The Importance of Clinical Partnerships in the Selah Journey


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Eating disorders are a multi-faceted psychological condition that requires an extensive network of treatment professionals for sustained recovery. Researching treatment providers can be an emotionally difficult time, and at Selah House, it is important for us to provide stability for clients and loved ones in need. There may be times when someone may need treatment; however, the level of care offered at Selah House may not be the most appropriate fit. We, at Selah House, believe that the development and maintenance of clinical partnerships and the constant communication with them provides the proper continuum of care for potential clients and their loved ones.

Michelle Kalz, National Director of Clinical Partnerships, shares more about these valuable alliances, “Our passion is to build clinical partnerships that help women to discover healing and recovery. We focus on directing each client to the treatment that best serves her needs. Giving each clinical partner a customized communication plan is just one of the many ways to experience the Selah House difference.”

Why are Clinical Partnerships Important?

“As the Regional Director of Clinical Partnerships for Selah House, I value the opportunity of being the first point of contact for all clients, their loved ones, and community providers, as well as ensuring that all involved parties receive quality care before, during, and after their experience with Selah House. My role with Selah House is distinct in the fact that I can form close professional relationships with providers in which I believe would be a good fit for clients who need continuing care coordination and services in which Selah House would not be the most appropriate treatment setting. Personally, and professionally, I believe that partnership and collaboration are the key components to excellent coordination of care for our clients throughout the referral, admission, and continuing care processes,” says Ashley Hemrich.

Growing these unique clinical partnerships with other treatment facilities, private practice professionals, interventionists, and educational consultants has been a contributing factor to our success. These partnerships play a crucial role in the Selah Journey which begins with the admissions process, at which point we can determine the appropriate level of care for clients.

Alycia Aldieri, National Director of Eating Disorder Admission, says, “If individuals are not able to admit to Selah House, we still hold high regard in getting them to qualified professionals who are not only the appropriate fit but genuinely care for their clients, as we do.”

Why Selah House?

We are proud of our focus on the higher levels of care and our clear step-down process for clients as they return home for treatment. Our individualized treatment program ranges from intensive hospitalization to semi-structured programming for sustained recovery. Our customized treatment plan and level of care is based on client need and offers comprehensive, clinical excellence that contributes to overall health and well-being.

Finding treatment placement can be quite challenging and overwhelming for clients, loved ones, and professional referrals. Due to the complexity and seriousness of eating disorders, many clinicians (therapists, dietitians, physicians, etc.) may not be highly trained or skilled in the treatment of eating disorders, which also increases the difficulty of finding the most appropriate treatment provider. We, at Selah House, find that the collaboration between our network of treatment professionals is quite critical, which is why we are intentional in forming close, professional relationships with our clinical partners.

Jessica Ward, Director of Therapeutic Services, says “When someone comes to Selah House, who already has clinicians they’ve been working with, we want to make the transition to and from Selah as easy as possible.  We are happy to collaborate with their previous team so we can have as much information as possible to work on the important things for a client’s healing as quickly as possible.  We also want clients to have a good transition from Selah House to a lower level of care when they discharge, so we will help them find an outpatient team or IOP and collaborate with those team members.  Sometimes, that even includes a joint session or conference call with the client, Selah provider, and outpatient provider, so everyone is on the same page.”

The vital work between Selah House and our clinical partners provides a path for continued healing for both the client and her family. “The solidity of the recovery experienced by our shared patients requires a high level of collaboration and calibration.  Selah House seeks active partnerships with the referring community to provide clinically excellent care for patients that are requiring step-ups or step-downs in their care,” adds Amos Taylor, Selah House CEO.

We believe we have a responsibility to provide the necessary therapeutic techniques to empower sustainable freedom from an eating disorder. Working with clinical partners, allows us to offer an evidence-based approach that meets the medical, nutritional, psychological, spiritual, social, and emotional needs of each client.


“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.”

– Romans 12:10 (NKJV)



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