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Eating Disorders: Family and Friends Education and Support Group
Sep 8, 2022
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.
We are continuing with virtual Zoom meetings on the 2nd and 4th Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30pm.
To receive a link to join a meeting, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 22 – Open discussion and sharing
January 12, 2023 – We welcome Joy Guthrie, Registered Dietician, who has worked with those struggling with an eating disorder. She will add to our knowledge about nutrition, share strategies and respond to our questions. Check her website at www.joynutrition.health
January 26, 2023 – Meeting cancelled
February 8 (Wednesday) – We encourage you to join the free virtual FACES of Recovery event (7:00 to 8:30), organized annually by the Waterloo Wellington Eating Disorders Coalition to recognize Eating Disorders Awareness Week. A panel of individuals will share stories of their recovery journey. The link to register for this event is: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/faces-of-recovery-2023-tickets-510972862587
February 9 – Meeting cancelled
February 23 – Open discussion and sharing
March 9 – Our guest presenter will be individual and family therapist Candy MacNeil (MSc), a very experienced and much sought-after clinician. Earlier Candy worked at Homewood’s Eating Disorders Treatment program but for the last several years has had a private practice based in Guelph. Her website has a wealth of information – www.whatseatingyou.com You will not want to miss her presentation.
March 23 – Open discussion and sharing
April 13 – We again welcome Christina Hyland (She/Her) PhD, MSW, RHN, EDIT. Her website is www.gutinstinctsnutrition.ca Along with her own personal healing from an ED, she is currently a therapist in the ED field. We hope to hear more about the helpfulness of ‘experiential healing’ as an important component beyond ‘intellectual learning’ in recovery from an ED.
April 27 – Open discussion and sharing
May, June – Bimonthly meetings continue; guest presenters tba.
We have started a YouTube channel to provide clients with tips for staying on track with recovery through these unprecedented times: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKztylT8IWPK4mFVk55koUQ
Here are some resources from around the globe that may be helpful in maintaining you eating disorder recovery journey through the COVID-19 pandemic:
The Butterfly Foundation:
This is an Australian website with helpful ideas about dealing with an eating disorder in the midst of COVID-19
Beat Eating Disorders:
This charity from the UK has additional information about managing an eating disorder through COVID-19
This Hamilton-based charitable organization is offering online education and support groups for a minimal cost
National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC):
Canada’s support service with headquarters in Toronto is posting links to many helpful resources. They also offer a Helpline Monday to Friday: 1-866-NEDIC-20
Emotion-Focused Family Therapy:
This website includes resources for parents supporting a loved one with an eating disorder which are particularly helpful with learning communication skills in these difficult, emotion-filled times.
Skill-based Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder: The New Maudsley Method, Second Edition, 2017 by Dr. Janet Treasure
This book is full of many practical suggestions for helping a loved one who is struggling with an eating disorder.