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1295 Bandana Boulevard West
Suite 310 & 210
St. Paul, MN 55108
P: 651-645-5323
F: 651-621-8490
Toll-Free: 1-888-364-5977

Child & Adolescent Eating Disorder Treatment Program

Specifically designed with young people in mind.

Most eating disorder treatment programs for young people were originally designed for adults. Not Veritas. We built our program from day one to meet the unique needs of children, adolescents, and their families. With a focus on individualized care, family involvement, and integrated educational support, our goal is to equip each person and their family with the take-home skills they need to continue eating disorder recovery and to thrive in the home environment.

We are proud to offer a broad range of eating disorder treatment options for children and adolescents.

Mother and child making art

Individualized Care

We recognize that every young person is truly one of a kind, and they respond best when their eating disorder treatment is one of a kind, too. That’s why we develop an individualized care plan based on each patient’s unique medical, nutritional, and emotional needs. It’s also why we assign children and adolescents a multidisciplinary care team—including a medical provider, registered dietitian, and psychotherapist—that stays with them as they progress through treatment. This helps build a trusting and comforting relationship between the care team, the young person, and the family, and it means that our team can more readily see what’s working best and adjust the care plan as needed. The goal, as with everything we do, is to provide effective, personalized eating disorder care that leads to lasting recovery.

Family Involvement

We believe families are a powerful tool in the eating disorder recovery process. Therefore, a large component of our treatment process has been designed to facilitate family involvement through family therapy and multi-family group programming. Our goal is to help each individual and family tackle the eating disorder and thrive together in the home environment.

Father, son, and daughter cooking
Education room

Integrated Educational Support

Age-appropriate educational support is integrated directly into the Child & Adolescent Program so that each young person is able to maintain academic progress. Our Education Coordinators and Teachers are creative in implementing each student’s educational plans and meeting their needs. The primary goal of our Education Program is to enable the continuation of student learning and prepare the student for a smooth transition back to their home school upon discharge, while also supporting their healing and recovery journey.

Nutrition and Culinary Support

Our nutrition program is designed to help individuals and families recognize and manage many common triggers for eating disorder behaviors. Unique features include individualized nutrition care with parent education and support, hands-on culinary experiences taught by skilled chefs, supervised restaurant outings, and private dining rooms where patients and families learn to navigate mealtime challenges by planning, preparing, and eating meals together in a realistic homelike setting.

Adolescent cooking class

Levels of Care

As a comprehensive healthcare system, Veritas is one of the few eating disorder programs in the nation that offers a full continuum of care, from inpatient to outpatient. We know that access to the right treatment at the right time is the key to lasting recovery for children and adolescents.

What to Expect from Our Child & Adolescent Eating Disorder Treatment Programs

Veritas provides individualized best-practice care tailored to the unique needs of children and adolescents, ages up to 17, in a gender-diverse and inclusive environment. Key program elements include:

  • Comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment teams that remain with your child throughout their recovery journey
  • Therapy informed by a unique blend of approaches, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Family-Based Treatment
  • Age-appropriate developmental and academic support
  • Eating disorder-specific psychiatric, medical, and nutritional rehabilitation
  • Robust family treatment options
  • Culinary and nutritional programming led by passionate gourmet chefs and registered dietitians
  • Expressive art and movement therapy
  • Nutrition programming including therapeutic meals and snacks
  • State-of-the-art facilities at our eating disorder treatment centers