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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 (blog@veritascollaborative.com) and ask how you can become a contributor!

Presentations

Presentations

Find recordings of our virtual presentations below. Want to catch a live presentation in the future? Check out our Events page for upcoming dates.

Eating Disorders 101

Eating disorders are becoming increasingly better understood by our society. However, many are not fully aware of the prevalence, seriousness, the range of individuals affected by this illness. The purpose of this workshop is to identify causes, signs, effects, and treatment options for eating disorders, from the perspective of individuals who are struggling as well as their loved ones and treatment providers.

Binge Eating Disorder 101

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder, and yet it is often overlooked or misunderstood. This presentation will provide an overview of the etiology, assessment, and nutritional and therapeutic treatment approaches, as well as the impact of weight, weight bias, and weight stigma on those with Binge Eating Disorder.

ARFID 101

This presentation will highlight the similarities and differences between ARFID and other eating disorders. Medical consequences will be explored including cardiac abnormalities, growth and pubertal delay as well as co-morbid psychiatric diagnoses. Evidence-based treatment, including specific coaching and food discovery, will be reviewed so that attendees can begin to incorporate them into their practice.

MD 101

Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses with significant medical complications. Disordered eating behaviors, including restriction, bingeing, purging and selectivity, can lead to medical complications in patients of all ages, genders, races, and socioeconomic statuses. Early detection is critical as many of the medical complications of eating disorders are not fully reversible but may be minimized with early intervention. Providers caring for patients can help to decrease the morbidity and mortality that is a direct result of eating disorders behaviors by understanding and recognizing the associated medical complications.

RD 101

Our society is saturated with messages about diet culture and weight bias. These pervasive messages even extend into the healthcare field, making it difficult for Registered Dietitians to navigate nutrition conversations with clients in eating disorder recovery. In this course, we will review key concepts in nutrition for the treatment of eating disorders and practical methods of application for the Registered Dietitian. This will include nutrition assessment, common nutrition therapy practices, tools, and interventions.

The Cultural Culinary Challenge: Managing Varying Nutritional Needs in Eating Disorders Care

Our cultural culinary environment is diverse and ever-changing. Individuals with eating disorders and their families often come to treatment with multiple dietary limitations. Popular dieting beliefs, food trends, nutritional science, and cultural and spiritual heritage all must be considered when assisting any individual with adapting to eating patterns. This workshop provides practical advice for managing common dietary restrictions and limitations that individuals with eating disorders and their support systems identify at the initiation of care. This will include learning how to script conversations regarding changes to eating patterns.

Ethical Considerations in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

During this presentation, Krista Crotty, LMFT, PsyD reviews common ethical principles as they apply to mental health and eating disorder treatment. The primary goal of this session is to start a dialogue among eating disorder treatment providers and to develop a forum to support each other with difficult decisions relating to eating disorder treatment. Involuntary hospitalizations are also discussed, as well as the risks of remaining at a lower level of care when a higher level of care is clinically and medically indicated.

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Continuing Education/Events

Continuing Education/Events

Be a part of our collaborative community.

We are passionate about raising awareness of eating disorders and promoting best-practice care⁠–but we can’t do it alone. Please join us!

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Accanto Health’s 2022 Symposium, Beside and Beyond

Sept 14–16th – Atlanta, GA

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  • Accanto Health 2022 Webinars

    Earn CEUs and learn the latest about eating disorders and related topics at our convenient webinars.

