Regarding Support Groups and Trainings For Parents/Carers

Regarding Support Groups and Trainings For Parents/Carers

F.E.A.S.T. is not able to evaluate the philosophical approach or quality of the groups below. Some support groups may be facilitated by or have an atmosphere that is based on older treatment models that distance or blame parents. F.E.A.S.T. advises parents to research in advance and to seek optimistic, science-based support environments that help parents be engaged and assertive.

Support groups in United States



Orange County, CA/Lake Forest

Family ED-Anon Meeting: 
Rebecca's House Eating Disorder Treatment Programs

For more information visit  or call 800-711-2062.


ANAD Family and Friend Support Group
2nd and 4th Monday, 7:00 P.M. TO 8:30 P.M., Discovery Counseling Center, 115 A Town and Country Drive, Danville, California.  Visit our website at for more information or contact Nancy Clarkson at 925-829-5554 or visit our website at for more information. 

San Diego

Parent Support Group, UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research
4510 Executive Drive, Suite 315, San Diego, CA 92121
Meets Wednesdays 4:00-5:30 pm
Information: 858-212-1831

Weekly "Family Education Group", Healthy Within, Inc.
Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Phone (858) 622-0221

Thousand Oaks

La Ventana
Suport Groups are offered by La Ventana Treatment Programs. For more information, visit:
The following groups are all held in Thousand Oaks:
275 E. Hillcrest Drive, Suite 120
Thousand Oaks, CA, 91360
Eating Disorder Education: Every Saturday 9-10AM 
This group integrates members of the community and clients of La Ventana to discuss concerns about eating disorders. This is an education group offering each individual an opportunity to share and support others in the desire to understand and address concerns about disordered eating. Members of the community offer their own experiences and insights which enhance the program teachings of La Ventana. 
Family Education: Tuesday, 6-7:30pm
 This is an open group intended to support and educate individuals recovering from eating disorders and those who love them. Clients, family, and friends engage in psychoeducation and experiential exercises in order to increase awareness and create a more supportive environment for recovery. 



Family & Friends Support Group
First and third Thursday of each month 6:00-8:30pm - A group for families and friends of individuals suffering with eating disorders to discuss their problems, concerns and successes. RSVP & questions to Eating Disorder Foundation at 303-322-3373.*Meetings are held at The Eating Disorder Foundation, 3003 East Third Ave, Suite 110, basement level, Denver, CO 80206.

Family & Friends Support Group
2nd Monday of the Month 5:30-6:45pm Location: Eating Disorder Center of Denver 950 S. Cherry St. Suite 1010 Denver, CO 80246 RSVP at (303) 771-0861. Walk-ins welcome. Facilitator: Jessica Larson, MEd, LPC Cost: First Session FREE!  $10 for individuals and $20 for each group of two or more.



FFED: family & friends of the eating disordered

What: A support group for those living &/or dealing with an eating disordered person

When: Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm

Where: Hyde Park Counseling Center,* 207 W Verne Street, Tampa, FL 33606            

Why: Anyone who lives with or cares about someone struggling with an eating disorder is also a victim of the disease. The fear, anger, frustration, and worry do not need to be endured alone. ffed meetings provide an environment of mutual support in which to share and learn how to better take care of ourselves while dealing with the disordered person. We work together to achieve an understanding of how to cope with, while not contributing to, the disease.

Who: Parents, spouses, siblings, friends, and anyone who is in regular contact with the eating disordered.   

Contact Marjie Ruth via phone (727-244-9011) or email ( with questions and to confirm availability.  All meetings are free.

* ffed meetings are not affiliated with Hyde Park Counseling Center. As a community service, HPCC allows the use of its facility for this volunteer organization.



F.E.D. Support Group (Friends & family of people with eating disorders).
Mondays from 6:00 ? 7:00pm. Regular meetings will be held on all other Monday nights. Location: Ridgeview Institute, Young Adult Unit, Cottage E-East, Room 4. No pre-registration required. Cost: Free.



Eating Disorder Caregiver Support Group Meets First Tuesday of the Month 7:00 to 8:30 pm Watermark Counseling LLC Janet Clevenger LCMFT Leawood Fountain Plaza 5401 College Blvd. Suite 208 Leawood, KS 66211 913-284-0472 NO Fee Required. RSVP is requested as Space is Limited. Please send - Name, Email Address , Phone #, # of attendees.



