WORKSHOP: get started and help your child to eat

(10 customer reviews)


Last updated on August 28th, 2021

The price is flexible: see below

Why this workshop?

Your child has an eating disorder and you're wondering how to get them to eat. You know that early intervention is key, yet perhaps you're on a waiting list. Or perhaps you have been told to feed your child but not told how. Perhaps it feels impossible: you've tried, and everyone came out bruised.

I've been coaching parents one-on-one for a long time and my waiting list has shot up. It looks like the same has happened with the waiting lists of therapists. This is why I'm proposing a workshop with the early essentials to get you started.

The calendar above should show you a choice of dates. I propose you book yourself onto the first suitable date, and later, come back and book another if you think that would help. Some parents find one session gave them what they needed, while others have been pleased to come back several times: the content is roughly the same each time but I vary the details to suit people's needs.

"I am so grateful that Eva offers these 'Getting started with refeeding' workshops weekly. I have begun to routinely refer all families new to our practice to her workshops. Eva provides families with tools and compassion to confidently and lovingly begin the process of helping their teens recover. This supports the work that we are doing with families in FBT."

From Dr Lauren Muhlheim, Psychologist at Eating Disorder Therapy LA, certified eating disorder specialist and supervisor, certified in Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for adolescent eating disorders, and author of the super-helpful 'When your teen has an eating disorder – practical strategies to help your teen recover from anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating'

Who is it for?

Parents / carers of a child or young person with an eating disorder, living at home (or who is coming back home for support). Grandparents, aunts, uncles, also very welcome, as parents need all the help they can get. For this reason, feel free to invite them and give them the zoom link — I don't expect extra payment.

My tips tend to help parents treat their child/teen for a restrictive eating disorder (e.g. anorexia) using a family-based approach. This is where most of my knowledge sits. Some tips are relevant to bulimia, binge eating disorder and OSFED. May not all be suitable to people with ARFID or ASD (autism).

Content of the workshop

One and a half hour led by myself:

  • First, brief introductions to make you feel welcome and connected to everyone — feeling you're with like-minded souls is a benefit of groups . However those of you who are Zoom-shy will be able to stay in the background throughout.
  • I explain the main principles of treatment, focusing on what parents can do right away.
  • How to support your child to eat with compassion and persistence:  this is where I share the big principles and the tips that usually help parents. There is a 'lecture' bit, some demonstration or role play with any parents who volunteer, and discussion around your questions.
  • I guide you through one tip for your own wellbeing
  • And hopefully there is more time for questions. Then you can leave, or stay on for the following:

Another half hour follows for parent chat

  • If you want to stay on for another half hour, I keep the room open (possibly in smaller groups) so you can chat freely. If you need me during that time, you can call me into the room. I am creating this space as feedback from parents is so overwhelmingly that they benefit from connecting with others.

Limitations of the workshop: READ THIS FOR YOUR CHILD'S SAFETY

This is parent-to-parent coaching. I am not a clinician. People with an eating disorder needs expert treatment, so keep pushing for this if you are on a waiting list: keep clinicians informed of any worsening symptoms or behaviours. If your child has lost weight or is purging, make sure they are getting medical checks, and if your son or daughter has been undernourished for a while, you must get medical advice about refeeding syndrome before you significantly increase what they eat. Use accident/emergency services any time you are in doubt about your child's condition.

Don't blindly take advice from anyone in the group, including me. There is not enough time in a workshop to know anyone's individual situation well enough. Pay attention to your instincts, read and consult widely. If, as I hope, your child is in treatment, keep the clinicians in the loop if you are considering changing anything you're doing as a result of the workshop.

Pricing: making it affordable to absolutely anyone

Notice that you can choose the currency that suits you.

In this unequal world, I want everyone to have the knowledge to help their child, whatever their finances. I'm pricing this workshop so as to cover my tech costs, have an income and most of all, be able to make it affordable for those who would not otherwise come.

In this way, those of you who can pay full price are contributing to those who can't.

To pay less, no explanations needed – just use a 'coupon' on the checkout page:

  • If you choose to pay 80%, the coupon is workshop80
  • If you choose to pay 75%, the coupon is workshop75
  • And so on, in increments of 5. I'm not offering lower than 15% to try and reduce the risk of intruders. If you'd rather not pay at all, I can book you in manually.

No cost for other family members, as it takes a village to help our children. So any adult family members (partners, grandparents, aunts/uncles) can piggy-back onto your booking — just book for yourself and give them the booking info.

Tips and rules to keep everyone comfortable: PLEASE READ

You're going to be well looked after in the meeting — that's my intention. Apologies if the following sounds fierce: it's to make sure everyone is OK.

