Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Expressive Therapy, the Brain and Eating Disorder Recovery, Part 2

by Caroline Leibman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC

Three types of expressive therapy we utilize for treating eating disorders include Dance/Movement Therapy, Authentic Movement, and Psychodrama groups. As we discussed in the last blog post, these offer unique benefits to the brain which are essential to recovery from an eating disorder. What follows is description of each expressive therapy as used in a group setting as well as the benefits these groups currently offer our patients in their recovery process.

Dance/Movement Therapy
Dance/Movement Therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process, which furthers the cognitive, emotional, physical, and social development of the individual. It is founded on the notion that the body and the mind are united, and that by exploring a more varied vocabulary of movement, a patient can become more securely balanced, yet increasingly spontaneous and adaptable. Through movement and dance, a patient’s inner world may be expressed symbolically, and therefore made more tangible. Changes in movement behaviors can lead to changes in the mind, thus promoting health, growth, and recovery. Helping patients to regain a sense of wholeness by experiencing the fundamental unity of the body, mind and spirit is a paramount benefit of Dance/Movement Therapy.

Dance/Movement therapy groups foster an increase in body awareness which includes body parts, body sensations, breath, and a more accurate body image, which is so often thwarted by the eating disorder. A patient engaging in dance/movement therapy can also experience anger, sadness/loss, shame, rage, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, fear, and joy found in the body, previously numbed through eating disordered behaviors.

Dance/Movement therapy invites the re-experiencing of the body as a source of wisdom, joy, and pleasure. This expressive arts therapy offers an opportunity for creative action and response through body action, improvisation, and imagination, so unlike the narrow eating disorder dictates and rules. Dance/Movement therapy facilitates both an enhanced sense of grounding, safety, and strength in the body as well as the experience of relaxation, stress-reduction, and self-care.

Dealing with overwhelming emotions, uncoupling or separating the physical sensations of the affect, (all emotions are rooted in sensations ) and processing those through body sequencing, (which is allowing the sensations to move naturally through and out of the body) allows the patient to experience and integrate them. Utilizing movement so that the physiological arousal can return to a tolerable level will bring about a safer and deeper integration and healing of the emotions. This process occurs very naturally in dance/movement therapy.

In Part 3 of this blog we will look at the role of Authentic Movement and Psychodrama in the treatment of eating disorders and healing the brain.


Caroline Leibman is a board certified dance/movement therapist and a nationally certified counselor who holds an MA in Education from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her graduate work in Dance/Movement Therapy as well as a Professional Diploma in Dance and Movement Studies at the Laban Centre, London, England. She trained in Authentic Movement at the Authentic Movement Institute in Berkeley California, and with Janet Adler, PhD. Caroline offers a blend of verbal and body-oriented therapies integrating Jungian thought, creative arts therapies, mindfulness, and spiritual practices to promote healing. She has a background in working with issues of trauma, eating disorders, depression/loss, and anxiety.