Part Two: An Inside Look Into Treatment at Clementine

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Dr. Lauren Ozbolt, MD, CEDS, FAPA is a board certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who specializes in the evidence-based treatment of mood, anxiety and eating disorders. She currently serves as the Medical Director for Monte Nido & Affiliates. In part two of her series, Dr. Ozbolt continues to share an inside look into a day in treatment at Clementine adolescent treatment programs.

While our adolescents are quite busy in programming throughout the day, we also recognize the need and benefit of appropriately scheduled breaks and downtime. Downtime is often difficult for our adolescents in that unstructured time allows the eating disorder thoughts more freedom. At Clementine, downtime is interspersed with opportunities for relationship building, recreational time and fun. Our recovery coaches are no strangers to fun and it is not unusual to see them engaged with the girls in an intense game of banana-grams or an elaborate art project.

 One aspect unique to Clementine is our use of a multi-dimensional Level System. Upon admission, adolescents are assigned to Level I, which corresponds with certain goals, assignments, challenges and privileges. When these goals and challenges are met (determined by the treatment team and milieu), then the adolescent advances to the next level of challenges and privileges. By using this system, the adolescent, parents and treatment team are all clear about the client’s progression in treatment. This eliminates uncertainty on the part of the adolescent, fosters mastery and facilitates trust.

After a full day of clinical programing, meal support and countless opportunities to practice recovery-oriented choices, adolescents are ready for bed. Recovery coaches are present to support bedtime routines and prepare for lights out. Recognizing that separation from parents and loved ones can be difficult for adolescents, Clementine staff are there to comfort and encourage. It is only at night, when your daughter feels safe, supported and loved that our job for the day is complete. It is perhaps in these quiet moments, that the beauty of the Clementine program is most visible.

 

We are exited to share the opening of Clementine Malibu Lake. Learn more about the program by visiting our website or calling an Admissions Specialist at 855.900.2221.

For more information about Clementine adolescent treatment programs, please call 855.900.2221, visit our websitesubscribe to our blog, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Our Clementine Family: Ingrid Senalle

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Ingrid SenalleClementine South Miami Recovery Coach Ingrid Senalle, LPN shares her personal journey to joining the Clementine Family, as well as an inside look into the treatment center. Learn more about Ingrid and Clementine adolescent treatment program by reading this weeks “Our Clementine Family”…

What is your name and what are your credentials?

My name is Ingrid Senalle, I am a Licensed Practical Nurse/Recovery Coach. My role as “RC” at Clementine South Miami (SoMi), began on March 2016.

Please give us a brief description of your background.

Miami has been my home since birth, I attended nursing school at MedVance Medical Institute and attained my diploma in Practical Nursing in August of 2012, I have been licensed with the state of Florida since 2013. My nursing career has always been focused on work with adolescent clients, prior to Clementine, I was a school nurse working with special needs high school students. My passion for working with eating disorder patients began when my older brother developed a severe case of Anorexia Nervosa, our entire family was devastated, at the time I was only 14 years old and watched him go through hospitalization after hospitalization. The eating disorder in him got worse before it got better, he was in a wheelchair with barely any strength at all, at my young age I researched as much as I could on eating disorders to help get him out of his poor state. Luckily, with an amazing family and medical team he was able to recover over the course of a year and a half. It was then that I developed a passion for a future career in knowing further about eating disorders and helping children and adolescents with severe eating disorders and/or special needs.

What does a typical day look like for you at Clementine?

A typical day for me consists of making sure our clients are safe, as safety if the number one priority,  and making sure all of our girls are in tune with what goals need to be achieved to meet their needs. Our clients rely on us for everything, whether it be emotional support to what is portioned for them to eat, my job is a vital role in the process of recovery.

In your own words, please describe the philosophy of Clementine.

Clementine is a program that prioritizes the needs of our clients, helping clients get in tune with their hunger/fullness cues and to normalize the act of eating without judgement.

How does your team work together? How do your roles overlap and differ?

Teamwork is such a vital part of the Clementine program, our team works together in every aspect, communication is a big part of our work together. Communicating information on a day to day basis on each client, helps us stay on the same page with each individual client and their specific needs. Clementine is one big family, we all have different tasks to complete daily, but never hesitate to help even with things out of our normal routine. We all watch out for one another and have found that it helps maintain our warm, friendly and reliable atmosphere.

What is your favorite thing about Clementine?

My favorite thing about Clementine, would have to be the ability to help our clients in so many different way, we are given so much to work with, it is very satisfactory to see the positive progress that our clients make from start to finish. Clementine is a great place to work, the staff is also one of my favorite things, everyone is great to work with. The opportunity for growth within the company, this is a job that I get excited for in the morning!

What are three facts about you that people do not know?

1.      I’m terrified of dark water and what may lie beneath!

2.      I never learned to ride a bicycle.

3.      I have never seen snow in person.

For more information about Clementine adolescent treatment programs, please call 855.900.2221, visit our websitesubscribe to our blog, and connect with us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

To visit or tour a Clementine location with one of our clinical leaders, please reach out to a Clementine Admissions Specialist at 855.900.2221.


Seven Key Developmental Needs Series: Self-Definition

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Senior Director of East Coast Clinical Programming Melissa McLain, PhD, CEDS will be sharing about the seven key developmental needs for adolescents throughout a blog series. In her writing, Dr. McLain explains the first key, self-definition, and how Clementine supports the adolescent throughout her recovery journey in learning and defining her sense of self.

Adolescence has been referred to as a period of “storm and strife”. However, at Clementine, we would prefer it to be one of growth and perspective. Within that, we understand that there are key developmental needs that are extremely important to be mindful of, and sensitive to, during this pivotal period. In fact, the Center for Early Adolescence has defined these needs as the following: Self-Definition, Meaningful Participation, Competence, Creative Expression, Physical Activity, Social Interactions and Structure. To clarify how Clementine programs meet these seven needs I’ll be doing a series of blog posts on each one. We’ll start today with self-definition.

One of the seven essential developmental needs of an adolescent is that of “self-definition”. Well that makes sense, doesn’t it? As we know, adolescents are working hard to observe the world and their place in it. Throughout adolescence they have an ever-emerging understanding of their individual identity. Whether or not an adolescent has an eating disorder, we must acknowledge that this process goes hand in hand with puberty- which means an adolescent is getting to know their “self” just as their body is changing in new and unknown ways.

When an eating disorder is present in adolescence this process of self-definition becomes even more challenging. An eating disorder can quickly become the strongest “identity” for a teen. It may be more comfortable to be known as the “thinnest person in the room” rather than the complex parts that make up their self. Many of our teens discuss how scary it can be to move away from their eating disorder when it has played a central role in their identity.

However, the advantage of adolescence is that it is also a time of great flexibility. We have seen so many adolescents come to Clementine and work hard to redefine their fledgling sense of self. The true gift of recovery is a new self-identity free from the eating disorder. When a teen can understand and embrace their “healthy self”, it allows them to also develop hope and excitement for their future and what their new identity, and new body, will provide for them along the way.

For more information about Clementine adolescent treatment programs, please call 855.900.2221, visit our websitesubscribe to our blog, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

To visit or tour a Clementine locations with one of our clinical leaders please reach out to a Clementine Admissions Specialist at 855.900.2221.