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.

In particular, the programme addresses:

  • 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?

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 Helen McSherry, Acting Administrator, 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

2018 programmes

Dublin (St. Vincent’s University Hospital) – September 6th, 2018

**Fully Booked**

Update 13/08/18: This PiLaR is now fully booked. Please contact to put your name on a waiting list. Alternatively, New Maudsley workshops will take place in Dublin in January 2019. Details here.

Bodywhys and St. Vincent’s University Hospital invite you to attend:

St. Vincent’s University Hospital – Sept 2018 poster – PDF

When: 4 Thursdays in September (from September 6th – 27th)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Venue: Nurse Education Centre, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4.

Cork – October 4th, 2018

Bodywhys and Cork Mental Health Services you to attend:

Cork Oct 2018 PiLaR poster – PDF

When: 4 Thursdays in October (from October 4th – October 25th)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Venue: Ravenscourt Day Hospital, St. Finbarr’s Hospital Campus, Douglas Road, Cork (opposite Blood Donor Clinic).

Antrim – November 15th, 2018

Bodywhys and StampED/Northern Trust invite you to attend:

Antrim – PiLaR Nov 2018 poster – PDF

When: 4 Thursdays in November (from November 15th – December 6th)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Venue: ASDA training rooms, ASDA, 150 Junction One, International Outlet, BT41, Antrim.

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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