Center for Change takes a multi-faceted approach to eating disorder treatment. We know that eating disorders are complex illnesses and each person is not the same. This program is designed to treat each patient as a whole, complex person that has many-sided issues and abilities. We believe in each person’s innate capacity for growth and healing.
What are eating disorder treatment centers like? Days at the Center follow structured programming that is comprised of group and individual therapy, dietary services, recreational therapies, medical evaluation, psychiatric services, and monitored meals.
Each patient will have a therapist and dietitian assigned to them by our clinical directors. This team will coordinate with our medical and psychiatric staff to ensure that each patient’s unique needs are met. In general, the same therapist and dietitian will work with a patient during her transition from inpatient to residential treatment and throughout her entire stay at the Center. This creates stability and continuity of care.
What is inpatient eating disorder treatment like? Residents are actively involved in their treatment. They will be asked to participate in admitting and discharge evaluations while they are here. This allows us to gather extensive feedback on how the client is feeling about treatment and to understand what parts of the program has most benefitted them. Patients will also be involved with their team in creating a master treatment plan to follow.
Community & Family Involvement
We place an emphasis on community. Patients will learn to reach out to staff and other women and girls in the program and to be give and receive feedback and encouragement. Family involvement is also considered to be very important. When possible, families will be involved in the therapeutic process—which can be done in person or can be arranged over-the-phone for patients whose families are not staying nearby. A family manual is also given the family that will have therapeutic assignments and articles that we will ask the family to read; this information and assignments will correspond with the clients care at the Center for Change and will have valuable information. In addition the Center holds a 5 day family week, once a month that we invite immediate family members 10 years of age and older to attend. This family week includes multi-family groups, educational classes and experiential groups that will help everyone understand what the client is experiencing and how they can support the client when she returns home.
This program contains many components. Patients will advance through a program that follows four phases. Each phase includes assignments and goals that the patient and her treatment team will create. Goal-setting is an important part of recovery and with the help of her team and support community, each patient will set and seek to accomplish individualized goals.
Center for Change gives clients the tools they need to challenge and overcome their eating disorder and to deal with the stresses of life in a beneficial, healthy way. We want each patient to recognize in themselves their strength, worth, and capability.