For Parents & Families

McCallum Place is pleased to offer the following programs to our patients’ loved ones as a means of support and education. We recommend that all families and loved ones participate. We value the important role our patients’ support systems have in the treatment process, and encourage loved ones to partner with our clinical team in becoming part of the solution. We recognize higher recovery rates are often associated with providing loved ones with the support and education they need to be part of the recovery process. We also know that treatment works best when the family is involved. We have specifically designed the following family programs because we believe loved ones are a great source of support for those who are struggling with an eating disorder.

Family Sessions

Families of adult patients are strongly encouraged to meet with the patient’s clinical team on a regular basis. Please call or email the patient’s assigned therapist and assigned psychiatrist to schedule your family sessions in advance.

All families of minors (patients under the age of 18 years old) will have weekly family sessions. This session can be facilitated in a mode that best meets a particular family’s needs (e.g., via phone, or shorter sessions of 30 minutes, etc.).

Multifamily Weekly Support Group

McCallum Place offers a weekly Monday evening multifamily group at both the St. Louis, Missouri and Austin, Texas locations. There is no need to RSVP; however, if you would like to participate via phone conference, please contact our office.

McCallum Place St. Louis

  • Day: Monday
  • Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm
  • Location: McCallum Place Conference Room
  • 231 W. Lockwood Ave., Kirkwood, MO 63119
  • 314-968-1900

McCallum Place Austin

  • Day: Monday
  • Time: 6:00pm—7:00pm
  • Location: McCallum Place Austin
  • 4613 Bee Caves Rd, West Lake Hills, TX 78746
  • 512-732-2400

Family Day

Maintaining the emphasis on the importance of family involvement, McCallum Place offers Family Days, a comprehensive set of six distinct curricula for family, friends, and significant support persons of McCallum Place patients. Each Family Day focuses on how to practically and effectively help family members best support their loved ones by looking at medical complications, research, communication strategies, resources, practical tools, and support with the time and resources families invest in eating disorder treatment.

McCallum Place St. Louis Family Day is held at our Therapy Suite, located at 231 W. Lockwood Ave, Ste. 201 in Webster Groves, on the second Saturday of every month from 8:00am – 3:00pm. Continental breakfast is provided. Reservations are strongly encouraged to help us plan for attendance, call us at 314-968-1900.

McCallum Place Austin Family Day is held at our Therapy Suite, located at 4613 Bee Caves Rd, West Lake Hills, TX 78746, from 9:30am – 4:00pm. Continental breakfast is provided. Reservations are strongly encouraged to help us plan for attendance, call us at 512-732-2400.

Family Skills: Topics for Focus in Therapeutic Work with Families Struggling with Eating Disorders

  • Become familiar with individual core struggles
  • Understand the mindset behind eating disorders and the function of behaviors
  • Recognize common internal struggles that interfere with recovery
  • Recognize the “hungry brain” and how it complicates treatment
  • Learn to cope with body image distortion
  • Model and embrace healthy eating, while also understanding the special nutritional needs of recovery
  • Learn about the role of exercise in illness and recovery
  • Be mindful of developmental concerns
  • Expect and learn to adjust to varying levels of motivation
  • Get real… know what causes eating disorders, learn to debunk myths
  • Break the silence, identify vulnerabilities that exist within the family
  • Understand temperamental risk factors
  • Create a protective family culture; be aware of how our culture can be toxic
  • Identify boundary struggles; learn how to develop healthy boundaries
  • Learn key components of treatment
  • Learn when to step in and when to step back
  • Learn to move towards responses with emotional balance
  • Commit to self care
  • Consider Family Based Treatment or Family Therapy
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