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Developing Dolphins

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.

How much time will I need to commit?

There are five workshops in total, which run weekly for two-and-a-half hours.

What does Developing Dolphins cover?

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 you will develop an action plan to end the two days.


How frequently does Developing Dolphins run?

The workshop runs regularly throughout the year based on funding. Please have a look at our booking table to check exact timings per session.

How many people can join each carers workshop?

We allow a maximum of 16 people to join each workshop.

Who is the workshop for?

It is open to parents, partners, siblings, and others caring for a loved one over the age of 13 with an eating disorder that has lasted fewer than five years.

Do I have to attend every session?

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.

What do I need to join Developing Dolphins?

We ask that you have a good internet connection and a working camera.

What if I've already attended Raising Resilience? How is Developing Dolphins different?

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.

The course really helped me to have faith and belief that, with the right guidance and support, our daughter could make a full recovery.


For more information, please email or call us on 01925 912829. To register your interest for future sessions, please fill in this form. 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

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