical to the success of the corporation. We encourage diversity, creativity, continuous learning and decisiveness. We expect integrity, commitment, mutual respect, teamwork and results. Family comes first. This will create an environment where employees are empowered to do their jobs, and are accountable and rewarded for their contributions.

Communication:  We communicate both inside and outside the company in an open, clear, consistent, and honest manner. We build relationships with patients and employees that last a lifetime.

Quality:  We develop and implement treatment programs that are of the highest quality. We strive to continually improve our treatments, efficiency and productivity. Our goal is to provide cost-effective care without compromising treatment.

Philosophy

Eating disorders are complex illnesses that may require intensive treatment. Center for Change’s philosophy recognizes each individual’s innate capacity for healing and growth. With proper help and treatment, people suffering from eating disorders can recover. With this in mind, treatment at Center for Change is founded on three basic principles:

  • Eating disorders are learned behaviors and therefore can be unlearned.
  • Everyone has the capacity for recovery.
  • High-quality intervention by trained professionals in a nurturing, home-like atmosphere is the best way of providing positive solutions to the self-destructive behaviors of these individuals.

Our staff are carefully selected, not just for their expertise in treating the symptoms and underlying causes of eating disorders, but also for their compassion and willingness to extend themselves in behalf of our patients. Center for Change offers programs where hope and healing can take place in an atmosphere of caring and hard work. The goal at Center for Change is to provide a setting for healing which addresses the patient’s needs in a cost-effective manner without compromising eating disorder treatment.

Thank You

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 the Center. 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.