As Castlewood continues to expand, we pause to reflect on the development of Castlewood Treatment Centers. Over the past 12 years, Castlewood has developed from a handful of staff with one residential house to where it is today with two thriving residential homes, a brand new Day Treatment house, Step Down apartments, and 75 staff members. As Theresa Chesnut, LCSW one of Castlewood’s dedicated therapists shared in a recent blog post as she reflected on how all of this transpired, “I know how it happened – it wasn’t effortless at all. It has been under the leadership of Mark Schwartz, Lori Galperin and Nancy Albus and the countless hours of dedication from every other staff member. From those who have been with us a REALLY long time to those who have recently joined us the past couple of years as we have continued to thrive and continue to create a truly healing, life transforming place to recover.”
As this expansion has developed many people have asked me if it possible to still provide the comprehensive individualized treatment that has come to be associated with Castlewood. The answer- an enthusiastic yes. We continue to have a small well chosen therapeutic community. We have hired additional experienced staff and divided group therapy and meals into smaller groups to provide individual attention. We continue to meet as a treatment team weekly at both residential facilities to collaborate among therapists, psychiatrists, clinical directors, and nutritionists to develop detailed individualized treatment plans for each client. Our clients continue to receive six weekly individual sessions- four with the primary therapist, one with our psychiatrist, and one with the dietitian.
Development of Services
Due to the expansion of facilities we have been able to develop our services. Our staff have cultivated sub-specialties in Binge Eating Disorder, Body Dysmorphia, various expressive therapies, Attachment based psychotherapy, Mindfulness techniques, DBT, EMDR, and trauma resolution therapies. We are now able to provide comprehensive treatment not just for the eating disorder, but for co-occuring anxiety disorders, OCD, and PTSD. We have hired staff who specialize in Anxiety and OCD treatment. They have incorporated assessments for anxiety, exposure and response prevention protocols, as well as individual and group therapy designed specifically for anxiety and OCD.
We have also been able to add an alumni relations staff member who follows up with clients at one month intervals for 6 months post discharge. We are providing more comprehensive discharge planning and follow up care than ever before!
We have been able to develop a stabilization track-This clinical track is designed for clients who admit to our Residential Program and need increased focus on eating disorder or self harm symptom stabilization or who require stabilization of PTSD symptoms before they can fully take advantage of our regular programming. This track is also available for clients who are struggling with relapsing symptoms after admission into Step Down or Day Treatment levels of care.
We provide FREE housing for both of PHP programs- Day Treatment and Step Down. Clients with no residential insurance benefits and who do not need overnight supervision, can come to Castlewood, participate in our full day treatment program and have free housing just up the hill from Castlewood II in our new Day Treatment House. Clienst who complete our residential program and need transitional living while they practice new life skills, and continue in therapy in our step down program can live in our step down apartments.
Castlewood has developed our Intensive Outpatient Program- The Eating Disorder Center of Missouri. In July the EDCMO will move into a new facility in Fenton, Missouri. This new 6,000 square foot facility will feature four large group meeting rooms, a state-of –the art kitchen and dining room and multiple offices for therapists, dietitians and staff. The expanding IOP program will include two separate options for clients; one track for Castlewood Treatment Center clients and the other for outpatient clients located in the St. Louis area. The IOP program is also extending its existing services and hours to include Wednesdays from 10am to 2:30pm. In addition to the existing dinner option for clients, a lunch option will be added on Wednesday. A free clinical assessment is available and conducted by a licensed therapist for either outpatient services or for participation in our Intensive Outpatient Program.
In August 2010, The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) awarded to Castlewood Treatment Center a three year full accreditation for Residential Treatment, Day Treatment, Partial Hospitalization, and Intensive Outpatient Treatment. CARF accreditation is your guarantee that Castlewood is committed to a standard of excellence in improving the quality of lives of our clients.
We look forward to the continued development of each of our programs and are proud of our commitment to the recovery process with our clients.