Parents & Carers

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.


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.


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

Location Date Book
Edinburgh April 25 & 26, 2020 Book
Glasgow April 18 & 19, 2020 Book
East Sussex February 8 & 9, 2020 Book
East Sussex March 28 & 29, 2020 Book
North East Essex February 1 & 2, 2020 Book
Southend on Sea February 29 & March 1, 2020 Book
Lancaster February 29 & March 1, 2020 Book
Chester March 7 & 8, 2020 Book
West Sussex March 14 & 15, 2020 Book