Admission & Family Involvement
The adolescent residential program at Center for Change helps to treat eating disorders in teenagers and child eating disorders. We help young women reclaim their lives from the grip of an eating disorder and associated concerns in a nurturing environment that fosters a sense of self, identity development and readiness for the transition from residential treatment to outpatient care. Center for Change recognizes that residential treatment requires a large commitment from the family and young woman, so every effort is made to help adolescents stay engaged in their lives while also respecting the need for concentrated focus in treatment.
Family can expect regular contact with their loved one during treatment through ongoing phone calls, family therapy, therapeutic passes, participation in family week, and active participation in all aspects of treatment from admission to discharge. Patients work closely with their treatment team and family to develop an individualized treatment plan that integrates the multiple facets of one’s identity. This focus includes commitment to supporting academics, adolescent development and family reintegration. At the Center for Change, we encourage families to learn and practice Family Oriented Therapy which includes concepts from Family Based Therapy (FBT) and Intuitive Eating that will assist families in continuing to help their daughter to nourish and feed herself once treatment is complete.
Effective & Consistent Use of Coping Skills
Many young women entering residential eating disorder treatment often do not know how to effectively address other difficulties in their lives, like depression and anxiety. Often they have learned how to cope with these challenges by engaging in eating disorder behaviors, or other harmful behaviors like self-harm and/or drug or alcohol abuse. These ways of coping can often keep a young woman stuck in destructive patterns while eroding her self-esteem, confidence and belief that change is possible. 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), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Family Based Therapy (FBT). As patients develop these skills, they also develop a belief in themselves and their ability to create and sustain lasting change. Adolescents also get training in basic life skills that will be useful in their development.
Awareness of Self & Motivation for Change
As patients 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 adolescent 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 young women in reconnecting their lost identity and learning to honor and respect needs, desires, and wishes. The adolescent residential program focuses on helping teenagers with eating disorders increase their responsibility for self and for the tasks of recovery, recognizing that this requires active, daily commitment. Patients 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 patients 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.
On the adolescent residential program, young women have the opportunity to attend school from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The curriculum rotates every two weeks, allowing the adolescents to earn .25 credits in a specific subject every two weeks. At the Center for Change, we value learning and put forth every effort possible to assist young women in earning high school credit and staying on track with graduation while getting help for eating disorders.
Discharge Planning & Relapse Prevention
Center for Change recognizes that there is often fear and worry when a daughter 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 patients and loved ones for a smooth transition to outpatient care. Center for Change remains committed to supporting patients 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 patients leave Center for Change confident in their ability to continue the recovery process and committed to engaging and actively utilizing resources.