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Through advocacy work, community and professional events, and media outreach, Veritas is helping to bring cutting-edge research, best-practice care, and scientifically backed information into the national eating disorder conversation. Here in our blog you can learn about the work we and others are doing to advance the understanding and treatment of eating disorders. You’ll also find interesting articles and helpful insights that can support you or a loved one on the journey to lasting recovery. We want to hear your story. Email us ( and ask how you can become a contributor!

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Veritas Collaborative Now Offering Nasogastric (NG) Tube Feeding Services

Veritas Collaborative, a Specialty Behavioral Health Hospital for children and adolescents with eating disorder diagnoses, now offers nasogastric (NG) tube feeding services for patients determined to be in need of this treatment.

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The Metaphor of Butterflies

During the summer, the patients at Veritas Collaborative enjoy watching the metamorphosis of caterpillars to butterflies. These furry little creatures go through a great deal of change in two short weeks, similar to the remarkable changes our patients make during their recovery process here at Veritas.

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Art Therapy: A Visual Record of the Eating Disorder Road to Recovery

Creative expression and authentic emotions are often silenced by the presence of an eating disorder. As a nonverbal language, art therapy can facilitate the process of slowly uncovering and unearthing the creative self that may be hidden under layers of shame and guilt.

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Veritas Collaborative Expands its Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) for the Treatment of Eating Disorders

The Veritas Collaborative Adolescent Program for eating disorders has expanded its services for the partial hospitalization level of care. The diverse program, now in a new unit within the existing facility, serves up to 12 patients with treatment six days a week.

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IAEDP’s 2013 Imagine Me Beyond What You See Contest

Veritas Collaborative is the Lead Sponsor for IAEDP’s 2013 Imagine Me Beyond What You See Contest

Veritas Collaborative is proud to be the first-ever lead sponsor for the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp™) Foundation’s Imagine Me Beyond What You See Mannequin Art Contest.

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Caring for More Young People in 2013

Veritas Collaborative is pleased to share with you our expanded scope of care in 2013. Our state-of-the-art adolescent treatment program now serves young adults 10-19 years of age for Inpatient, Residential, and Partial Hospitalization care. As always, we are honored to stand with families as we support these young persons in the work of recovery from devastating eating disorder mental illnesses.

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BEDA National Weight Stigma Awareness Week

This week is National Weight Stigma Awareness Week. BEDA, The Binge Eating Disorder Association, brings attention to fat bias in our culture, and the ways that we as individuals can fight this problem. 

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Tony Award-Winning Actress, Victoria Clark, Visits Veritas Collaborative

On June 4, 2012, Veritas Collaborative opened its doors in Durham, North Carolina with the purpose of providing exceptional care for adolescents who are suffering from eating disorders. Since that day, our team has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to providing comprehensive, evidence-based care for our patients and their families, while creating a warm, inviting environment in which our patients can have the best possibility for recovery.

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Veritas Collaborative Grand Opening and Symposium

We are pleased to invite you to the Grand Opening and Symposium of Veritas Collaborative — A Specialty Behavioral Health Hospital for Young People & Center of Excellence for the Treatment of Eating Disorders.

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Missing School Should Not Prevent Seeking Treatment

For most adolescents, school is the place they spend the most time, energy, and attention. It is where they learn, socialize, eat, play, and make plans for their future.  When an adolescent is facing the possibility of needing a high level of care for an eating disorder, school issues can become a barrier to seeking inpatient/residential treatment.

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Stuart Kaplan, MD, FAAP Featured on News14

Stuart Kaplan, MD, FAAP, the Veritas Collaborative Associate Medical Director – Pediatrics, was featured on News14 In Depth this morning.

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Alice Merritt, MPH, RD, LDN, earns Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian(CEDRD) certification

Awarded by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedpTM), Veritas Collaborative’s Nutrition and Dietetic Services Manager, Alice Merritt, MPH, RD, LDN, earns her Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian certification.

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NEDAwareness Week

NEDAwareness Week 2013

NEDAwareness Week, the largest education and outreach effort on eating disorders in the United States, is taking place February 24 through March 2, 2013. This year’s theme is “Everybody knows somebody.”

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Yoga on the Path to Eating Disorder Recovery

Yoga is an ideal component of therapy for individuals with eating disorders. The word “yoga,” translated from Sanskrit, means yoke, the union of self with the divine, of mind and body. The practice fits in especially well with the therapeutic model that is followed at Veritas Collaborative, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: learning radical acceptance while acknowledging the need for change.

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Dr. Holly Rogers Shares new Mindfulness Book with Veritas Collaborative Staff

Veritas Collaborative welcomed Holly Rogers, MD, Staff Psychiatrist at Duke University’s Counseling and Psychological Services, to share the principles outlined in her and Dr. Margaret Maytan’s new book, Mindfulness for the Next Generation:  Helping Emerging Adults Manage Stress and Lead Healthier Lives. The book is an easy-to-use guide detailing a four-session mindfulness-based program called ‘Koru,’ the symbol for mindfulness practice benefits – simultaneous growth and stability toward satisfaction in daily life.

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Veritas Collaborative Awarded Accreditation from the Joint Commission

Veritas Collaborative has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in behavioral health care. The accreditation award recognizes Veritas Collaborative’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

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Veritas Collaborative is Now Accepting Patients and Families for the Treatment of Eating Disorders

As many of you are aware, eating disorders are among the most lethal of all psychiatric illnesses. Millions of people suffer with eating disorders in the United States, with young persons representing the majority of those newly identified with the illness.

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