Residential Eating Disorder Treatment Program for Children and Teenagers

Our Residential program is designed for patients that need 24-hour support, but no longer require the same intensity of medical support and stabilization of Inpatient eating disorder treatment. The Residential eating disorder treatment program offers round-the-clock observation and support, as well as daytime medical and psychiatric supervision. Each child/adolescent patient is assigned a Primary Clinician who works intensely with both the patient and their family.

A structured schedule incorporates groups, community meetings and individual therapy to model a recovery-based daily structure to help patients overcome destructive routines, rules and behaviors. Supervised activity and meal outings, as well as passes for spending time with family, are available to help young patients test their recovery in real-life settings, and assist the treatment team in identifying the skills that need additional development prior to stepping down to a lower level of care.

View a Child & Adolescent Program Sample Schedule.

Family-Based Treatment for eating disorders

Eating Recovery Center maintains a strong family-centered approach to child and adolescent eating disorder treatment that recognizes the critical role parents and loved ones play in the child’s sustained recovery. Our family-centered approach is rooted in the tenets of Family-Based Treatment (FBT), a therapeutic framework in which parents are empowered to become agents of change for their young loved ones and help them sustain recovery into the future.

Family-Based Treatment educates parents and families about eating disorders and enables them to manage the weight restoration and re-feeding processes until the child can assume responsibility for these tasks (when developmentally appropriate).

In addition to regularly scheduled family therapy, parents eat supported meals with their children and work closely with Registered Dietitians to understand fundamentals of nutrition, food portioning and food plating. Families are also encouraged to attend our monthly Family Days program, a free educational program emphasizing eating disorder education and development of skills to support the adolescent’s recovery, and participate in parent support and education groups.​

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