In 2011, as CEO and President, Stacie co-founded Veritas Collaborative, a Specialty Hospital System for the Treatment of Eating Disorders with Jeff Clark and Chase Bannister. Veritas was founded on a vision of a world in which all persons with eating disorders, and their families, have access to best-practice care and hold hope for a cure. She is committed to driving the standard of care in eating disorders treatment through a collaborative community so individuals and families can thrive.
Today, Veritas Collaborative is a National Healthcare System for the Treatment of Eating Disorders and has served over 2500 male, female, and other-gendered patients and their families. Veritas has filled a vital gap in services through the creation of a full continuum of care in the following 6 locations:
- Child and Adolescent Hospital, Durham, North Carolina
Adult Hospital, Durham, North Carolina
Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia
Child, Adolescent & Adult Center, Richmond, Virginia
Child, Adolescent & Young Adult Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
Veritas Collaborative Hospitals provide Inpatient, Residential, and Partial Hospitalization with both medical and psychiatric services. Centers provide Medical Assessment Clinics, Partial Hospitalization (PHP), Outpatient & Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Services.
In 2006, under CRC Health Group, Stacie Founded Carolina House, a well-respected residential eating disorder treatment center for adults, located in Durham, North Carolina.
Stacie joined the Duke University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) in 1998 as the Founder and Coordinator of Duke’s Eating and Body Image Concerns Treatment Team, concomitant with her work at The Duke Center for Eating Disorders, an outpatient program at Duke University Medical Center.
Having specialized in the treatment of eating disorders since 1991, Stacie served on the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) Board of Directors from 2014 – 2017, and served as co-chair for iaedp’s Certification Committee from 2004 – 2011. She is also a founding member of the Residential Eating Disorders Consortium (REDC).
Presentation Tail-Waggin’ Treatment: The Role of Certified Therapy Dogs in Recovery
There is something magical about the connection between people and dogs. A dog’s contagious joy and unconditional love make a wonderful addition to any therapy program. The physical and emotional struggles that often accompany eating disorders can seem overwhelming for our patients and family members, and therapy dogs are incredibly valuable in easing that pain and worry,
Trained and certified therapy dogs who are engaging in Animal-Assisted Therapy help in diffusing family conflict, decreasing the tension and anxiety associated with therapeutic challenges, helping with group engagement, entertaining a visiting younger sibling or child, and increasing a patient’s endorphins (good feelings) to balance negative emotions.
This dinner presentation will focus on the data behind therapy dog engagement, real family and patient stories with therapy dogs, and therapy dog demonstrations. Our furry friends will make an appearance throughout the presentation.