A place to share or just to listen – in a non-judgmental atmosphere – with people who have experiences helping a loved one recover from an eating disorder. This mutual aid group provides: support and encouragement; information on how and where to get help; insights on books and electronic media; special guest speakers such as therapists and dietitians; and suggestions about how to take care of yourself while helping your loved one.
Regular Meetings: 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at CMHA WW, 130 Weber St. West (at Breithaupt Street) Suite 201, Kitchener. Enter from back parking lot to take elevator to 2nd floor.
Family and Friends Support Group Meetings 2017-18
September 14 (’17) – We welcomed Amanda Raffoul, MSc, currently a PhD student at the School of Public Health, University of Waterloo. Amanda’s focus will include weight bias, body image issues, and myths surrounding weight and health.
October 12 (’17) – Guest speaker Gosia Jurgiel shared the story of her own experience with eating disorders and the healing suggestions she has embraced.
October 26 (’17) – Open discussion and sharing
November 9 (’17) – Candy MacNeil, MS, a Guelph-based therapist specializing in eating disorders joined to share her expertise and experience; Candy is a sought-after therapist and speaker who will stimulate our thinking and offer insights into the struggles and pathways to recovery. For more information, go to Candy’s website at www.whatseatingyou.com.
November 23 (’17) – Open discussion and sharing
December 14 (’17) – Open discussion and sharing with a particular focus on the added stress of holiday mealtimes
January 11 – Open discussion and sharing, including debriefing of the holiday stress related to eating disorders
January 25 – We welcome guest speakers Stacey Reinsma and Jenna Matisz, therapists with CMHA. Stacey has recently run Binge Eating Disorder treatment groups and Jenna has facilitated groups using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). They will discuss their approaches and strategies that are helpful when working with these groups.
February 8 – We are fortunate to have Catherine Miller, Nurse Practitioner with CMHA’s Eating Disorder Treatment Program, as guest presenter. Catherine will outline her evolving role and learnings over the past few years as part of the multi-disciplinary team supporting the variety of eating disorders clients at CMHA.
February 22 – Presentation by parents of a daughter who has struggled with an eating disorder; these parents shared their story at a Faces of Recovery panel event in Guelph in September of last year and offered some inspiring, compassionate ways of supporting their daughter and each other.
March 8 – Open discussion and sharing
March 23 – We are pleased to again welcome Candy MacNeil, MS, a much-respected therapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. Specific topic TBA. For more information about Candy’s approach, go to Candy’s website at www.whatseatingyou.com.
April 12 – Guest presenter will be Marg Notar, MSW, faculty member at WLU’s Social Work Program and therapist in private practice. Marg has an extensive background that includes having started the Eating Disorders Awareness Coalition in Waterloo County and having organized numerous professional development conferences related to eating disorders. She will share her current passion about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and how it heals in such caring ways.
April 26 – Open discussion and sharing
May 10 – Open discussion and sharing
May 24 – We are fortunate to once again have Samantha Durfy join us; Samantha is a registered social worker, formerly with the Eating Disorders Program at Homewood and currently with the University of Guelph as well as in private practice. Samantha has a wealth of information and experience specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, and she is a much sought-after therapist.
June 14 or 28 – At one of these meetings Jen Scarborough, MSW at CMHA’s Eating Disorders Treatment Program, will share what she has been learning through experience and through her current research at WLU as a doctoral student; Jen’s focus is the important role of family in treating eating disorders.