Treatment Philosophy

Treatment Philosophy

River Centre Clinic follows a treatment philosophy designed to provide an affordable treatment alternative to inpatient care. Our innovative approach to treatment is designed to reduce costs without compromising our high quality of care. We follow a well-established therapy model for treating eating disorders that integrates individual, group, and family therapy. This model is linked to evidence-based treatment principles and is facilitated by internally developed software technology. Each patient receives an individualized treatment plan that is developed and implemented by an interdisciplinary team of highly trained professional staff members. We take pride in working with persons with language, hearing, vision, and other special needs by involving other agencies and professionals to supplement and individualize the care that we provide at the River Centre Clinic.

Cost-Effective Treatment

A key barrier to the effective treatment of eating disorders is affordability, so River Centre Clinic has developed several cost-effective innovations to reduce treatment costs. Our approach provides a sufficiently high level of structure and intensity to be clinically effective for the vast majority of eating disorder patients at a fraction of the cost of most inpatient or residential programs. Learn more about insurance and treatment costs

Individualized Treatment Plans

Since each patient’s eating disorder is unique, an individualized treatment plan is developed and customized for each patient. In the first week after admission, you will receive an individualized treatment plan tailored to meet your unique needs, based on our ongoing assessment of problems and progress. This plan is developed based on the initial assessment, then applied within the framework of evidence-based treatment principles, and periodically revised as changes occur during treatment. The treatment team will work closely with you to set realistic treatment goals, and staff members are available to you and your family to explain the rationale behind various aspects of treatment. While in the program, you will learn how to address the main symptoms of your eating disorder. You will also learn how to identify and start resolving the emotional issues that have contributed to the development and maintenance of symptoms. We encourage you and your family to participate in the development of the treatment plan.

Interdisciplinary Care

Eating disorders are complex health problems and require a highly skilled interdisciplinary team to optimally assess, treat, and manage them. River Centre Clinic staff members include an experienced psychiatrist, family practice physicians, a registered nurse, psychologists, licensed independent social workers, a dietary technician, Master’s level therapists, residential staff, mental health workers, and a teacher to provide coordination with schools as well as tutoring. Consultants in the community include other areas of medicine such as cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology and internal medicine.

Standardized Measures

Following recommendations within the research community for practice-based evaluations, our program has developed software tools that graphically generate measures of clinical change so that clinicians and patients can visually evaluate progress. Patient evaluations also help clinicians to identify effective treatment components and areas where the treatment process can be continuously improved.

Proprietary Software Technology

River Centre Clinic is committed to continually improving the service delivery using data collected on a range of psychosocial assessment measures to determine the needs of persons served as well as to improve effectiveness of treatment provided. Well-established standardized measures of change are employed to assess outcomes. Our research has show that patient acceptance of our treatment is high. The Partial Hospitalization Program is viewed positively because it provides sufficient structure to allow patients to attain symptom control and gain weight without the disadvantages of a highly restrictive hospital environment.

Community Involvement

River Centre Clinic provides education and support groups to enhance public understanding of eating disorders within the local community. We sponsor the Eating Disorders Support Network, a free, community-based support group for parents, friends, and loved ones of those who have eating disorders. We also provide community lectures on eating disorders to schools, high school and university athletic teams, and local public health agencies to increase public awareness of eating disorders. Our special relationship with a local school system provides services for children and adolescents who require more intensive and specialized services than can be provided in the school setting. This school program also offers training workshops for teachers, guidance counselors, and administrative staff members on more effective interventions for those suffering from emotional problems in the school setting.