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 2018 – 2019
September 13 – Open discussion and sharing
September 27 – We welcome guest speaker Ashley Skinner, MSW, Child and Adolescent Clinician with CMHA’s Eating Disorders Treatment Program. Ashley has particular expertise with Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) and with supporting families who are working on implementing FBT (Maudsley family-based therapy) for their loved one.
October 11 – We are fortunate to again have Janet Lovegrove, RN, MSc, as our guest presenter and she will be joined by Psychotherapist Katie Dunnigan, MA (Adler University, Chicago). You can check Katie’s website at www.katiedunnigan.com Both presenters have completed Viola Fodor’s Life Transformation Process and have used it successfully in their separate practices.
October 25 – Open discussion and sharing
November 8 –. We will be joined by Elle Wadsworth, a University of Waterloo student who has recently come from England where she also was in therapy recovering from an eating disorder. She is energetic and positive about helping others move towards recovery and is wanting to organize a support group for those struggling. She has generously agreed to share her story.
November 22 – Open discussion and sharing
December 13 – Our guest will be Therese Kenny, a candidate in the graduate Clinical Psychology program at University of Guelph, who has a special interest in treating eating disorders having herself recovered from one. She will share her story as well as discuss the particular challenges of holidays and their associated stresses including meal times.
January 10 – Open discussion and sharing
January 24 – Our guest presenter will be Candy MacNeil, a highly respected therapist in private practice in Guelph. Candy encourages family involvement in therapy and brings a wealth of skill and experience in supporting those struggling with an eating disorder. Check her website at www.whatseatingyou.com for further information.
Friday February 8 – We encourage attendance at Faces of Recovery, an annual panel discussion during Eating Disorders Awareness Week with individuals sharing their stories of moving into recovery; family members perspective will be included on the panel. Location is the Guelph Youth Music Centre, 75 Cardigan Street. 7:00 pm
February 14 – Meeting cancelled.
February 28 – We are fortunate to have Lindzie O’Reilly, Dietician, join us to discuss her approach to coaching individuals and groups struggling with eating disorders and working towards ‘normalized eating’. Lindzie works at the University of Guelph as well as in private practice in Guelph.
March 14 – Open discussion and sharing
March 28 – We welcome guest presenters Stephanie Brien and Katrina Messina, both Social Workers with Homewood’s inpatient Eating Disorders Program. They will share updates about the program and describe key treatment approaches, including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).