Treatment > Levels of Care • Treatment Formats • ACE in Alpharetta • ACE in Decatur • Group Descriptions • Program Schedules
Requires a fifty-minute meeting once or twice a week to address the eating disorder symptoms and underlying psychological, interpersonal and social forces.
Comprehensive Family Therapy
Maudsley/Family Based Treatment: This approach, based on Evidence-Based practices, utilizes the patient’s family as the primary resource for re-feeding and recovery. The family therapist supports and coaches the parents to take control of eating back from the eating disorder and restore patients to a healthy weight. After weight has been restored, the family therapist helps the family to return control back to the child in a developmentally appropriate way, then assists the family to resolve any remaining issues. This is a statistically supported method for anorexic and bulimic adolescents and an effective alternative to hospitalization for many families.
Family Therapy: Meet for fifty minutes per family per week to address such issues as communication, parents’ role in their child's treatment and recovery, and how the eating disorder and family affect each other.
Intensive Family Weekend: Available and strongly recommended to all ACE participants and their families, especially those who are living at home with their family of origin. This two-day, extended-family therapy experience focuses on such factors as family and individual personality dynamics and the family’s relational and communication patterns. Issues explored during this program will continue to be explored with the participants’ family therapist in followup weekly sessions.
Family Support Group: A free support group where parents and other loved ones can meet to get support and ideas from other family members and ACE staff for helping their loved one through recovery. Family members also receive tools for taking care of themselves in order to provide the best help for their loved one.
ACE offers a wide variety of groups devoted to process, education and skills. See the full descriptions of all groups here.
Participants work with ACE’s registered and licensed dieticians to assess current eating behaviors and physical status, set eating goals and address common struggles such as meal planning, dining out and body image issues. Additional ways participants can address nutrition include:
Individual Nutrition Consultations: Sessions of thirty to sixty minutes occurring with varying frequency, depending on the individual’s needs.
Nutrition Group: A weekly group lasting ninety minutes. See the Groups page for a description.
Meal Process Group: Go to the Groups page for details.