Every stage of life brings exciting challenges as well as problematic obstacles. At BridgeCross, we offer girls and young women a confidential and therapeutic home environment to learn the necessary skills to manage.
BridgeCross began building its team of medical and mental health professionals in 2006. Girls and young women are offered a dedicated staff with specialized experience in Nutrition, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Psychology, Counselling, Psychometry, Social Work and Education.
BridgeCross is an outpatient and intensive residential eating disorder program in Belleville, Ontario, Canada, created specifically to help girls and young women between the ages of 11 and 18 years begin the process of recovery from an eating disorder. The girls live and learn alongside their peers and maintain connection with family and education, while being medically treated and emotionally cared for.
This program aims at fostering self-esteem and a positive self-image in its girls, while helping them with weight restoration and/or stabilization.
BridgeCross is a comprehensive eating disorder program aimed at weight restoration, fostering self-esteem and positive self image in its clients while integrating healthy eating habits and weight restoration and/or stability. The focus is to restore its young clients onto a normal developmental trajectory and arming them with the tools and coping strategies needed to achieve this.
We envision that our clients will be free of the destructive effects of eating disorders and will enjoy healthy life styles and attitudes around work and play, enabling each individual to achieve her full potential.
At BridgeCross we work towards our mission and vision through the following pivotal goals:
- Re-establishment of healthy weight. For anorexics, achievement of at least 90% of ideal body weight;
- Development of healthy eating habits;
- Development of active life style with appropriate physical activity;
- Development of positive body image; and
- Development of strong sense of self and self-esteem.
In 1999, Mr. Jeffrey J. Waplak joined with Terry Stevenson to form Stevenson, Waplak & Associates. Stevenson, Waplak & Associates is a team of mental health professionals. Clients are offered a dedicated staff with specialized experience and designation in Psychiatry, Psychology, Counseling, Psychometry and Social Work. Stevenson, Waplak & Associates now provides services to more than 200 clients per year.
In 1999, Stevenson, Waplak & Associates‘ expertise in residential treatment was partnered with the residential management skills of Mr. Michael Schmidt to form Quinte Children’s Homes. Quinte Children’s Homes fashioned their program so that both primary care and treatment were delivered through Parent Therapists. Now, Quinte Children’s Homes helps more than 80 Children and Youth per year through its network of 35 Parent Therapy Foster Homes.
In 2002, Quinte Children’s Homes and Stevenson, Waplak & Associates developed a specialized Day Treatment Program and a partnership was created with Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning, to provide educational and day treatment services to clients unable to attend community schools. Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning now helps 20 to 30 children per school year to continue learning, while offering a treatment plan that addresses their emotional and behavioural problems, and charts a path for their return to community school.
In 2007, BridgeCross Residential and Outpatient Treatment Centre for Eating Disorders was developed in partnership with the clinical expertise of Stevenson, Waplak & Associates, the residential treatment expertise of Quinte Children’s Homes, and the educational expertise of Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning. It now provides residential treatment for 8 girls and young women in need of weight restoration and stabilization.