Workshops and Support - Available for Eating Disorders Treatment Centers to Provide for your Families

This six-week workshop and support series presented by caregiving and eating disorder coaches isdesigned specifically with the family in mind. Click on down arrow at Choose Class Series & time to see dates.

 Coach Becky HenryBecky Henry, CPCC

  Becky Henry is a CertifiedProfessional Co-Active Coach who specializes in parents/caretakers of those with eating disorders.

Rita Goldhammer, CPCC
Rita Goldhammer of Pivotal Crossings is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach specializing in caregiving and loss issues.

During these 60-minute telephone conferences caregivers  learn more about eating disorders, documentation and organization skills necessary to navigate the medical and insurance system and will find resources available to child/loved one with an eating disorder. During the group coaching portion of the phone conference caregivers will acquire valuable skills for self-care, building connections with other families, learning and sharing support with one another.

Workshops will benefit anyone who wants to increase their emotional resources while coping with a family member’s eating disorder. These sessions are educational, and designed to enhance treatment effectiveness by educating and supporting parents of children with eating disorders. These workshops supplement but are NOT intended to substitute treatment. Contact Hope Network, LLC for more info: 952-451-5663.

Parent Tele-class Process and Outcomes

Hope Network and Pivotal Crossings have partnered to host the following Educational Tele-classes dealing with one of life's most challenging experiences -- being a family member of an individual with an eating disorder. Learn from peers who have experience in moving forward with their lives in the face of these illnesses. The two books these series are based on are Just Tell Her To Stop: Family Stories of Eating Disorders by Becky Henry and Enrich Your Caregiving Journey by Rita Goldhammer and Margery Pabst.

Six Week Phone Conference Outcomes:

1. Participants learn how to cope with an eating disorder in their family..

2. Participants sense of loneliness is reduced.

3. Participants feel empowered as a caregiver.

4. Participants become aware of helpful attitudes and beliefs.

5. Participants gain caregiving skills.

6. Participants strengthen relationship building skills.

7. Participants expand communications.


Learning centered education focused on the pre-existing knowledge, skills beliefs, and experiences the learner brings to the tele-class. We provide a supportive environment that gives the learner a safe place to take risks and to hear alternative perspectives.

  • We take their knowledge and use the information to initiate discussion.
  • We use facilitation techniques for group-based learning.
  • Look at how they might problem solve their issue.
  • Handouts provided ahead of time to get them focused on the subject at hand.

 Techniques utilized:

  • facilitation
  • role-playing
  • open ended questions
  • discussion
  • problem solving
  • recognition and acknowledgement 

Workshop topics include:

Week 1: Eating Disorders vs. disordered eating. Finding balance.

Participants will:

  • Discuss what is (and is not) an eating disorder.
  • Understand the difference between an eating disorder and disordered eating.
  • Discover how common eating disorders are.
  • Learn to separate the problem from the person. 
  • Focus on their own needs for the workshop series.
  • Develop ‘ground rules’ for the workshop series community.
  • Discuss basic self-care techniques.

Week 2: Separating your loved one from the eating disorder. Guest: recovered individual.

Participants will: 

  • Learn to manage the stress that accompanies a family illness.
  • Receive information about available resources, including books, web sites, organizations and care providers as well as creating a level playing field with American Insurance Companies.
  • Share information with one another, creating a bigger community pool of information.
  • Gain skills in boundary setting
  • Learn to separate loved one from the eating disorder
  • Increase ability to ask for help & develop a support network

Week 3: Myth that families cause eating disorders. Guest: Eating disorders therapist

Participants will:

  • Explore myths about eating disorders causes and family role.
  • learn about the HOPE Network ‘Buddy Program’ offering a free, confidential way to ‘blow off steam’ and share ideas with other family members who also cope with eating disorders.
  • Gain increased knowledge on scientific evidence about these biological brain illnesses.
  • Improve skills for embracing family conflict.

Week 4: What to say/not say. What to do/not do. Practical tools and support skills.

Participants will:

  • Grow in ability to whether change.
  • Improve caregiver skills including building bridges.
  • Increase ability to forgive self and others.
  • Explore the differences between regret and guilt.
  • Learn what to say/not say. What to do/not do when parenting a child with an eating disorder.

Week 5: Hidden loss of dreams, riding the roller-coaster of emotions. Books/resources.

Participants will:

  • recognize typical stress triggers for families coping with eating disorders.
  • learn about the family’s impact on the eating disorder, and the eating disorder’s impact on the family.
  • recognize personal stress triggers, and share success stories for handling stress.
  • learn to recognize and cope with emotional ‘dumping’.
  • Learn valuable meditation/visualization tool.
  • Express loss of dreams and learn skills to manage emotions.
  • Take home information on new resources/books/websites/groups.