Eating Disorder Network of Central Maryland



MEDA (Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association, Inc)

CARE Group
There are no prerequisites for joining this group. Individuals may attend group on a drop-in basis. This group takes place here at MEDA or also in Ashburnham, Ma. Group sessions are $20 per individual ($30 per couple). CTR Groups are held at our Newton Office (288 Walnut Street, Suite 130, Newtonville, Ma 02460) or Oakmont Regional High School (10 Oakmont Avenue, Ashburnham, MA.) Groups begin promptly at 6:15, though we ask members to arrive between 6:00-6:15 to sign-in. Contact Lindsay Brady at or Paula Magee @ (978) 467-6173 or

Mother-to-Mother Mentoring Program
This service is designed to offer additional support specifically to mothers that are living with a child struggling with an eating disorder. This support comes in the form of causal check-ins as needed, and is offered by the parent of a recovered individual. This service is intended to help mothers:
• Navigate treatment options for my child, myself and/or my family;
• Find helpful websites, books, articles and other information to support myself, my child and/or my family;
• Realize that I am not alone and that as a caretaker, I must also seek out support; and
• Believe that recovery is possible.
This service is not exclusive to mothers and can be offered to both parents as well. For more information regarding this program contact Lindsay Brady, LICSW at


Royal Oak
Parent educational programs, trainings, Maudsley introduction
call 248-551-2385. 


Support group/seminar for parents of eating disordered adolescents
Using the 2008 (revised) Off The Cuff by Nancy Zucker as text. Mondays from 6:30 to 8, call Rhonda Overberger LPC, LMFT at (269) 341-9629.



Hope Network Parent Support Groups
Class for people who care about someone with an eating disorder. Using a Group Coaching model designed to educate about eating disorders, the class will help participants to: navigate the system including health insurance issues, access resources, learn valuable skills for improving your own self-care during this crisis and build connections with other families to share support with one another. The main goal is to help you to let go of fear and panic and reclaim peace and hope. The class is available in person in Minneapolis, MN, as a teleseminar or webinar. It is also available to treatment centers to purchase for their families. For information contact Becky Henry at 952-451-5663, or


St. Louis

McCallum Place St. Louis
Day: Monday
Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm
Location: McCallum Place Conference Room
231 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119

McCallum Place offers a weekly Monday evening multifamily group led by Dr. Kimberli McCallum, MD, FAPA, CEDS. This group takes place in the McCallum Place Conference Room every Monday (excluding holidays) from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm. There is no need to RSVP; however if you'd like to participate via phone conference, please contact Ginger Olmsted at 1-888-749-5796.

New Mexico

Santa Fe

Support Group for Family and Friends in Santa Fe, NM.  

For more information, please call Claire (505) 470-3427 or email or Della (505) 670-6852 or email

North Carolina


Family Support Group in Asheville, NC. Cost is FREE.
A group for families and friends of people with eating disorders. Facilitated by a licensed professional. Meetings are held at T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating, 297 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801. Third Saturday of each month 10:00-11:30am. Call (828) 337-4685 or email

New York

New York Metropolitan Area:

First Things First For Eating Disorders
is a free monthly interactive motivational workshop for those affected by an Eating Disorder. First Things First For Eating Disorders is a free monthly interactive motivational workshop for those affected by an Eating Disorder.This popular group program was developed and is led by veteran Psychotherapist and eating disorders specialist William Skerker, LCSW, LRSW, and is Co-Administered by Ellen Schieren who provides personalized phone help and support. Many attendees have reported that First Things First has helped them increase their sense of self-worth, and that it has bolstered their commitment to decisions and behaviors leading to healthier and more fulfilling lives. First Things First For Eating Disorders delivers a pro-treatment and pro-recovery message. It asks key questions about what you truly want, what your agendas might be, and helps participants identify and overcome obstacles and conflicts that prevent them from reaching their goals. Each First Things First topic reflects a theoretical position and its practical application for Eating Disordered individuals seeking permanent recovery.
First Things First For Eating Disorders is free of charge, and free of obligation. Each monthly meeting is held on a Thursday evening at 7:30 PM in Manhattan at 19 West 34th Street, in Suite 301, on the Third Floor. Check our website for future meeting dates.  

For registration, more information, or phone help and support contact:
Ellen Shieran at:
Cell/Text/Voicemail : 516.510.9001
William Skerker at:
Office and Voicemail: 212.736.9040
Cell/Text/Voicemail : 917.692.8193

New York Friends and Family Support Groups
  ICP, 1841 Broadway at 60th St., 4th floor. Call 212-333-3444 or email

NEDA Family and Friends Support Group

165 W 46th Street, 4th Floor, New York City.

Support group meets every other Tuesday at 7:15PM.

Please contact or 212.575.6200 for additional information and meeting dates.

