Free Pilar Programme for Families

Why do we provide this programme?

Supporting family and parents has always been a core aspect of our work. As such, we now offer parents and families a free four week (1 evening per week) structured programme, incorporating both psycho-education and support, as well as practical advice and skills to help you support your family member towards recovery.

What do we focus on?

  • Understanding eating disorders
  • Understanding the mindset of a person, how to manage at home
  • Dealing with meal times, routines, different behaviours and triggers
  • Recovery – what is the recovery process and how does it happen?
  • Coping with relapse
  • Communication, active listening skills
  • Dealing with rejection/shut down/anger
  • How does change happen?
  • Helping a person to accept help

Who can attend?

Parents, carers, grandparents, siblings, partners / spouses and friends supporting someone affected by an eating disorder are welcome to attend.

The PiLaR programme is not designed for professionals, nor is it CPD training.

Places are FREE, but booking is essential

  • If you wish to book a place as a parent, carer or family member, please contact Niamh Clarke or the Bodywhys office on 01-2834963.

PiLaR Programme in your area

Since 2014, the programme has been delivered in Athlone, Carlow/Kilkenny, Cavan/Monaghan, Cork, Dublin (Cabra; Linn Dara – Cherry Orchard; Dublin North City & County – Swords; Stillorgan and St. Vincent’s University Hospital), Galway, Kerry, Limerick, Mayo, Sligo, Tipperary and Waterford.

  • If you work for the HSE, or a community organisation, and wish to request PiLaR in your area, please contact Harriet Parsons, Training and Development Manager, 01-2834963

Laois – February 28th, 2019

When: 4 Thursdays in February /March – starting Thursday, February 28th

Where: Portlaoise Parish Centre, Portlaoise, Co Laois.

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Laois 2019 poster – PDF

Booking: Places are FREE, but booking is essential. Please contact Niamh Clarke, 01-2834963,

Longford/Westmeath – March 28th, 2019

When: 4 Thursdays in March/April – starting Thursday, March 28th

Where: Mullingar Park Hotel, Dublin Road, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Westmeath 2019 poster – PDF

Booking: Places are FREE, but booking is essential. Please contact Niamh Clarke, 01-2834963,

Contact me about future PiLaR programmes

Your name will be added to a list to be contacted in the event the programme comes to your county. Your personal information is not circulated outside of Bodywhys.

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