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1295 Bandana Boulevard West
Suite 310 & 210
St. Paul, MN 55108
P: 651-645-5323
F: 651-621-8490
Toll-Free: 1-888-364-5977

Child & Adolescent Eating Disorder Treatment Program

Specifically designed with young people in mind.

Call 855-875-5812 to get help with an eating disorder.

Most eating disorder treatment programs for young people were originally designed for adults. Not at 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 young person and their family with the take-home skills they need to continue eating disorder recovery and thrive in their home environment.

We are proud to offer a broad range of eating disorder treatment options for children and adolescents.

Mother and child making art - child and adolescent eating disorder treatment at Veritas Collaborative

Individualized Care

We recognize that every young person is truly one of a kind, and they respond best when their eating disorder treatment is as unique as they are. That’s why we develop an individualized care plan around each patient’s specific medical, nutritional, and emotional needs. It’s also why we assign children and adolescents their own multidisciplinary care team—including a medical provider, registered dietitian, and psychotherapist—that stays with them as they progress through treatment. This continuity of care helps build a trusting and comforting relationship between the care team, the young person, and the family. It also means that our team can more readily see what’s working best and adjust the care plan as needed. As with everything we do, the goal is to provide effective, personalized eating disorder care that leads to lasting recovery. At Veritas Collaborative, our teams have the clinical skills, compassionate approach, and specialty care experience to provide eating disorder treatment tailored to the unique needs of children and adolescents.

Family Involvement

We believe families are a powerful tool in the eating disorder recovery process. Therefore, a large component of our child and adolescent eating disorder treatment programming facilitates family involvement. Our goal of family therapy and multi-family group programming is to help each individual and family tackle the eating disorder and thrive together in the home environment.

As a parent, the thought of seeking treatment for your child’s eating disorder can be overwhelming. It’s common to have questions or concerns, such as:

  • “How do I talk to my child about an eating disorder?”
  • “Is there something less invasive than eating disorder treatment that we can try right now?”
  • “How long does eating disorder treatment typically last?”

You’re not alone. We’re here to offer guidance and support during this confusing time. Explore frequently asked questions about Veritas’ child and adolescent eating disorder treatment.

Father, son, and daughter cooking - child and adolescent eating disorder treatment at Veritas Collaborative
Education room - child and adolescent eating disorder treatment at Veritas Collaborative

Integrated Educational Support

In inpatient and residential care, age-appropriate educational support is integrated directly into child and adolescent programming so that each young person can maintain academic progress on their path to recovery. Our education staff are creative in supporting each student’s educational plans and incorporating them into their treatment schedule. The primary goals of our academic support are to help our patients stay on track with school while getting the vital recovery support they need and to prepare each student for a smoother transition back to their typical school routine upon discharge. At Veritas, we see the big picture. We work to support the holistic development of children and adolescents—which means helping them progress in their education while they seek eating disorder treatment

Nutrition and Culinary Support

Our approach to nutrition is designed to help children and adolescents and their families recognize and manage many common triggers for eating disorder behaviors. Unique features of our nutrition programming include individualized nutrition care with parent education and support, hands-on culinary experiences taught by skilled chefs, supervised restaurant outings, therapeutic-supported meals and snacks, and private dining rooms where patients and their families can learn to navigate mealtime challenges by planning, preparing, and eating meals together in a realistic homelike setting.

Adolescent cooking class - child and adolescent eating disorder treatment at Veritas Collaborative

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. This integrated care model ensures children and adolescents can receive the right treatment at the right time, with uninterrupted support every step of the way.

What to Expect from Our Child & Adolescent Eating Disorder 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
  • Individual and group therapy informed by a unique blend of approaches, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and Family-Based Treatment (FBT)
  • Age-appropriate developmental and academic support
  • Eating disorder-specific psychiatric, medical, and nutritional monitoring and rehabilitation
  • Robust family treatment options
  • Culinary and nutritional programming led by skilled chefs and registered dietitians
  • Expressive art and movement therapy
  • Therapeutic meals and snacks based on individualized meal plans
  • State-of-the-art eating disorder treatment centers

Learn how the different aspects of Veritas’ eating disorder treatment come together in the child & adolescent recovery journey: