Family & Friends


Here you can find an archive of past Family and Friends workshops. 
These online workshops are aimed at providing family and friends with a deeper understanding of eating disorders, the treatment process, and how to support those who are struggling. 

Visit our Events Page for upcoming dates. 

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Every Body Matters Family & Friends Edition: Support through the Holidays

This month's conversation touched upon the following topics:

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Every Body Matters Family & Friends Edition: Mixed Messages & Supporting Your Loved One

This month's conversation touched upon the following topics:

  • How the mixed messages in our society plays a role in eating disorders, disordered eating, and body dissatisfaction. 
  • Ways in which one can connect with and support a loved one who is suffering.
  • How to accept and lean into the recovery and healing process, as opposed to resisting it, can reduce the suffering and strengthen family bonds.

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Every Body Matters Family & Friends Edition: Building Community

This month's conversation touched on the following topic areas:

  • The need for family and friends to build a support system/community for themselves as their loved one undergoes treatment
  • 5 suggested pillars of a balanced support system/community: 

(1) one-on-one with a trusted friend
(2) professional support from a counselor
(3) group support
(4) self-care practices
(5) Eating disorder, body image, and health at every size education

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Every Body Matters Family & Friends Edition: How to Help Without Harm

This month's conversation focused on the following topics around "helping without harming:"

  •  Three pillars to guide us in supporting our loved one includes (1) Listen (2) Respond (3) Respect.
  •  Listen: understand ED are a brain disease and aren't rational; listen without the need for offering solutions; listen to what's not being said; stay way from taking things personal and becoming defensive.
  • Respond: advocate for treatment; affirm your love and support; stay away from comments around body/food as indicators of getting better; cultivate conversation and community that supports their self-discovery.
  • Respect: respect your loved one's journey of self-discovery, and their process of creating new beliefs and values, even if they differ from you own.

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