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.


After careful consideration, we will no longer be holding our Developing Dolphins workshops as planned in West Sussex (14-15 March), East Sussex (28-29 March), Cardiff (28-29 March), Aberdeen (4th and 5th April) and Glasgow (18th and 19th April) due to the ongoing complex situation regarding coronavirus.

We know that the Developing Dolphins events for those supporting a loved one with an eating disorder are incredibly important and valuable to our attendees and we have not come to the decision to cancel lightly. However, we must put the health and safety of our attendees first and not put any further strain on the medical profession at this unprecedented time. We know that many people with eating disorders could be more vulnerable to the impacts of illness and we do not want to put people attending or their loved ones at increased risk.

It is our aim to rearrange these events once the risk is lower and further communications will be sent to those affected as soon as we have more information. Anyone currently booked on one of these courses will be able to have their deposit refunded and will still receive our support resources via post in due course.

Currently these events are the only ones affected and Developing Dolphins courses at the end of April and in June will continue as planned. We are monitoring and assessing the situation daily however, and any further cancellations will be confirmed on Beat’s website and directly to participants in advance, should any further measures be necessary.

Beat’s online groups and Helpline are operating as normal and are available to any carers who were attending these events who may need support, as well as anyone affected by eating disorders. 

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.


For more information, please email or call us on 01925 912806.

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