Group for Parents who have an Adolescent with an Eating Disorder
A Maudsley Focused Group - The parent group uses principles from the Maudsley treatment?a family based intervention that empowers parents to take charge of refeeding their eating disordered adolescent. The parent group focuses on psychoeducation regarding eating disorders; it coaches parents in refeeding strategies; teaches relaxation exercises for themselves and their adolescents; teaches problem solving techniques; and provides emotional and strategic support for parents as they learn how to effectively manage this very difficult process. For information contact Jennifer Jones, Ph.D. at 31 West 9th Street, 1st Floor, NY, NY 10011, Call 212-604-4643 or email

North Carolina


Family and Friends Support Group
Meets the third Sunday of each month from 5:00-6:00pm Davidson, Southlake Center at 704-896-7776



Support group for family and friends
For information call Carolyn I. Pickler, LPCC, 3632 W. Market Street, Suite 104, Akron, OH 44333, at 330-666-5004 or email



Brandywine Hospital Behavioral Health Pavillion, Coatsville
Offers ED Support Groups for Patients and Families. See FLYER for more information.



Families Supporting Families (Nashville)
When: 1st and 3rd Mondays at 7:00 pm
Where: 2120 Crestmoor Road, Ste. 3000
Contact: Kathy at (615) 665-0105 or Connie at (615) 269-5709.


Families Supporting Families (Jackson)
When: 1st Thursday at 7:15 pm
Where: Regional Hospital of Jackson, Contact: Susan at (731) 664-8776

Johnson City

Families Supporting Families (Johnson City)
When: 1st Tuesday 7:00 pm
Where:  First Presbyterian Church, Holston Room
Contact:  Susan Elaine at (423)-439-8000


Families Supporting Families (Memphis)
When: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm
Where: Kingsway Christian Church
7887 Poplar Ave.,  Room 102
Contact: Gina Prigoff, Ph.D. at (901) 268-4964



Eating Disorders Basics
The Berger & Pence Group conducts bimonthly workshops to help educate and support families. Eating Disorders Basics (EDB) is an introductory group during which participants gain a basic, working knowledge of eating disorders and the course of the illness. The advanced workshops further this knowledge by focusing on specific topics relevant to the ongoing battle of treatment and recovery.
When: The 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month 7-8pm
Where: 4300 North Central Expressway, Suite 280 Dallas, TX 75206
Please contact us for fees, more information and registration. 214.642.6802 or



Charlottesville Support Group
When: 2nd Saturdays at 12:30 pm
Where: 3479 Preddy Creek Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22911
Contact: Kate Bruno at (434) 923-4520 or visit


Support Group for Parents of Teens with Eating Disorders
An 8-session support group for parents whose children are currently in treatment for an eating disorder offered by professionals.
When:  Meets Mondays from 7-8:30pm starting approximately March 21, 2011.
Where: George Mason University Center for Psychological Services in Fairfax, VA ( for more info)
Contact: Call 703-993-1370 to schedule an intake session.


F.E.A.S.T.'s Pacific Northwest Task Force
The F.E.A.S.T. PNW Task Force hosts two support groups:

Seattle, WA:
Supports parents and caregivers who are helping their loved ones recover from an eating disorder.  We meet monthly in person and also offer telephone support.  We offer practical suggestions, experience and warm emotional support.  There is hope!  All are welcome.

When:  2nd Thursday of each month, noon till about 2
Where:  Back room of Delfino's Pizza, U Village, 2631 NE University Village St, Seattle, WA 98105
There is no fee for this support group.
Contact:,  You can also call the FEAST PNW hotline at 1-855-50-FEAST ext. 301.

Bellingham, WA:
Bellingham Caregiver Support Group—parents and other caregivers get together  to support one another while helping a loved one recover from an eating disorder.  We meet on an informal basis, usually 3-4 times per year at the Fountain Bistro in Bellingham, WA.  All are welcome for on-the-group caregiver support.  Please contact for details. Email support is also available for those living in the Pacific Northwest, including British Columbia, Canada.

Friends and Family Northwest
A group for families, friends, and spouses supporting someone with an eating disorder. Meets every Monday from 7-8:30, except holidays. Location: University Presbyterian Church
In the heart of the University district on 15th NE and NE 47th. There is no fee for this support group. We began in 1995 and continue to share stories of hope and help. Facilitator:  Virginia Low,

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Resources: Caregiver Support

Caregivers need support to stay strong for their children. The following sites help caregivers share information and coordinate care-giving efforts among friends and family.

  • CaringBridge - Free, personal and private websites that connect people experiencing a health challenge with family and friends.
  • CarePages - CarePages websites are free patient blogs that connect friends and family during a health challenge
  • Lotsa Helping Hands - Create a free, private Community web site to organize family and friends during times of need


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