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
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 – Meetings continue every 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. Check this website for future updates.