Parents, carers, other family members and partners.
Developing Dolphins is for parents and carers who have been caring for a loved one with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and/or binge eating disorder for less than five years. Parents and carers are taught to gently swim alongside their loved one, giving them guidance to make their own progress. The workshops will equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to support those suffering from an eating disorder and to help them to break free from the difficulties that prevent recovery.
The course is based on the principles of the New Maudsley method developed by Professor Janet Treasure, which proposes that interpersonal factors can develop within families and maintain the illness. The course teaches skills including the use of motivational interviewing as a means of providing calm and compassionate meal support and engaging intrinsic motivation to change.
Carers are also taught the application of behaviour change principles and about the cognitive and emotional styles associated with eating disorder behaviour. Participants who attended our training courses reported more than a 71% increase in their skills to support recovery from an eating disorder.*
A Beat Clinical Trainer typically delivers this course over two full days in one weekend, and carers receive resources and materials that they can refer to and continue to learn from in the long term. Our experience is that this format makes the course most accessible for parents and carers, whose feedback is overwhelmingly positive.
Thank you so much for the workshop – it was really helpful and has made me feel much more positive and optimistic that things can change. It was also incredibly helpful to hear your experiences and reflections. Thanks also for sending through all of the handouts.Carer
What we learnt was enormously helpful, and it was very comforting to meet other parents experiencing similar things to ourselves.Carer
* Based on feedback from Beat’s contract with Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust