Loved ones often find eating disorders difficult to understand and accept. There is nothing more difficult than watching a loved one struggle with illness, particularly an illness that takes control of the mind as well as the body and causes extreme disturbances in an individual’s behaviors and feelings. Whole families are affected by eating disorders, and everyone deserves support. In addition to our comprehensive, personalized treatment programs for patients, Eating Recovery Center offers programming to help educate, support and care for families of eating disordered patients.
Mission Recovery: On the Road
Connecting our Community through Hope in Recovery
Hosted by ERC's Family Institute
Mission Recovery: On the Road is an interactive day of education, encouragement and resources for eating disorder recovery. All are welcome to attend including alumni from ERC programs and other treatment facilities, family, friends, support persons, and community members who are interested in learning more about tools and resources to aid in recovery.
The day will include educational roadmap to recovery from Eating Recovery Center’s medical director Dr. Bermudez, relevant and creative breakout groups, inspiring recovery stories and easy access to recovery focused resources. We hope you’ll leave feeling encouraged and well prepared for the next step of recovery for you and/or your loved one!
June 24th - Austin, TX or September 16th - Bellevue, WA
Questions - Email Eleanor Herman Eleanor.Herman@eatingrecovery.com
Family Days at ERC
Families of patients may attend Family Days as many times as they would like, even after their loved one has discharged from treatment. Family Days is an invaluable opportunity to learn about and be involved in the recovery process, and addresses key topics:
- What are eating disorders?
- What causes versus what maintains an eating disorder?
- What does recovery look like?
- What is Eating Recovery Center doing to aid in recovery?
- What is the role of family in recovery?
- In what ways can families communicate to promote healthy interaction?
Denver Family Days:
- January 4, 5, 6, 2017
- February 1, 2, 3, 2017
- March 1, 2, 3, 2017
- April 5, 6, 7, 2017
- May 3, 4, 5, 2017
- June: May 31; June 1, 2, 2017
- July 5, 6, 7, 2017
- August 9, 10, 11, 2017
- September, 6, 7, 8, 2017
- October 4, 5, 6, 2017
- November 1, 2, 3, 2017
- December - no programming
For questions or to RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ohio Family Days:
November Family Days Information
- February 24, 2017
- May 12, 2017
- July 28, 2017
- November 17, 2017
For questions or to RSVP, please contact Rachel King, Education Specialist at email@example.com.
Washington Family Days:
- Feb. 16 – 17, 2017
- March 16 – 17, 2017
- April 6 – 7, 2017
- May 11 – 12, 2017
- June 8 – 9, 2017
- July 13 – 14, 2017
- Aug. 17 – 18, 2017
- Sept. 7 – 8, 2017
- Oct. 5 – 6, 2017
- Nov. 2 – 3, 2017
- Dec. 7 – 8, 2017
To RSVP please contact Sarah Dunnigan, Support Service Administrator at
425-326-5338 or Sarah.Dunnigan@EatingRecovery.com
California Family Days:
To RSVP, please contact Jennifer Varela at Jennifer.Varela@eatingrecovery.com
Dallas Family Days:
- June 30, 2017
- July 28, 2019
- August 25, 2017
- October 27, 2017
To RSVP, please contact Rebecca Owens at Rebecca.Owens@eatingrecovery.com
Family Days Testimonials
“Family Days was so helpful for my own self-healing and to understand/empathize with my sister.”
“Knowledge is the key to recovery and Family Days gives us the knowledge.”
“Having this opportunity to learn more about the causes, characteristics and dangers of these eating disorders has helped me tremendously to understand what my daughter has been going through and how to support her when she gets home. It has given me hope.”
“I am so glad we came to Family Days! We’ve learned so much about the Eating Recovery Center, eating disorders, and it was especially meaningful to meet members of our daughter’s therapeutic team as well as other parents and patients. I am so grateful to this facility and its staff and I am so glad that my daughter was able to come here.”
“The breadth and depth of materials discussed over the three-day Family Days Program was eye-opening. In the arena of ED, where relevant and useful information is hard to accumulate, this program was incredibly on target throughout each session. As parents, we have struggled identifying proper options in the care of our daughter who has suffered from an ED over the past eight years. The limited or disparate information from our PCP regarding effective treatment makes this difficult journey even more frustrating. Hopefully in the future, continuing education for health-care providers will pay more attention to EDs. Our daughter’s time at ERC has been the most positive things she’s experienced along this difficult journey.”
“Jen has been in and out of treatment for many years. However, no program has ever taken the time to fully educate family members like Eating Recovery Center has. Everyone with a loved one with an eating disorder should sit through this outstanding program.”
“Family Days in general was the most valuable thing that has happened to me since my daughter got her eating disorder over three (3) years ago. I only wish I could have known all of this sooner. Thank you all very, very much!”
“The information about eating disorders I learned over the past three (3) days was invaluable. I feel much more able to be compassionate, empathetic and help my daughter. I am so appreciative that I was encouraged to attend, especially since my daughter had just started on Monday. It’s like we both now have (and will obtain) the tools to get better. It was also comforting to me to know the doctors, clinicians and staff members that she is working with. It’s such a professional group. Thank you for making this possible – I know it’s a huge commitment of time to Eating Recovery Center.”
“Knowing so little about this illness, I found my participation in Family Days extremely helpful. I simply didn’t know how to deal with this, to take care of myself. I found sharing our stories with the other families was comforting. Thank you.”
“Eating Recovery Center provides a wealth of information for families struggling to support their loved one. I highly recommend Family Days for anyone on this journey.”
“What a powerful three days. I made new friends and learned so much about the eating disorder. I’m hoping to take so much home to share with other family members. The staff at Eating Recovery Center are so special. The caring – the knowledge is unbelievable – I cannot thank everyone so much for such a special time and a special learning experience. I know my loved one is cared for.”
“The greatest thing about this program is how involved the families and loved ones are allowed to be in the healing process. You can truly feel the love in this facility.”
“We came into this week knowing this program was highly recommended and we were overwhelmed with the quality of the program from top to bottom. That quality is more than the clinical approach, it is the heart of the staff in applying the approach. We came away from the family week so much better equipped to assist in my daughter’s recovery. I also came away believing my daughter could not be in a better place to help in her recovery.”