Sessions for parents, clinicians, teachers: anorexia and other eating disorders

I am glad for opportunities to give talks and workshops – it’s a great way of reinforcing concepts that are in my book and which seem to make a difference to people.

“Knowledge base excellent. Great delivery. Great enthusiasm and charisma.”

(Clinician’s feedback from one-day course in Lancaster)

If you’d like to hear me, see if you can come along to any forthcoming events (if there are any they will be listed below). Or organise (or get your healthcare organisation) to organise one. Note that you can also have individual sessions with me, as a parent or as a professional.

Outcomes for parents

If I’m talking to parents I really want to know each and everyone of them will leave with something that will support them practically or emotionally — preferably both.

“If Eva or her ideas had been suggested at the early stages it could have dramatically improved outcomes for our daughter”

Outcomes for clinicians

My intention is for clinicians to gain effectiveness in how they support parents to support their child. Some of that will come from practical how-tos (in particular, how to support meals and how to use compassionate persistence when there is resistance), and some will come from deepening their understanding of what parents and young people experience.

“Excellent advice about how to feed your child”

My one-day course for clinicians and parents

Click here for details of this course.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day and found it extremely valuable in thinking about my work with families, particularly helping reinforce the non-blaming approach.”



Do get in touch if you’d like me to give a talk or a workshop. For a parents’ session that will take me away from home for half a day or so, my fee is around £200 plus expenses.

I can also talk to a group of parents or clinicians by video link – for an hour’s session this is nearly as good as face-to-face and it brings down the effort and cost of travelling.

Feedback on a 2-hour session for parents

“You were utterly terrific and taught me so much at yesterday’s workshop.  Thank you and congratulations. The feedback has been really excellent – not only the formal written feedback but the comments I heard informally. You will have realised that many of us in the audience were already fans of your book and of the online material you have provided. For all of us it was a privilege to meet you in person and even to see you role-playing and improvising in the workshop.” Dr E Jane B Morris, Consultant Psychiatrist, The Eden Unit for eating disorders, Royal Cornhill NHS Hospital, Aberdeen and Chair of the Scottish Eating Disorders Interest Group (SEDIG)



Examples from previous sessions

One-day course for clinicians and parents

Click here for details of this course, along with the enthusiastic feedback and statistics from staff and parents.

Staying power – practical and emotional skills to boost your effectiveness

This was a one-and-a-half workshop for the eating disorders international conference (EDIC), London, organised by BEAT, March 2016. It worked well, was appreciated by both parents and clinicians, and I will do something similar in Dundee on 18 May 2016.

Title: Staying power – practical and emotional skills to boost your effectiveness

Description: Principles and some practice (not compulsory!) to vastly increase your resilience and compassion, communicate mindfully and tune up your skills in supporting your child through meals and other challenges. This session will also be helpful to clinicians.

Compassion on a plate: tools to give your son or daughter powerful support while sustaining yourself

A two-hour session organised by Lothian CAMHS eating disorder service, attended by parents and clinicians (May 2015)


Description: The aim of this practical session is to help you support your son or daughter with effective kindness, while also increasing your wellbeing and resilience. I will demonstrate principles inspired from mindfulness, nonviolent communication, and family-based treatment, using the example of resistance during a meal. You can sit and watch, or you can take part and try out some scenarios. My hope is that you will go home feeling empowered, ready to respond skilfully to your loved one’s needs, and trusting that you have the resources to keep moving forward.

This is aimed mainly at parents but ought to be useful to clinicians too.

Compassion on a plate: tools to give your son or daughter powerful support while sustaining yourself

In this 1 hr 45 session I  was keynote speaker at the SEDIG conference for parents, Feb 2015, Edinburgh.

Feedback from parents: On a scale of one to five, 25 parents rated it five (“Very useful”), 17 rated it four, 2 rated it three, and nobody rated it  two or one (“Not at all useful”)

Eating disorders: the astounding difference a school can make

A half-hour talk to teachers and pastoral staff within an in-service training day of The Boarding Schools Association in March 2015, Edinburgh.

Description: What do we know about prevention of eating disorders? What major role does a school have in early detection and intervention? What are the most helpful, life-changing contributions you can make to support a pupil’s recovery and growth? The shift to evidence-based practice has revolutionised our understanding of the illness and of its treatment, so expect to be surprised.

Part of a day of training led by Nicola Morgan, author of The Teenage Guide to Stress.

From paralysis to power: how you can support parents so they can support their child

A one-hour presentation to CAMHS staff at the first Scottish CAMHS eating disorders conference, March 2015.

Description: Using examples from her own experience as well as other parents’, Eva Musby will describe the issues parents deal with and what they need to move from shock to power. Find out how you can bring out parents’ strengths and make them effective partners in family-based treatment.

From conference feedback form: On a scale of 1 to 5, 24 clinicians rated it five (“Very useful”), 12 rated it four, and nobody rated it three, two or one (“Not at all useful”)




2 Replies to “Events”

  1. I have 17 year old twin daughters, one of whom is anorexic, and the other has developed an eating disorder by insisting on eating exactly the same food and exactly the same amount of food( to the Nth degree)!
    As a result, both girls are intertwined in this strict regime where they restrict.
    It has been almost two years since they were diagnosed, and we are under the CAHMS team, but there is no improvement. In fact, quite the opposite. I can see a steady deterioration of health and I feel totally powerless. I am told that I am the only one who can help them, but as I am battling with both I don’t feel I am strong enough. I have a very good relationship with my girls and I don’t want to loose them to this evil illness. Please help!

    1. This sounds so very tough for you and your daughters. I totally understand that you feel quite powerless by now, and the pressure of thinking you are “the only one” who can help them must be enormous. It’s not correct, though. Family-based treatment puts the parent(s) in charge but the clinicians will want to support and guide you any way they can.
      Two years since diagnosis is pretty good: you’re in good time for them to recover very well, according to the research. You are in good time for things to get turned around.
      How about you and your CAMHS team get a new determination, new ideas, from my book? So they can support you some more ways, maybe in a way that you could tell them you’d find especially helpful? Then feel free to get back to me (email me) with any specifics I might be able to help you with. How does that sound for a start?

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