Last updated on September 22nd, 2022
The price is flexible: see below
Why this workshop?
Ideally you wouldn't need this workshop, as by now you should have a treatment team who knows you and your child extremely well. However I notice that many youngsters get discharged from treatment soon after weight recovery. Increasingly so at present, with health services overwhelmed with urgent demands.
As their child becomes medically safe, sometimes parents are told to back off and give their child large levels of autonomy. All of a sudden the young person is left in charge of their food and exercise. Yet they still struggle with eating-disordered thoughts, they fear their new weight, they've forgotten what used to be 'normal' for them, and they cling on to behaviours that make them feel more secure.
Without skilled support, they may slip back. Our therapist used to tell us, 'Go back to the last thing that worked' but it's hard for parents to take charge again when they have been completely disempowered.
What I'm describing is the absence of a carefully guided 'Phase 2', which is an essential part of treatment family-based style.
It's a time of risk-management, where parents need to coach, supervise, and hand back areas of control wisely through small experiments. This is how our children eventually get to be autonomous, ready to live independently. This is also how we parents navigate the balance between vigilance and getting on with our own lives.
The aim of this workshop is to give you some clarity and confidence, as well as the courage and wisdom to bear some of the uncertainties.
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 take you through the main principles of this phase.
- We then go through some of your own examples, so that you can hear what has worked, or not worked, for others.
- Then you can leave, or stay on for the following:
Another half hour follows for parent chat
- You're welcome to stay on in small groups for another half hour, so you can chat freely. Some parents really like the warmth and connection. If you need me during that time, you can call me into the room.
Aftercare Please sign up to my Workshops mailing list as I aim to send you more resources after the workshop, including my slides and an overview of the tools we discussed.
The calendar above should show you a choice of dates and times. You are welcome to come to just one workshop, or to come back for more.
We don't record, for everyone's privacy. If you can't attend, see all my other resources (helpsheets, book, Bitesize audios) to get you started.
Who is it for?
This is for parents or carers who have a child or teen with an eating disorder, living at home. Relatives are also most welcome.
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).
More workshop information
It's all here. And in particular:
Don't let money be an obstacle
Although a price (in your preferred currency) is displayed for this workshop, you can use a coupon at checkout to get whatever reduction you may need. Details here.
Limitations of the workshop
The workshop aims to expand your toolbox, not to tell you what to do, which could be dangerous. Check everything with your clinicians. More here.
To keep everyone comfortable, safe and private
We don't record, and I ask for people's videos to be ON. More here.
Joining with Zoom
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). More on how we will use Zoom: here.
Cancellations and refunds