Free Pilar Programme for Families

Evaluation by UCD

Evaluation by Prof. Fiona McNicholas and Dr. Ingrid Holme, UCD

Why do we provide this programme?

Supporting family and parents has always been a core aspect of our work. As part of this, we 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, 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. Over 600 family members have attended the programme.

The PiLaR programme is not designed for health professionals, clinicians or therapists – 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.

Requesting a PiLaR Programme in your area/service

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

Since 2014, the programme has been delivered in:

  • Antrim, Athlone, Carlow/Kilkenny, Cavan/Monaghan and Cork
  • Dublin – Cabra; Linn Dara – Cherry Orchard; Dublin North City & County – Swords; Stillorgan, and St. Vincent’s University Hospital
  • Galway, Kerry, Laois, Limerick and Mayo
  • Sligo, Tipperary and Waterford

Dublin – May 2nd 2019 – Fully Booked

**Update April 15th**

This programme is now fully booked and there is a waiting list.

Please contact Niamh Clarke for further information

When: 4 Thursdays in May, starting May 2nd

Where: Nurse Education Centre, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4

Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Booking: Places are FREE, but booking is essential.

Please contact Niamh Clarke, 01-2834963,

St. Vincent’s University Hospital – May 2019 poster – PDF

Limerick – May 2nd 2019

When: 4 Thursdays in May, starting May 2nd

Where: Clayton Hotel Limerick, Steamboat Quay, Limerick

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Booking: Places are FREE, but booking is essential.

Please contact Niamh Clarke, 01-2834963,

Limerick – May 2019 poster – PDF

Cork – June 6th 2019

When: 4 Thursdays in June, starting June 6th.

Where: Ravenscourt Day Hospital, St. Finbarr’s Hospital Campus, Douglas Road, Cork (opposite Blood Donor Clinic)

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Booking: Places are FREE, but booking is essential.

Please contact Niamh Clarke, 01-2834963,

Cork – June 2019 poster – PDF

Other options – Maudsley Training workshops

There are also free New Maudsley Training workshops for families coming to South Tipperary (June 8th/9th). These workshops are open to parents, carers, family members and clinicians.

Further details here

Please contact Niamh Clarke, 01-2834963, to book a FREE place.

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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