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 niamh@bodywhys.ie 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 harriet@bodywhys.ie

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, Waterford and Westmeath

Summer 2019 Update

PiLaR programmes for the first half of 2019 have now been completed. Autumn dates and locations will be announced once confirmed.

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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