Eating disorder treatment
Eating Recovery Center Treatment Philosophy
“The overarching clinical philosophy at Eating Recovery Center is that we need to do the right thing for each patient we see. Doing the right thing means that we are monitoring for and adopting any new evidence-based tools that enhance assessment and treatment, and that we are actively participating in the development of new interventions that improve recovery rates. It also means that we will treat all of our patients with compassion and respect.”-Craig Johnson, PhD, FAED, CEDS
Chief Clinical Officer
Eating Recovery Center’s treatment philosophy emphasizes assessment. intervention and discharge planning to support sustainable eating disorders recovery.
Assessment —At Eating Recovery Center, treatment begins with the first phone call. Collecting extensive information is crucial to making an informed treatment recommendation and conceptualizing an effective discharge plan that meets each patient’s recovery needs.
A licensed therapist from the Clinical Assessment team conducts thorough interviews with patients, family members, and current treatment providers, and reviews medical records during the pre-admission assessment phase. Once the data has been collected, each case is reviewed by an admission team that includes Eating Recovery Center’s Chief Medical Officer, Chief Clinical Officer and the Clinical Directors of Adult and Child and Adolescent Services. This process ensures that each patient benefits the expertise of Eating Recovery Center’s most senior clinicians in placing them at the right level of care, identifying important treatment goals and assigning them to a treatment team that will meet their needs.
Intervention —The rigorous pre-admission assessment phase supports the development of an individualized, developmentally appropriate treatment plan, which is delivered by a team consisting of a psychiatrist, psychotherapist, family therapist, dietitian, nurse, case manager, aftercare coordinator and internist. The multidisciplinary treatment team’s first priority is to ensure that patients are medically and psychiatrically safe. Consequently, early intervention efforts generally seek to help patients find relief from these symptoms.
During this phase of treatment, the team will deliver nutritional, medical and psychiatric interventions, as well as individual and group therapy grounded in the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Family-Based Therapy grounded (FBT). The treatment team meets on a daily basis to review patient progress, and meets once
a week with the patient to review their overall treatment plan. All clinical staff office on the floors where patients reside to facilitate open communication and frequent interaction.
Discharge Planning —Often times, the hardest work begins when a patient discharges from the structured support of an intensive treatment program. Recognizing aftercare planning and recovery-focused post-treatment as vital to creating sustainable recoveries, Eating Recovery Center pays meticulous attention to the discharge plan from the moment of initial contact, and throughout the course of treatment.
In the service of facilitating lasting recovery and preventing relapse among patients, Eating Recovery Center offers the following programs and services:
- Aftercare Coordinators. A team of licensed therapists work closely with patients’ treatment teams to develop an individualized aftercare plan that meets their needs and unique emotional, behavioral and situational discharge challenges. These plans identify personal and recovery-focused goals as well as a treatment action plan complete with pre-arranged appointments with an existing outpatient team. If patients do not already work with an outpatient team, Eating Recovery Center’s team of Aftercare Coordinators leverage a database of highly skilled eating disorders professionals, including outpatient therapists, dietitians and internists, to assemble a team to facilitate continuity of care and help patients sustain recovery once they return home.
- Relapse prevention training. With the goal of facilitating lasting recovery and preventing relapse among patients, Eating Recovery Center’s Partial Hospitalization Program now offers a Relapse Prevention group. Held twice per week, patients attend this group during the two weeks prior to their planned discharge date. Relapse Prevention emphasizes recovery management, particularly the development of a schedule for the patient’s first few weeks at home, as well as the Wellness Plan, which details a strategy for continuing care following discharge from treatment at a higher level of care.
- Alumni programming. Alumni of Eating Recovery Center’s intensive treatment programs have access to ongoing support and guidance through events and resources designed specifically for program graduates. Former patients have the option to attend an annual Alumni Retreat, and those residing in the Denver area can attend a weekly Aftercare Process Group. Families of alumni are also supported following their loved one’s discharge from treatment through lifelong access to Family Days programming.