Week 6: Types of treatment options. Using strengths for positive change and honoring your gifts.

Participants will:

  • Discuss typical eating disorder parenting challenges, and how those challenges differ from "normal" parenting challenges.
  • Learn about evidence based and non evidence based treatments  and effectiveness.
  • understand how the patient’s and the family’s readiness for change impacts the situation.
  • Explore caregiver and sufferer's strengths and weaknesses.
  • Become adept at using skill of acknowledgment with your child with an eating disorder.
  • Learn how to gently nudge your child rather than charge at him/her.

To obtain these services for your eating disorders treatment center or to sign up as an individual parent please contact Becky Henry at 952-451-5663.


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Book Awards

2013 - Los Angeles Book Festival - Just Tell Her to Stop won Honorable Mention in the General Non-Fiction category.

2011 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) - Just Tell Her to Stop won in the National Category for Mental Health/Psychology May 23, 2011 Awards Ceremony in NYC. :

Speaking Events

  • 12-1-15  "Eating your way through the Holidays: What to look for when working with Eating Disorders" Rivermend Health Lunch and Learn, Bonefish, St. Louis Park MN
  • 11- 2015 Caregiver Retreat - Naples, FL
  • 11-27-15 "March Against ED" Sharing the Parent Experience of Long-term Eating Disorders and Advocacy.
  • 10-15-15  HOPE: Shift Your Perspective on Supporting Those with Eating Disorders and Their Families" St. Louis Co. HHS Conference, Duluth, MN (Presented with Thea Sheldon, CPCC) ?
  • 2-21-15 “The Family Experience of Eating Disorders” Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa Conference, Des Moines, IA
  • 2-11-15 “A Former Patient and a Parent Share Perspectives on Eating Disorders” University of St. Thomas, EDAW, St. Paul, MN
  • 12-2014 - Caregiver Retreat - San Diego, CA
  • 2-1-14 “From Hopeless and Fearful, to Empowered Caregiver”, F.E.A.S.T. 3rd Annual Eating Disorders Conference in Dallas, TX 
  • May 2013 “Featured at Author evening”  At Home With Eating Disorders Conference, Brisbane, Australia
  • 10-22-12 "Preparing for Surgery. Does Weight Matter?" Twin Cities Orthopedics CEU's offered
  • 10/13/12 - Writers Rock! Workshop - Century College, St. Paul, MN - Self-Publishing Panel
  • 9/15/12 - The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN. Panel on Self-publishing and book marketing.
  • 2/23/12 - NEDAW event at The Emily Program Foundation "Art and Eating Disorders" Open Mic night.
  • 11/17/11 -  "Eating Disorders and Your Teen" Moms of Teens Group - Christ Presbyterian Church, Edina, MN
  • 11/17&18/11 -  The Lowdown on Eating Disorders From the Trenches Grand Rapids, MN Public Library 7pm & Itasca Community College12pm Both open to the public.
  • 11/3/11 -  Moderator of Q & A with Dr. James Lock, Stanford Univ. at F.E.A.S.T. Symposium, Alexandria, VA
  • 1/16/10, Minneapolis, MN” Moving the Weight Paradigm from Dread and Failure to Balance and Health" - Promoting Healthy Body Image, Eating, Fitness, and Weight, CEU Program with Kathy Kater, LICSW, Michele Gorman, MS, RD, LD, Katja Rowell, MD” 
  • 10/11&12/11 The Lowdown on Eating Disorders From the Trenches.-Timberline Knolls Treatment Center - Lemont, IL
  • 8/22/11 - Common Good Books & The Emily Program Foundation host, "Joy and Hope" - A discussion with Kathleen MacDonald of the Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) Washington, DC & Becky Henry of Hope Network" Moderated by Kitty Westin.
  • 7/12/11 - Speaker on the Family Experience - The Emily Program Foundation Recovery Night 
  • 2/13/11 -"Including Families in the Treatment of Eating Disorders-What difference does it make?" Featured Speaker - Eating Disorder Network of Maryland 5th Annual Eating Disorder Awareness Event 

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Becky Henry’s story of how she learned first-hand about eating disorders with an experience with her 14 year old daughter.

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Read ‘Testimonials’ from families I have helped and inspired as well as support from healing experts.

"Hi Becky,
Just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for all your help and support.  Your guidance and wisdom was invaluable during one of the toughest times of my life. You always listened to me and then made sure I had a goal each week to help keep myself sane through all the trials of having a child with anorexia. Your knowledge and network of information was very helpful.  I could not have gotten through it without you." ~ Toni C.

“Thank you for writing it.” I am honored to know you and am grateful for your wonderful book - which is a gift to parents.

~ Cathy Vee, Parent

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