As the new school year begins, our Education Coordinators are hard at work, contacting schools and helping patients maintain academic progress during treatment. Mindy Elliott, a former Education Coordinator herself, recently accepted a new position as Hospital Education Manager to lead the Veritas Collaborative Education Program through the most recent expansion in Durham, North Carolina and Richmond, Virginia. Read ahead to learn more about her and the leadership role she plays at Veritas.
Name: Mindy Elliott, BA, NBCT
Title: Hospital Education Manager
Tell us about your experience working as an education coordinator.
As a hospital teacher, I have had the opportunity to work closely with students and families during a challenging time in their lives. I am honored to have the responsibility of facilitating each patient’s coursework and helping them to stay on track with their schoolwork while seeking treatment.
I also enjoy the unique collaborative atmosphere between the staff at Veritas as we all work together towards each patient’s recovery. There are countless patients that I will never forget, and I hope my role in their treatment made a positive impact in their journey.
What interested you in working at Veritas Collaborative?
School issues can often become a barrier to seeking treatment for an eating disorder. When I first learned about Veritas Collaborative, I was fascinated by the comprehensive treatment program including individual, family, culinary and academic programming. At Veritas, we believe in treating the whole person. School plays an important part in every adolescent’s life; therefore, an integrated academic program during treatment assists in the success of the recovery process. In the educator role, I am able to guide the patients and families on a reasonable academic path that includes the patient’s academic and career goals, as well as their recovery and health goals.
As the new Hospital Education Manager, what is your vision for the Education Program at Veritas?
I am so excited to accept the Hospital Education Manager position in order to expand the role in which our Education Coordinators are already excelling. In addition to working collaboratively with the patient’s school, family, and clinicians during treatment, I look forward to expanding our transition assistance and meeting directly with schools in the field to ensure smooth transitions for our patients as they discharge home. I also look forward to visiting more schools and professional organizations to facilitate conversations about eating disorders in the school environment.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
My job offers endless opportunities to educate educators on eating disorders. When I speak to teachers, counselors, and school administrators, I am able to raise awareness about eating disorders and dispel common myths and stereotypes. As an educator myself, I understand the many roles an educator juggles in the halls of a school and the challenges they face each day. I offer those educators information and tools to understand and identify eating disorder behaviors and create a positive environment for their students. I love that I get to start this conversation with my fellow comrades in order to spread awareness about this illness.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Most of my free time is spent with my family. My husband and I are true partners as we guide our own adolescent daughters in life. My favorite thing we do during our free time is read and boogie board at the beach on Pleasure Island, NC.
What is your favorite recovery or inspirational quote?
All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we’re giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors—in our own way, each one of us is a giver and a receiver.