Child & Adolescent 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 recovery and thrive in the home environment.
We recognize that every young person is truly one of a kind, and they respond best when their 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 them 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 care that leads to lasting recovery.
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.
Integrated Educational Support
Age-appropriate educational support, including an onsite school, is integrated directly into the Child & Adolescent Program so that each young person is able to maintain academic progress. Our Education Coordinators 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.
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.
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.
What to Expect from our 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, academic, and professional support
- Eating disorder-specific psychiatric, medical, and nutritional rehabilitation
- Robust family and multi-family programming
- Culinary and nutritional programming led by passionate gourmet chefs and registered dietitians
- Expressive art and movement therapy
- Off-site restaurant and therapeutic outings