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).
April 11 – We are very fortunate to have Janet Lovegrove RN, BSCN, MSC (www.Janetlovegrove.com) return to share the program / stories of several therapists / colleagues who have experienced healing from their ED. Janet successfully uses the Life Process Transformation program developed by Viola Fodor (ED therapist and author of Desperately Seeking Self). This program gives another option to help your loved one through the challenging ED journey to reach the goal of being the best person they were intended to be. Healing is possible!
April 25 – Open discussion and sharing
May 9 – Open discussion and sharing
May 23 – Our guest presenter will be Dr. Mengran Xu, a Clinical Psychologist with Counseling Services at the University of Waterloo. Mengran has worked in both inpatient and outpatient eating disorders treatment programs and currently provides short-term supports for a variety of students including those struggling with eating disorders.
June 13 – We welcome back a much respected therapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, Samantha Durfy. Samantha is a Social Worker who formerly worked with Homewood’s Inpatient Eating Disorders program and who currently works at the University of Guelph along with having a private practice. Samantha is exceptionally skilled in building relationships and stimulating change with clients. Her topic will be Compassion Fatigue.
June 27 – Barbara Arthur who recently attended the NEDIC conference in Toronto will outline the helpfulness of using strategies from Solution Focused Therapy to support our loved ones. This therapy draws out positive actions and builds energy towards taking small steps towards recovery.
July 25 – Open discussion and sharing
August 22 – We welcome Tria Loewen, a parent and facilitator of a Support Group for families in the Hamilton area. Tria will share how and why she started this Support Group when her daughter was struggling with an eating disorder. She will also give us a preview of her future plans to provide a series of training sessions based on Janet Treasure’s approach to working with families – check out Treasure’s recently updated version of her 2008 book, Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder.