The Pediatric Eating Disorders Center at Atlantic Health System Children's Health offers partial hospitalization programs for adolescents ages 13 to 21 children ages 8 through 12.
Eating disorders treatment in our partial hospitalization programs includes:
- Medical monitoring – The physical complications of an eating disorder are assessed through daily weight measurements, vital signs and medical evaluations.
- Nutritional counseling – A registered dietitian helps patients select their meals and assists parents with meal planning and coaching techniques they can use at home.
- Individual psychotherapy – Patients meet regularly with a licensed therapist to learn skills for managing eating disorders and related symptoms that may be interfering with daily functioning.
- Group psychotherapy – Therapist-led groups emphasize psychoeducation and skill building.
- Psychiatric care – A psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner provide regular support and medication management, if necessary.
- Family-Based Treatment
- Multifamily group therapy – Both parents and patients join therapist-led groups that focus on learning behaviors that support recovery.
- Multifamily meals – Parents and patients eat together in a therapeutic environment. Therapists and nutritionists are on hand to provide coaching and assist with meal portioning, supervision and interruption of eating disordered behaviors.
- Therapeutic supervised meals – Patients eat snacks and meals together in a therapeutic environment. Mental health assistants, therapists and dietitians are on hand to provide supervision and coaching and assist with the interruption of eating disordered behaviors.
- Parent skills groups – Our multidisciplinary eating disorders team provides psychoeducation lessons. Additionally, parents of recovered patients return to offer encouragement and support.
- Creative arts therapy – Patients express their emotions through music and art therapy groups.
- Yoga – Our staff is trained in the techniques of child yoga exercises.
- Pet therapy – Visits from therapy animals reduce stress and help the healing process.
- Education and school services
Parents are required to join multifamily meals and multifamily groups, participate in a parent skills group, and attend weekly Family-Based Treatment and nutrition sessions. Physician services are provided by Atlantic Medical Group and are on staff at Goryeb Children's Hospital.
Our eating disorders program was developed by and is supported through generous donations from individuals, families and organizations concerned with the prevention and treatment of eating disorders.