Carer Skills Workshops

Carer Skills Workshops for Parents and Carers

based on The New Maudsley Method, Skills Based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder

Janet Treasure’s Book and the related DVD are designed to help carers develop self-reflective skills in order to role model confidence, compassion and courage to take risks, how to experiment with changing caring behaviour so carers can be more helpful to their loved one suffering from an eating disorder.


Workshops for carers are run regularly via Zoom including:

    • Teenage Brain and Eating Disorders
    • Self Harm and Eating Disorders
    • Bingeing and Purging Aspects of Eating Disorders
    • Relapse Contingency Planning
    • Autism and Eating Disorders

    For availability please contact

    We also run regular carer support groups via Zoom. These offer a chance for a general catch up and sharing of ideas. Collective groups of carers can be incredibly creative and energising as many of you already know.

    The Workshops : 

    Caring for a loved one with an eating disorder can be exhausting, distressing and disorientating. Many carers feel they are drowning, they have tried everything and don’t know where to turn next. Well put on your oxygen mask and immerse yourself in these workshops based on the New Maudsley approach which has helped so many families to navigate their way through a seemingly impossible task. These workshops are full of practical tips, real life scenarios and case studies and are designed to help carers develop self-reflective skills in order to role model confidence, compassion and courage to take risks, and on how to experiment with changing their own behaviour so they can be more helpful to their Loved One.

    These workshops offer professional techniques for becoming a ‘Change Coach’ for your loved one, including:

    • Dealing with challenging behaviour
    • Specialised communication skills
    • Avoiding traps that may maintain the disorder
    • Supporting recovery

    Feedback from carers who have attended in the past has been overwhelmingly positive. Three examples from past series:

    “Jenny you are an Angel! When I arrived (at the workshop) I looked around at some haunted faces, heard some traumatic stories, relived my own terror at times, and yet .. your unerring positivity, your calmness, your all-encompassing embrace, your skill, your knowledge and true EMPATHY(!) lifted the darkness and I am sure made everyone feel SO much better. I feel more positive today than I have for ages. It may not last, but that’s Ok because today is good, and tomorrow looks alright too! “

    “Jenny has the ability to instill confidence and a belief that there is light at the end of what is a long, narrow, dark tunnel, which we can only reach when we accept that we can guide our loved ones but not solve their problems for them. There was a range of different caring scenarios that Jenny had to cater for in our group but the common theme was our wanting help, and Jenny’s guidance and inspiration was felt and appreciated by everyone there. My thoughts have turned to the session time & time again. I definitely had a eureka moment in that is not about how quickly I want or I think my daughter should recover but about the right rate of recovery for her – and by coincidence she asked me this evening why she wasn’t seeing a faster rate of weight restoration whilst she was eating so much more & I was able to explain the increased metabolic rate and we chatted through your earlier email about the challenges of refeeding!”

    “Being in such a warm, relaxed and open environment with people going through such a spectrum of experiences that all shared a common thread was quite humbling. My older daughter’s openness about her recovery from her bulimia was inspirational and gave such hope – as did hearing about your son’s incredible recovery. I’ve already seen my stopping to really listen rather than my talking has made a difference to my younger daughter today too! Whilst I know it is important to take each day as it comes but this evening, I feel optimistic that all will be as it is meant to be. Thank you so so much – you give of yourself to so many of us, but like a ripple in a pond, the impact of your help reaches so far and is felt by so many.” 

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