Family & Community of Support Program
When families and communities are actively involved in their loved one’s treatment, that person is more likely to achieve and maintain recovery. Studies have shown this for years, and we’ve certainly seen the positive impact at Veritas. For this reason, we provide ample opportunities for family and community involvement in both our Child & Adolescent and Adult Programs
Family-Based Treatment, or FBT, is a treatment method that draws on the support of family and community to help promote recovery. FBT is recognized as an extremely important and effective element of eating disorder care, and it’s fully integrated into our Child & Adolescent Program.
Through eating disorder education and skills training, we empower not only the individual in treatment, but those supporting them as well—and that can include family members, caregivers, healthcare providers, and schools.
This ensures individuals have the community of support they need to achieve success during treatment, smoothly transition back to normal life, and maintain recovery over time.
Multi-Family/ Community Program
In both our Adult and Child & Adolescent Programs, we offer a unique program each weekend where Veritas families and communities gather to share their experiences and draw strength from each other. These relaxed get-togethers provide opportunities and benefits not found in a more clinical setting:
A safe space for individuals to share their experiences with families and communities who understand what they’re going through; Time to practice newly won skills in a low-risk environment—and to regain social skills often lost in the isolation of an eating disorder; Practical training in nutrition, culinary skills, and meal portioning; Education around the research and treatment of eating disorders.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
A central goal of eating disorder treatment is helping people recognize and change unhealthy behaviors. The primary therapy we use is called Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT, which has proven to be effective at treating not only eating disorders, but also co-occurring disorders.
Key Benefits of DBT
- Shown effective at treating eating disorders as well as associated conditions
- Doesn’t try to change your thinking; instead, it helps you manage problem thoughts in a more constructive way
- Gives you and your community of support a toolkit of practical skills to deal with challenges as they arise
- Taught to all Veritas staff, not just therapists, so training is reinforced at every moment of your Veritas experience
Nutrition & Culinary Program
We know that the food part of eating disorder recovery can be challenging. That’s why we offer a one-of-a-kind nutrition and culinary program that provides you, your family, and your community the skills needed to confidently navigate mealtimes after you leave Veritas Collaborative.
What you’ll find in our collaborative kitchen:
- Guided meal planning and hands-on preparation
- Private dining rooms where individuals and their families can learn to manage mealtime challenges in a home-like setting
- Regular, in-kitchen interactions with skilled chefs—including one-on-one cooking lessons
- Comprehensive meal support
- One-on-one meal coaching is offered
- Preparation for off-site restaurant outings and other real-life mealtime scenarios
- Dietitians with eating disorder expertise who can establish individualized nutrition goals and effectively staged eating plans
Education & Vocation Programming
Taking time to recover from an eating disorder doesn’t mean falling behind at school or work. We’ve integrated robust education programming into our Child & Adolescent Program and both education and vocation programming into our Adult Program to ensure individuals transition back to the life they love without missing a beat.
Education Programming for Children and Adolescents
As a part of the Child & Adolescent Program, our Education Department works with an adolescent’s home school to enable a continuation of academic progress at our fully equipped on-site school.
Enrollment & Curriculum
Once at Veritas, each individual will receive instruction in our on-site school, led by certified teachers, to maintain their attendance record and meet their educational needs. The student can stay enrolled in their home school. Our Education Coordinators will collaborate with the student’s teachers and will use the curriculum from the student’s home school, when available, to create a smooth transition back to the home school when the student leaves Veritas.
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 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 available, including online courses and graduate-level tutors.
Communication between the student’s home school and the Veritas Education Team is essential in planning an appropriate education 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 adults who have 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 individual’s clinicians to prepare that individual for return to the college or work environment 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.
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