Family & Community of Support Program
Families and communities are just as much a part of our multidisciplinary treatment teams as our staff and just as much a part of the recovery process as their loved one.
We know that individuals, their families, and their communities may feel a swell of emotions when they or someone they love makes the decision to enter treatment. This is not only common, it is expected, and it is something that we understand well and strive to speak to directly. Families and communities are just as much a part of our multidisciplinary treatment teams as our staff is and just as much a part of the recovery process as their loved one is. Through eating disorders education and skills training, we aim to empower not only the individual in treatment, but those supporting them as well. Recovery can be a bumpy road, and it is one best traveled with companions.
In addition to receiving individualized family or community of support therapy that focuses on your team’s specific needs, we also provides a unique treatment experience with our multifamily/multicommunity programming each weekend.
What you’ll discover during our multifamily/multicommunity programming:
A safe space to share your experiences with families and communities who “get it” and are also working toward eating disorder recovery
Time to practice newly-won skills in a low-risk environment
Nutrition, culinary, and meal portioning training
Education around the research and treatment of eating disorders
Education & Vocation Program
Integrated directly into both our Child & Adolescent and Adult Programs, our education & vocation programming allows individuals to continue making progress towards their educational and career-oriented goals.
Education Programming for Children and Adolescents
As a part of the Child & Adolescent Program, our Education Department works with an adolescent patient’s home school to enable a continuation of academic progress at our fully equipped, on-site school.
Enrollment & Curriculum
Once at Veritas Collaborative, each individual will be served in our on-site school to maintain the student’s attendance record and educational needs. The student can stay enrolled in their school at home. The Education Coordinators will collaborate with the student’s teachers and will use the curriculum from the student’s home school, when available, in order to create a smooth transition back to the home school upon discharge from Veritas Collaborative.
Should the student be in treatment during the summer months, our Education Team will provide science and art enrichment and independent learning projects when appropriate. An Education Coordinator is also available to counsel students on their academic coursework, SAT/ACT preparation, college planning, and other education-related topics.
Education Coordinators are highly qualified teachers with specialized training to work in the treatment environment. Each student will follow their individual learning objectives during regularly scheduled school times in our classrooms. In addition to the instruction provided by our Education Coordinators, we have many academic resources including online courses available and graduate-level tutors.
Communication between the student’s home school and the Veritas Education Team is essential in planning an appropriate educational program. The Education Coordinators will work with the student’s school, parents and clinicians to create an appropriate academic plan. The home school will continue to be the school of record, and any grades given for work completed will be in the name of the home school.
Parents & Families
Our Education Coordinators partner with parents and the students’ home schools to ensure the appropriate implementation of each student’s coursework.
Education and Vocation Programming for Adults
Our Education and Vocation Coordinators assist our adult patients with college and career issues during treatment. Our staff helps each individual navigate the process of entering treatment as a college student and/or employee. We assist with document submissions and collaborate with the patient’s clinicians to prepare the patient to return to the college or work environment as appropriate following discharge.
Life Skills Groups on college and career planning, budgeting, resume writing and other useful topics are also offered to build hope and skills for a productive future in recovery.
Expressive Art & Movement Therapy
It can be difficult for an individual with an eating disorder to separate themself and their thoughts from the disorder and its noise. The opportunity to express emotions and ideas nonverbally in a supportive, nonjudgmental atmosphere creates a safe space where an individual can find their voice.
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way— things I have no words for.” -Georgia O’Keefe
Through expressive art and movement, you will:
Explore body image, self esteem, and personal strengths
Identify emotions and develop insight through imagery
Challenge perfectionism and hone creative problem solving
Learn mindful, self-soothing coping skills to reduce stress and relieve anxiety
Strengthen interpersonal skills through group art making and murals
Culinary & Nutrition Program
We know that the food part of eating disorder recovery can be scary. That’s why we offer a one-of-a-kind culinary program that gives you, your family, and your community the skills necessary to confidently navigate mealtimes after you leave Veritas Collaborative.
“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” -James Beard
What you’ll find in our collaborative kitchen:
Guided meal planning and preparation (hands-on)
Family/community of support-friendly kitchens for collaborative meal preparation and navigation
Regular, in-kitchen interactions with gourmet chefs and registered dietitians
Family/community of support mealtimes
Comprehensive meal support
Preparation for off-site restaurant outings