Adolescent Residential Eating Disorder Program

Intensive Outpatient Care For Adults With Eating Disorders

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Compassionate Care in a Home-Like Environment

The Adolescent Residential Program is a structured, medically monitored, therapeutic residential program for adolescents requiring 24 hour care as they recover from eating disorders. The program incorporates key aspects of the Maudsley Method, a family-based treatment that has been shown to be the most effective treatment for adolescents with eating disorders. For this reason, teens and families participate in a continuous program throughout the stay that is designed to promote the development of individual skills and family structure, to provide a safe environment at home and allow for additional aftercare services to continue the remaining therapeutic work.

Requirements:

  • Female and male, 12-17 years of age
  • Require 24 hour care, but not at a hospital level of care
  • Cannot be treated at a less intense setting
  • Ready to eat at group and family meals and to incorporate a variety of foods into their meal plan

Goals:

  • Stabilize patient, both medically and behaviorally
  • Progress toward individual weight goals
  • Decrease reliance on eating disorder behaviors
  • Decrease anxiety in relation to food and meal times
  • Educate adolescents and families on eating disorders and provide nutrition education
  • Teach patients and families effective coping skills, relapse prevention techniques and introduce them to the Maudsley Method
  • Decrease families’ anxiety and restore their hope for recovery
  • Prepare adolescents and families for the next step in recovery

Treatment Includes:

  • Onsite physician and nursing care
  • Nutrition education and coaching
  • Individual counseling
  • Daily group therapy
  • Case management
  • Educational support
  • Discharge planning

Treatment Team Includes:

  • Psychiatrist
  • Nurse
  • Dietitian
  • Social workers
  • Mental health counselors

Groups Include:

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Self-esteem
  • Nutrition Education
  • Expressive Therapy
  • Body Image
  • Relapse Prevention

Support for families includes:

  • Intensive eating disorder education
  • Family therapy
  • Coached meals
  • Support groups

Program Hours:

24/7

Average Length of Stay:

10-30 days

Location:

60 Hope Avenue, Apt. 121
Waltham, MA 02453
Phone: 781-647-6700
Fax: 781-647-6752

Admissions Department:

Phone: 781-647-6727, Fax: 781-647-6752

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