Typical Day in the Victory Program for Athletes

Knowing what to expect can help make the transition to a residential program for eating disorder recovery a little less daunting. The caring and compassionate staff at McCallum Place will do everything we can to make your stay at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri, as comfortable and successful as possible.

Typical Day in the Victory Program

What to expect during a typical day in the Victory Program at McCallum Place in St. Louis, MO

When you or someone you love starts the Victory Program at McCallum Place, you will receive a welcome letter and a handbook that will guide you through your time at our facility. However, this is not your only resource for information on the Victory Program or our center in St. Louis, Missouri. We encourage you to ask our staff any questions you might have throughout your stay at McCallum Place.

Each day, you or your loved one will experience multiple group therapy sessions that focus on sports nutrition, sports psychology, and body image for athletes. You will also engage in various experiential therapies on a daily basis, such as music therapy, art therapy, movement and dance therapy, and yoga.

You or your loved one will also have daily contact with nurses and ongoing contact with our family medicine physicians depending on your specific medical needs. If your individualized care plan includes medication management services, you will meet weekly with a nurse to discuss your medication needs. You will also meet with your primary therapist three times a week for individual therapy sessions and once a week for family therapy sessions.

Each individual’s schedule and the interventions they experience at McCallum Place can vary based on the personalized plan developed by their care team. Our staff will work closely with you to ensure that your experience at our center in St. Louis, Missouri, meets your specific recovery needs and athletic goals so that you can successfully return to your life and sport.

What You Can Bring

What clothing and personal items to bring to the Victory Program at McCallum Place in St. Louis, MO

When individuals come to McCallum Place to seek help for eating disorders, one of the most common questions we receive is what to bring to our facility.

We encourage you or your loved one to bring two weeks’ worth of clothing to wear during your time in the Victory Program. We have laundry services on-site at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri, so you will be able to care for your clothing during your stay at McCallum Place.

Many athletes bring personal items, such as journals, art supplies, and books, to enjoy during their free time. However, we ask that you do not bring any items that would be detrimental to your healing or the healing of others, including:

  • Diet pills
  • Laxatives
  • Fitness magazines
  • Exercise equipment
  • Food or drink items

Before you or your loved one is admitted to the Victory Program, you will receive a welcome letter that includes general guidelines on what you can bring with you to McCallum Place. You will also receive a detailed handbook with more specific guidelines on clothing and personal items.

Who You Will Work With

Learn about the staff you will work with in the Victory Program at McCallum Place in St. Louis, MO

The staff members who lead the Victory Program are experts in helping athletes overcome their battles with eating disorders. Each day, you or your loved one will benefit from individual sessions with professionals who are highly experienced in helping athletes reach their goals in a healthy manner.

During your daily programming, you or your loved one will work with a sport psychologist who will help you heal from any mental health challenges that have created barriers to your recovery. They will also help you address any concerns you might have about your athletic performance and help you communicate with any relevant sport personnel.

The therapists at McCallum Place use a variety of treatment modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), to help athletes change harmful thoughts and behaviors that contribute to disordered eating patterns.

Each day, you will also work with our sports dietitians, who will help you learn about your body’s optimal nutritional needs to heal from the eating disorder you are suffering from so that you can get back to training and competing. And our strength and conditioning coaches will work with you or your loved one daily on a therapeutic physical training plan that safely gets you back to a place where you can start preparing for reentry into competitive life.

At our facility in St. Louis, Missouri, you’ll spend each day working with staff members who specialize in understanding the challenges of being an athlete who is struggling with an eating disorder. When athletes turn to McCallum Place to heal from eating disorders, they benefit from a residential program designed specifically for their unique performance needs.

I had not found a therapist who 'got it' until I came to McCallum place.

– ES, age 26
Marks of Quality Care
  • Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa
  • International Association Of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP)
  • National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
  • National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
  • RenewED, Eating Disorders Support
  • Residential Eating Disorders Consortium
  • Washington University in St. Louis