  • Confidentiality: any personal stuff said in the group stays in the group. No recording, photographing or screenshots.
  • Everyone's video must be ON, at least at the start. This is to help us know that every participant is genuine, so everyone feels safe and private. If you don't have video then this workshop is not for you. If you're not sure you can make video work, you can practice on
  • Find a private space where your children cannot listen in, as the adults must speak freely. If you think children might eavesdrop, use earphones.
  • To respect everyone's time, we start on time, so please aim, as much as you can, to get onto Zoom at least 5mn early, and you can make yourself a nice cuppa and grab a notepad while in the 'waiting room'.
  • Apart from the above rules, everything is an 'invitation'. Feel free to not do something, for instance you can stay quiet, and you can ask to not be included in any smaller group. You can of course click to leave the meeting any time. If anything didn't feel right, please contact me so I don't do it again.
  • Preferably use a big screen as you might find Zoom group meetings on a mobile phone awkward. Position your camera and set up the lighting so you can be seen well (I find this stops me from squinting and makes me more comfortable!)
  • In Zoom, your name is displayed: you can 'rename' yourself (the menu is on the 3 dots)
  • Tears and emotions totally have a place in our group. I want you to feel comfortable and safe. If you really want to leave you can just click to leave the meeting. You can come back on later.
  • If you know you can't attend the full length of time, you're still welcome. If you have to join the meeting late, that's not ideal of group cohesion but we can live with it.

Using Zoom: where to find the link

When you've gone through the checkout you will see a confirmation screen giving you the zoom link as Join Meeting. I propose you keep hold of it right away. You can also click to add the date to your calendar, and the zoom link will be included.

You will also receive an email with the date and zoom link (Join Meeting )

If you're not familiar with Zoom, feel free to try out the Zoom link right now. I've  also written instructions for a laptop/PC here, and for a phone (and I don't recommend you do this workshop on a phone) here.

Cancellations and refunds

I appreciate you only booking if you are pretty sure you can attend (it's OK to book at the last minute if you're not sure). This will save me admin work.

If something comes up that prevents you from attending, get in touch and tell me if you would like a refund or to move you to another workshop date. If you'd like a refund, I will hold back 10% or a minimum of £3. This is to account for my time and for the processing fees which I cannot get back from the credit card/paypal companies. Should you be dissatisfied with the workshop then I will refund you.

If I have to cancel I will of course give you a full refund, or if you prefer, move you to another date.


10 reviews for WORKSHOP: get started and help your child to eat

  1. Parent

    After the workshop I went back into the ward and used your approach and wow, it worked and we are now eating after a full day of refusal.
    Such a long road ahead but so pleased I came along today.

  2. Vicki H

    I attended this workshop around midnight Australian time! It was well worth staying up for! I would encourage anyone thinking about whether they should attend to just do it! Eva gives brilliant advice in calmly encouraging your child to get started with eating and also gives further advice to empower the parent/Carer to stay the course. There is a role play section which is also empowering (don’t stress…you aren’t made to partake!) it helps you position yourself as a wise, kind parent. Compassionate persistence! As a parent who has continued with advocacy in Australian system I will definitely pass these techniques on to families I support here. Have you signed up yet? Just do it!

  3. Anonymous

    Don’t hesitate to sign up to the workshop. I found it really helpful not only to hear Eva’s great advice and learn from her experience and invaluable knowledge, but also to hear from other families in similar situations. Everything Eva says in her book, bitesize and workshop makes alot of sense to me and it was incredibly helpful to participate in and listen to role plays during the workshop. The discussions covered things that are happening in my family right now but also other situations which may happen in future. Hearing about these will help prepare me for what may lie ahead. I felt more confident that afternoon to help support my child. It resulted in a calmer lunch time experience and I could see my child relax much more, which was great. I will definitely do another workshop. I feel incredibly grateful to Eva for sharing her knowledge and time.

  4. Not a robot, not a nurse!

    I found it really helpful today, especially the calming techniques, I immediately put these into practice this evening.

    Remembering the prompts and the gentleness of your voice also helped, in the role play I felt like you really meant what you were saying. I’ve been using prompts but I think I may have sounded like a robot over the last few days?!

    I let go of some of my fear this evening and took some nice deep breaths and felt like her mum, not a nurse. This was so far the most natural and lighthearted meal since my daughters hospital discharge (and fairly successful!).

    In our daughter's situation she lost weight so rapidly as she just couldn’t eat and this caused heart function problems. I think we’ve been running on adrenaline ever since so relaxing more around the meal really helped today. Meal by meal, bite by bite she’ll recover, I’m sure of it.
    Thank you Eva x

  5. Martina

    We are just at the start of our family's journey with eating disorders. At a time when no one had space and we were struggling to figure out what was ahead, Eva's calming, thoughtful workshop armed us with tools, confidence and an amazing global community for support. We started using the techniques immediately. Even though we are in San Francisco, California–it was worth getting up early for!

  6. L

    It has been such a deep and helpful experience for me, meeting other parents in need and I learned especially a lot from your “role plays”!

  7. A

    Thank you so much for your workshop. Not only was the content useful but you also have a beautiful kindness in the way you teach and facilitate that is so nice to see.

  8. Vani

    I attended this workshop today. I feel grateful that we 've found Eva's work …We were lost in despair but now deep inside me I know that we will find our way to recovery…Thank you.

  9. Sue

    I attended this workshop today and have just booked a further one. I am so grateful to have found Eva's work on FBT and have found it insightful, useful and a great consolation too. Meeting with others during the session where we were able to share our experiences and concerns was also very valuable and it was very generous of Eva to enable this. Heartfelt thanks!

  10. Two parents from West Wales

    My wife and I attended three of these workshops individually and jointly. We thought the workshops were excellent. The sessions were well-structured and managed sensitively. They greatly helped our confidence in supporting our daughter with anorexia to eat despite her resistance at meal-times. Watching Eva model how to support your child with their eating at a meal-time was particularly helpful to us.

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