Family Resources

Two people sitting and facing each other holding handsParent peer mentors help you and your family address the specific needs, concerns, and challenges of caregiving for a loved one diagnosed with an eating disorder. We can assess family needs and develop interventions that help you and your loved one move ahead together in recovery. This can include meal support and positive family communication techniques. This is a free service and open to all.

For more information, visit our list of Support Groups.

These free, monthly meetings are for families and support people and are facilitated by WNYCCCED leadership and staff who work with providers at the Strong Adolescent Medicine Eating Disorder Program and The Healing Connection. No pre-registration is required.

Our mission is to aid in the healing process by providing: Information about the causes, treatment and new findings from research related to eating disorders. Problem-Solving strategies to deal with the difficulties that arise in interacting with an individual with an eating disorder on a daily basis. Support regarding the conflict, denial, frustration, and other challenges that develop during the course of treatment that can lead to isolation. Awareness in the community (youth-servicing agencies, schools, health care services) regarding the early signs of eating disorders and their effective management.

For more information, visit our list of Support Groups.

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This FREE group is offered to siblings and friends of people diagnosed with an eating disorder.

While recovery from an eating disorder requires a full treatment team, included in the process are the family members and those chosen as supports, such as close friends.

Each person has their own experience in the process - this is an opportunity to connect with others with similar experiences.

Time: 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Dates: November 13 and 27, and December 11, 2023
*Beginning January 2024, groups will be 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month (excluding Holidays)
Where: URMC School of Nursing, Helen Wood Hall, Loretta Ford Educational Wing, Classroom 1W510, 255 Crittenden Boulevard, Rochester, NY 14642
Parking: Saunders Research Building, 265 Crittenden Boulevard, Rochester, NY 14642

Come join us. We look forward to meeting you!

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New Maudsley Skills Workshops for Carers

Supporting our loved one who has an eating disorder can feel overwhelming, confusing and uncertain. The WNYCCCED will be offering a free workshop to equip carers with knowledge and skills needed to support their loved one. The workshop follows the evidence-based manual “Caring for A Loved One with an Eating Disorder: The New Maudsley Skills-based Training Manual” by Jenny Langley, Gill Todd and Janet Treasure. We will focus on increasing knowledge about the illness, enhancing carers strengths while promoting necessary self-care, improve communication skills and learning effective skills to strengthen treatment.

For more information, visit our list of Support Groups.

video-screen-grab.jpgThe Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for Children and Adolescent.
The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre has developed a number of videos and tools to help parents and families. These materials explain ways to provide structure and support to youth with eating disorders before, during, and after meals.

WNYCCCED Meal Time Support Video

Mother, father, and 2 children sitting around the table eatingThe Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre in BC, Canada has developed a number of videos and tools to help parents and families. These materials explain ways to provide structure and support to youth with eating disorders before, during, and after meals.

1. Eating disorders can affect people of all ages and genders.
2. The eating disorders diagnostic criteria and references described in the video are based on the 4th edition of the DSM and are no longer accurate.

Eating Disorders Meal Support: Helpful Approaches for Families

FEAST is a global community of parents, and those who support parents. We know what it is to have a precious son or daughter develop an eating disorder. We have known the worry, the fear, the frustration. Many of us have seen our loved ones go from terribly unwell to robustly healthy. Some among us are supporting longtime sufferers who have not reached full recovery. And some of us have lost our beloved children to their illnesses, through permanent estrangement or death.

This community knows the hope and the tragedy of these dangerous brain disorders. We also know the heroic power of families: parents and siblings and sufferers and recovered people. We know the power of care giving, of loving support, of skilled clinicians, and of applying the emerging science to improve outcomes.

To ensure continuity of care, the WNYCCCED care manager maintains communication between you and your treatment team, provides referrals, offers linkage to community resources, and conducts home and school visits (as needed). The care manager coordinates roles between behavioral health and medical care providers and provides eating disorder education.



Call:  (585) 276-6102

Contact Information

Michelle MoralesContact the Parent Peer Mentor

To speak with our Parent Peer Mentor or to get additional information about any of our services and resources for parents and caregivers, please email:

Or call: 585-275-5693