Parents’ FAQ #3
How do we determine which level of treatment and which groups our child should attend?
Initial Evaluation. People who are interested in the ACE program are asked to go through an initial evaluation, which involves approximately three hours. You as the parent will be asked to fill out a questionnaire and sign several consent forms while your child is also doing paperwork. This involves several questionnaires which screen for eating problems as well as other problems which tend to accompany eating disorders such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, perfectionism, etc. One of our psychologists then reviews the paperwork and spends about an hour with the potential patient. We make it a point to go over the questionnaires and give feedback that helps you and your child understand the relative severity of various problems and symptoms. Our goal when reviewing the paperwork and meeting with you is to make a recommendation which is highly individualized regarding which parts of our program would be helpful in starting treatment (that is, if intensive treatment is indicated). This assessment helps us determine which groups are going to be the most helpful and is necessary if we are going to individualize schedules.