About the training

The training will require you to attend for the full weekend (Saturday and Sunday 9.30am – 4.30pm). There is a cost of £50 to attend the training, but this fee covers both parents, and any siblings who wish to attend.

You can also purchase a copy of The New Maudsley book for a cost of £15 each, which supports the training you will receive on the day.

What you can expect

Every course is delivered by two facilitators, both of which are qualified counsellors. All of our fightED facilitators received in-depth training in the New Maudsley Model by Gill Todd (RMN MSc), one of the co-founders of the course.

The course has given me increased self-confidence and an increased knowledge base. It has reignited me in my resolve to improve our family life. Thank you so much fightED – you are all so inspirational!

The course is delivered in a confidential and supportive environment. We limit the number so that each person can be heard and have the space to explore their own situation. The course has recently received a certificate of quality assurance from the National Counselling Society.

Day 1

The first day of the course explores the difficulties in being a carer, what eating disorders are, causes of ED, self-care and caring styles.

Day 2

The second day is much more interactive, with parents/carers learning enhanced communication skills, the psychology of change, how to deal with conflict, how to promote recovery and the day involves a lot of skills practice and exercises.

Delivered by Debbie Howard, a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, with a Diploma in Eating Disorder Practitioner Skills from NCFED. Having battled with an eating disorder herself, Debbie provides incredible insight into the mind of someone with an ED. You can read more about Debbie’s story here.

Tea and coffee facilities are available throughout the course, however you are advised to bring lunch for both days as this is not provided.


So far the fightED team have had trained and helped over 200 families, across NI and ROI.