Developing Dolphins is a free online training course for anyone caring in a personal capacity for someone with anorexia or bulimia, based on the principles of the New Maudsley method developed by leading expert Professor Janet Treasure. Learning online over five weekday evenings, you’ll find out more about eating disorders, gain an understanding of the driving forces behind them, and learn some techniques to help your loved one in recovery and look after your own wellbeing. Developing Dolphins is delivered by clinicians who work directly with people with eating disorders.
There are five workshops in total, which run weekly for two-and-a-half hours.
You should finish the Developing Dolphins course with:
I attended Beat’s 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.
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 a Beat Ambassador on their lived experience of an eating disorder and in the final session you will develop an action plan to complete the course.
Thursday 1st September - 29th September with Colette from 6:45pm - 9:15pm.
*Available to parents and carers in Scotland.
Tuesday 6th September - 4th October with Jane from 6:45pm - 9:15pm.
*Available to parents and carers in Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Thursday 8th September - 6th October with Tracey from 6:45pm - 9:15pm.
*Available to parents and carers in Suffolk, England.
Thursday 8th September - 6th October with Heather from 6:45pm - 9:15pm.
*Available to parents and carers in the Midlands region of England.
Saturday 10th September - 8th October with Heather from 9:30am - 12:00pm.
Monday 12th September - 10th October with Faith from 6:45pm - 9:15pm.
*Available to parents and carers in Gloucestershire, England.
Wednesday 14th September - 8th October with Tracey from 6:45pm - 9:15pm.
Tuesday 20th September - 18th October with Colette from 6:45pm - 9:15pm.
Thursday 22nd September - 20th October with Sukie from 6:45pm - 9:15pm.
*Available to parents and carers in Northern Ireland.
The course really helped me to have faith and belief that, with the right guidance and support, our daughter could make a full recovery.
Sign up to POD, our e-learning platform, to book onto a Developing Dolphins session. If a session is funded in your area, this will appear on your events page.
We currently have very limited availability so if you cannot get a space, please do email the training team on email@example.com or call us on 01925 912829.
The workshop runs regularly throughout the year based on funding.
We allow a maximum of 17 people to join each workshop.
It is open to parents, partners, siblings, and others caring for a loved one over the age of 12 with an eating disorder that has lasted fewer than five years.
The full workshop is five sessions long. We encourage you to attend all five sessions, although if you need to miss a session, there may be an opportunity for you to catch up when the workshop runs again.
We ask that you have a good internet connection and a working camera.
Our other workshop for carers, Raising Resilience, covers some similar themes, and if you have already done that workshop then Developing Dolphins offers a great opportunity for you to practice and develop the skills you learned. However, it’s not necessary to have completed Raising Resiliencene before joining Developing Dolphins.
To book onto Developing Dolphins you first need to sign up to our e-learning platform POD. Once you've registered for POD, you'll be able to see our Events Calendar and book onto Developing Dolphins.
For more information, please email or call us on 01925 912829. You can read our online ground rules here.
These sessions may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes and will not be shared externally. If you have any questions please contact the training team firstname.lastname@example.org.