Parents and carers

Skills for Carers

Parents and siblings are often overlooked but their support and understanding can be crucial to help a sufferer. 

We run Skills for Carers training workshops because parents and siblings are best placed to support self-care. Having trailblazed a whole family recovery support plan approach we are pleased that the NHS and NICE adopted this same approach in the updated 2017 service model and clinical standards across England’s NHS Eating Disorders community services.

These workshops offer a toolbox of skills for tackling eating disorder difficulties, focusing on warmth, empathy and self-reflection. Additionally, these workshops will help you learn how to reduce resistance to change by directing people in a gentle, non-confrontational way towards finding their own solutions. The workshops encourage you to work with your own capacity for change, becoming expert change coaches.

Workshop outcomes:

  • Greater understanding of rolling with resistance
  • Insight into the different caring styles (New Maudsley Method)
  • Greater understanding of the importance of goal setting
  • Being able to recognise the stages of change
  • Options to join our award winning Befriending service – connecting parents and siblings with lived experience

Course delivery

Training is delivered at various location.

All First Steps workshops are delivered by our team of expert trainers, specialising in eating disorder management.  First Steps is also able to provide support materials in various formats.

Confirmed dates for 2020:

  • 29th February – 4th April
    5-week Course
    9:30-12:30 every Saturday morning 
    First Steps ED
    16 Agard Street
    DE1 1DZ 
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  • 6th April
    2-hours Foundation session
    (Introduction to 5 week course)
    Erewash Voluntary Action 
    Granville Avenue
    Long Eaton
    NG10 4HD
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  • 11th May
    2-hours Foundation session
    (Introduction to 5 week course)
    (venue to be confirmed)
    Book now 

  • 6th June- 4th July
    5-week Course
    9:30-12:30 every Saturday morning
    North/East Derbyshire
    location and venue to be confirmed
    Book now

More dates to be announced soon.

Skills for Carers is a free 5 week course 9:30am to 12:30pm and the next workshop will begin on the 29th February and runs through until 4th April and will be held at First Steps ED office on Saturdays.

To book a place click here or for more information please call First Steps ED: 01332 367571 or email:

The course is free to attend for all.

Please note: The workshops run for a period of 5 weeks. After the first week the group will become closed.



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