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
Family and Friends Support Group Meetings 2017
January 12 – Candy MacNeil, MS, well-respected Guelph-based therapist specializing in eating disorders, will return to offer her expertise and experience. Candy stresses the key importance of the family as a resource in recovery. Topic TBA but will include reference to current research on brain plasticity and its implications for treatment. For more information, go to Candy’s website at www.whatseatingyou.com
January 26 – Open discussion and sharing
January 28 – Healing is Possible: A Life Process Transformation Workshop – Please join Elisha Van Harte, MSW RSW, and Janet Lovegrove, Reg. Nurse, MSc,. CPMHN, as they present options for healing from eating disorders and other mental health concerns. Elisha and Janet will share their stories about how they healed from their own eating disorders as well as anxiety, depression, and PTSD, and now help others to do the same. Drawing from content in the Life Process Transformation™ Program workbook, they will also present self-awareness exercises that encourage honest self-examination, quieting the mind, and nurturing the inner self. There is no cost to attend. Please click here to register.
February 9 – Note: This meeting is during Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW). Guest presenter will be Cathie Miller, Nurse Practitioner with the Waterloo Wellington Eating Disorders Treatment Program at CMHA (OHIP-funded). Cathie can highlight medical concerns she assesses and helps to treat as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Please bring your questions.
February 23 – Open discussion and sharing
March 9 – 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.
March 23 – Open discussion and sharing.
April 13 – Open discussion and sharing; included will be information on ‘Safe Talk’ training as an initial step towards suicide prevention.
April 27 – Guest presenter will be Samantha Durfy, MSW, 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.
May 11 and 25 – At one of these meetings we welcome Karen McGratten, Therapist with Juniper Roots in Guelph. Karen specializes in eating disorders and also runs groups relating to body image, healthy eating, etc. Karen is also the author of a graphic novel series about developing and recovering from an eating disorder.
June 8 – Open discussion and sharing
June 22 – Joining us will be therapist Allison Elliott, MSW, formerly with Homewood’s Eating Disorders Program and currently in private practice. Allison has several years of experience working with clients struggling with body image and eating disorders, including as a past-manager of Danielle’s Place, a Support Centre in the Oakville area for those affected by eating disorders. Allison will focus on how to maintain a healthy body image and a healthy self-esteem in our weight-obsessed culture.
July 13 – Open discussion and sharing
July 27 – No meeting
August 10 – No meeting
August 24 – Open discussion and sharing
September 14 – We welcome 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.
September 28 – CANCELLED. Please attend the Faces of Recovery event from 7-9pm on September 29th at the Guelph Youth Music Centre, 75 Cardigan Street, Guelph; sponsored by the Waterloo-Wellington Eating Disorders Coalition, the event features a panel discussion with individuals on the road to recovery from an eating disorder, as well as family members who have supported their journeys. Free admission, donations welcome; for more information, please visit: www.eatingdisorderscoalition.ca.
October 12 – Our guest speaker will be Gosia Jurgiel, who will share the story of her own experience with eating disorders and the healing suggestions she has embraced.
October 26 – Open discussion and sharing
November 9 – Candy MacNeil, MS, a Guelph-based therapist specializing in eating disorders will again join us 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. Specific topic TBA. For more information, go to Candy’s website at www.whatseatingyou.com.
November 23 – Open discussion and sharing
December 14 – Open discussion and sharing with a particular focus on the added stress of holiday mealtimes