The Center supports professionals working together to promote healing and recovery.
Eating Disorders are complex illnesses that often require attention and treatment from a team of specially-trained professionals including general practitioners and pediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, individual and family therapists, registered dietitians and additional specialists. At The Center for Eating Disorders we work hard to stay in contact with and develop relationships with outpatient treatment teams, referring professionals and other providers involved in patient care outside of our program. The Center for Eating Disorders’ professional resources and opportunities for collaboration are listed here.
Referral Assistance & Consultation
Do you have a patient with an eating disorder? Or, are you looking for a transfer for your patient? You can call our admissions department at (410) 938-5252 to discuss the case and get feedback and recommendations. Click on How to Make a Referral for additional details and information.
Discharge Summary & Recommendations
Upon discharge from any of our higher levels of care, patients are given treatment recommendations and guidelines for follow-up care and relapse prevention. This discharge information is also faxed to outpatient therapists who will be providing aftercare. If you have a question about the discharge process in general or a about particular case, you can email our Discharge Coordinator.
Program Brochures and Collateral
If at any time, you would like additional copies of The Center’s program brochures, support group flyers, event posters/invitations, or other materials to keep on hand in your office or to share with patients, please don’t hesitate to make a request for information/collateral. We would be happy to mail you what you need.
If you are looking for opportunities to expand your knowledge about eating disorder treatment, you may want to join our mailing list to receive announcements regarding professional education events on the Sheppard Pratt campus, including our 1-Day Intensive Professional Symposium. We also have many speakers who can work with you to provide workshops and trainings specific to your organization’s needs.
College Liaison Services
The Center for Eating Disorders has a College Liaison who works exclusively with college and university professionals regarding campus outreach, staff education, campus eating disorder policies, referral assistance and treatment consultation. We also host several networking and educational events for campus professionals involved in eating disorder prevention, education and treatment. Find out more or email our College Liaison.
The medical consequences of eating disorders can be extensive and, if left untreated, may be irreversible. In fact, eating disorders impact the health of every organ system in the body. There are major changes in a person’s brain, heart, GI system, endocrine system, skeleton, and reproductive system. In addition, if an individual is engaging in bulimic behavior, there can be electrolyte disturbances that have the potential to be lethal. These medical consequences highlight the need for collaboration between primary care physicians, psychiatrists, therapists and all involved medical specialists. Regular consistent weigh-ins, ongoing monitoring of vital signs and lab work, annual bone density scans, and regular dental exams are all part of helping individuals with eating disorders sustain health and well-being. We recommend the following articles for further reading on the medical management of eating disorders:
- Eating Disorders: A Guide to Medical Care (AED Report 2016, 3rd Edition) by the Academy for Eating Disorders
- Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Eating Disorders by James Lock, MD, PhD, AND Maria C. La Via, MD, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Committee on Quality Issues (CQI)
- Additional professional resources are available on our Resources page
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If you are looking for information about specific eating disorders you can visit the Eating Disorder Information section of our website.