Parents & Carers

Coping with Christmas

Christmas can be a difficult time of year for people with eating disorders and their loved ones too, but celebrating it together is possible. Beat’s Coping with Christmas workshop will enable parents, carers, partners, friends and family to enjoy the holiday season.

Coping with Christmas 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.

This one-day interactive workshop will equip carers with the skills to support someone with an eating disorder over the festive period so that they feel more in control and less overwhelmed. Our training will help a loved one to address their hopes and fears about Christmas, identify potential triggers and make a collaborative plan with their parent or carer.

Coping with Christmas is free to attend and will run at key locations across the country during November and early December, but places are limited so book now.

Learning Outcomes

  • Reflecting on attitudes and beliefs around Christmas
  • Obtaining and understanding a loved one’s hopes for Christmas
  • Meal planning for Christmas, testing it out and evaluating it before the big day
  • How to make a collaborative plan with a loved one
  • Carers’ worries about Christmas – how to manage these
  • Educating visitors and how a loved one learns to cope with comments that they find distressing

Course Structure

This is a structured and interactive one-day workshop from 10am-4.30pm with lunch included. 

You will hear from other families about their experiences and receive peer-to-peer support. This course will also include presentations and information about Beat’s services. Where possible you will hear from a Beat ambassador on their lived experience of an eating disorder and you will develop an action plan to end the day.

Testimonials

Excellent workshop and excellent teacher – our trainer was very knowledgeable but approachable. I really valued speaking to other parents and carers too.
Thank you! Great event, great venue and delicious lunch. Thanks all for giving up your Sunday to help us.

Course Benefits

  • Meal planning tools
  • Christmas planning strategies
  • Regaining a sense of control
  • Feeling supported by Beat’s services
  • Being part of a peer-to-peer support network

Book

Coping with Christmas is currently available in Scotland, the North West, East Anglia, and Sussex. For more information, please email or call us on 01925 912806.

We ask for a £10 refundable deposit to secure your booking for this event which will be returned upon attendance of the session to ensure commitment to attend. If for any reason you can’t make it, please do let us know by emailing us at least five days before the event to guarantee a refund.

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Norwich November 23, 2019 Book
Colchester December 7, 2019 Book
Tunbridge Wells November 24, 2019 Book
Edinburgh November 30, 2019 Book
Glasgow December 1, 2019 Book

Developing Dolphins

Eating disorders affect not only the person suffering but the people around them too. During this difficult time, those caring for someone with an eating disorder deserve to know how to effectively look after their loved one and how to look after themselves. Our Developing Dolphins workshop is for those who have been caring for a loved one with anorexia nervosa and/or bulimia nervosa for less than five years.

This weekend-long course is based on the principles of the New Maudsley method developed by leading expert Professor Janet Treasure. Developing Dolphins aims to help you to develop the skills to work with your loved one towards recovery in a positive, practical way.

Learning Outcomes

  • An increased understanding of eating disorders and the psychology behind them.
  • Strategies for encouraging recovery, including motivational interviewing, collaborative goal setting, and more.
  • Understanding of how their own behaviour could maintain the eating disorder, and how to avoid this.
  • Tips for taking care of their own wellbeing while their loved one is recovering.

Course Structure

This is a structured and interactive two-day workshop from 10am-4pm with lunch included.

You will hear from other families about their experiences and receive peer-to-peer support. This course will also include presentations, practicing your communication skills and understanding Beat’s services. Where possible you will hear from an ambassador on their lived experience of an eating disorder and you will develop an action plan to end the two days.

Testimonials

The course really helped me to have faith and belief that, with the right guidance and support, our daughter could make a full recovery.
I attended Beats workshop when my 16-year-old daughter had relapsed after regaining weight in hospital. I was feeling very depleted and hopeless. I can now see light at the end of the tunnel and have hope I can use the skills learnt to help my daughter recover.

Course Benefits

  • Gain practical everyday skills.
  • Become empowered and hopeful. 
  • Regain a sense of control.
  • Feel supported by Beat’s services.
  • Become part of a peer-to-peer support network.

Book

Developing Dolphins is currently available in Scotland, the North West, and Sussex. For more information, please email or call us on 01925 912806.

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