    Advocacy and You: Thursday, July 14th, 12–2pm ET. Learn more and register here

    Eating Disorders and College Campuses: Unique Opportunities, Challenges and Responsibilities: Thursday, August 11th, 12–2pm ET. Learn more and register here

    Suicide and Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in Eating Disorders: Thursday, October 13th, 12–2pm ET. Learn more and register here

    Eating Disorders and the Holidays: Thursday, November 10th, 12–2pm ET. Learn more and register here

    Preparing for the New Year: How to Navigate Weight Stigma and Bias: Thursday, December 8th, 12–2pm ET. Learn more and register here

  • In-Person Events

    Florida

    Considerations for Patients with Eating Disorders and Diabetes – Tampa, FL: Thursday, July 14th, 1:30–2:30pm ET. Learn more and register here

    Considerations for Patients with Eating Disorders and Diabetes – Winter Park, FL: Friday, July 15th, 12–1pm ET. Learn more and register here

    Virginia 

    Eating Disorders 101 – Richmond, VA: Thursday, August 4th, 10am–12pm ET.  Learn more and register here

  • Conferences

    National

    BIPoC Eating Disorders Conference: Wednesday, July 20th–Friday, July 22nd. Learn more and register here

    APA Convention 2022: Thursday, August 4th–Saturday, August 6th. Learn more and register here

    2022 Accanto Health Symposium: Beside and Beyond: Wednesday, September 14th–Friday, September 16th. Learn more and register here

    North Carolina

    Lowcountry Mental Health Conference: Wednesday, July 27th–Friday, July 29th. Learn more and register here

  • Networking Events

    Check back soon for upcoming networking events.

For professionals, we offer regular training programs and other professional events that will be of interest to you, whether to learn, to network, or to share expertise with a collaborative community of your peers.

Others will find a range of community and educational events that can help raise awareness, increase access to care, reduce stigma, and provide education about eating disorders and related topics.

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For Professionals

For Professionals

Trust Veritas with your eating disorder referrals.

We help healthcare professionals recognize the signs and understand the symptoms. We work with the patient, family, and community of support to create an individualized treatment plan designed to provide the tools needed for lasting recovery. If you suspect an eating disorder, don’t wait.

Join Our National Provider Network

Our Professional Relations Team is available to provide information and updates about our eating disorder treatment programs and services, along with opportunities for continued education and networking. Connect with us today.

Referring a Patient

If you suspect food, body image, weight, and/or eating issues, the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Psychiatric Association suggest that you act quickly. Learn to recognize signs of disordered eating and how the team at Veritas Collaborative can assist you and your patient.

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Professional Relations Team

Our Professional Relations Team is dedicated to providing healthcare professionals and communities with information on eating disorders and services at Veritas Collaborative.

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Educational Events

Gain new insights through our educational events. Find a wide range of community and educational events that can help raise awareness, increase access to care, reduce stigma, and educate about eating disorders and related topics.

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Informational Materials

Download informational materials from Veritas Collaborative.

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Informational Materials

Informational Materials

Informational materials from Veritas Collaborative.

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Refer a Patient

Refer a Patient

Supporting your patient as they take the next step.

We know that collaborating with providers is vital to the recovery process. If you suspect your patient has an eating disorder, please talk to one of our professionals today at 612-402-3061 or refer a patient through our online form so we can schedule an eating disorder assessment. We’re here to help.

When To Refer A Patient To Veritas Collaborative

As with other mental and physical disorders, a healthcare professional must recognize the signs of a problem or potential problem, and then intervene effectively. If you suspect food, body image, weight, and/or eating issues, the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Psychiatric Association suggest that you act quickly.

Know The Common Eating Disorder Symptoms

Use the common symptoms list and simple screening tool below. We also offer educational events to help your team screen for eating disorders, understand their effects, and access available treatment resources.

Eating disorders present physiologically and behaviorally. The multidisciplinary team at Veritas Collaborative recommends checking for common symptoms, such as:

  • Dramatic weight gain or loss
  • Verbal preoccupation with food, weight, and shape
  • Medical complications, such as amenorrhea, bradycardia, unexpected osteopenia or osteoporosis, electrolyte abnormalities, low body temperature, orthostatic hypotension
  • Rapid or persistent decline or increase in food intake
  • Purging; restricting; binge eating; compulsive eating; compulsive exercising; abuse of diet pills, laxatives, diuretics, or emetics
  • Denial of food and eating problems, despite concerns of others
  • Eating in secret, hiding food, disrupting family meals, feeling out of control with food

Start The Conversation

Ask if it is okay to discuss eating habits: “I’m concerned about your eating (or weight, body image, etc.). May we discuss how you typically eat and your relationship with food?”

Then ask your patient these questions:

  • Do you worry about your weight and body shape more than other people?
  • Do you avoid certain foods for reasons other than allergies or religious reasons?
  • Are you often on a diet?
  • Do you feel your weight is an important aspect of your identity?
  • Are you fearful of gaining weight?
  • Do you often feel out of control when you eat?
  • Do you regularly eat what others may consider to be a large quantity of food at one time?
  • Do you regularly eat until feeling uncomfortably full?
  • Do you hide what you eat from others, or eat in secret?
  • Do you often feel fat?
  • Do you feel guilty or depressed after eating?
  • Do you ever make yourself vomit (throw up) after eating?
  • Do you use your insulin in ways not prescribed to manage your weight?
  • Do you take any medication or supplement to compensate for eating or to give yourself permission to eat?
  • Do you exercise for the sole purpose of weight control?
  • Have people expressed concern about your relationship with food or your body? 

Two or more “yes” answers strongly indicate the presence of disordered eating. 

Streamlined Admission

To ensure your patient can get treatment as soon as possible, they will be connected with an Intake Therapist, who will conduct a phone intake within 48 hours of the initial call, determine the level of care, schedule an admit date and start the process to secure medical data and arrange any necessary lodging.

Stay Involved

To stay informed of your patient’s progress throughout their eating disorder treatment, ask them to complete a Release of Information form so we have permission to share health information with you.

Talk With The Experts At Veritas Collaborative

Veritas Collaborative staff is available to assist. Call us at 612-402-3061, use the referral form on this page, or send your patient to our website to request an eating disorder assessment.

Refer A Patient

Complete the information below or call us at 612-402-3061. We’ll contact your patient within one business day to learn more about their condition. We’ll keep you updated on our progress, too.

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    Recovery Is Possible

    If an eating disorder and/or related issues are diagnosed, we will work with you and your patient to develop a personalized treatment and recovery plan. We treat the whole person with a wide range of comprehensive, personalized treatments using diverse modalities.

    Our team is passionate about helping individuals struggling with eating disorders. Together, we can bring your patient hope and healing. Please contact our Admissions team at 612-402-3061 with questions.

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    Professional Relations Team

    Professional Relations Team

    True partners in care.

    Many of those who come to Veritas are referred by a healthcare provider. We recognize the importance of that provider-patient bond, and are committed to working collaboratively with those providers, involving them in all care decisions, and ensuring that their patients return from treatment with the tools they need for lasting recovery.

    Meet our Professional Relations Team

    Kelsey Ford

    Kelsey Ford

    MBA

    Director of Outreach

    National


    Katie Armstrong

    Katie Armstrong

    Regional Outreach Manager, East

    Eastern Region


    Erin Eastham

    Erin Eastham

    Professional Relations Specialist

    GA


    Christine Elkhoury

    Christine Elkhoury

    MBA, RD, LD/N

    Professional Relations Specialist

    FL


    Jami Croslow

    Jami Croslow

    MSW, MPA

    Professional Relations Specialist

    Eastern NC and SC


    Caitlin Grant

    Caitlin Grant

    Professional Relations Specialist

    Mid-Atlantic


    Marybeth Burns

    Marybeth Burns

    Professional Relations Specialist

    Western SC and NC, TN


    Chrystie Soriano

    Chrystie Soriano

    Outreach Marketing Specialist

    National


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    Recovery Starts Here

    If you have questions about anything - eating disorders, our programs, specific needs or concerns - or you'd like to schedule an initial phone assessment or a comprehensive in-person medical assessment, please give us a call or complete our contact form. Our admissions team is here to help.

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