Admission & Family Involvement
The adult residential program at Center for Change offers eating disorder help to women who want to reclaim their lives from the disorder and any associated concerns in a nurturing environment that fosters a sense of self, independence, and readiness for the transition from residential treatment to outpatient care. Center for Change recognizes that making the commitment to residential treatment is no small commitment, and so every effort is made to help residents remain engaged in their lives while also respecting the need for concentrated focus in treatment.
Family and friends can expect regular contact with their loved one during treatment through ongoing phone calls, family therapy, couples therapy, therapeutic passes, participation in family week, and active participation in all aspects of treatment from admission to discharge. Special efforts are made to support mothers getting help with eating disorders by facilitating daily phone contact with children, regular visits, and therapeutic passes that allow mothers to maintain their most important commitments. Residents work closely with their treatment team to develop an individualized treatment plan that integrates the multiple facets of one’s identity. This focus includes commitment to supporting work and family obligations.
For many entering residential eating disorder treatment, there may be a skill deficit in terms of knowing how to effectively address anxiety and depressive symptoms that so often accompany eating disorders. These symptoms can often serve to keep individuals stuck in destructive patterns while at the same time eroding one’s confidence in real change. Treatment at Center for Change includes explicit and structured instruction in the use of coping skills shown to be successful in addressing ineffective patterns. While Center for Change believes in a broad, multidisciplinary approach to eating disorder treatment, primary focus is given to evidence-based treatments (EBT), including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). As residents develop these skills, they also develop a belief in themselves and their ability to create and sustain lasting change.
Awareness of Self & Motivation for Change
As residents begin treatment at Center for Change, every effort is made to help them increase awareness of themselves and motivation for change. These efforts are incorporated through the behavioral phase system that includes focused assignments and tasks geared towards the developmental process of recovery, including Awareness, Ownership, Commitment and Self-Direction. Along with the phase system, clinical programming in the adult residential program is geared towards in-depth therapeutic processing in both individual and group therapy modalities, wherein residents are invited to better understand themselves, their connections to others, and deepen their commitment not only to their own well-being but to a value-driven life.
Responsibility for Self in Recovery
In the course of an eating disorder, one often becomes lost from self and others. Residential treatment at Center for Change assists women in reconnecting their lost identity and learning to honor and respect needs, desires, and wishes. The adult residential program focuses on helping residents increase their responsibility for self and for the tasks of recovery, recognizing that this requires active, daily commitment. Residents are invited to take more responsibility not only for themselves, but for their treatment community through leading and teaching some program components under the guidance of staff, by taking more responsibility for food selection and enlisting the support of dietary staff in this process, by participating in outings wherein they are able to develop new interests, skills, and hobbies, and by regularly participating in cooking class wherein residents plan and execute meal preparation so as to better prepare for these tasks at home. With every step in treatment, residents are encouraged to identify needs and develop the skills to thrive as they transition home.
Discharge Planning & Relapse Prevention
Center for Change recognizes that there is often fear and worry when a loved one prepares to transition from residential care back to home, work, and school settings, and so careful planning goes into the discharge planning process. It is a process that begins with admission in terms of assessing needs, finding resources, and preparing residents and loved ones for a smooth transition to outpatient care. Center for Change remains committed to supporting residents in the transition back to the home environment and continues supportive contact and collaboration with outpatient providers. Prior to discharge, a detailed, structured discharge plan is developed through the Center’s comprehensive discharge planning and relapse prevention programs. Family and friend supports are integrated throughout this process so that residents leave Center for Change confident in their ability to continue the recovery process and committed to engaging and actively utilizing resources.