Mandy, Lottie and Harriet of Collective Minds are bringing together their unique skill sets to provide practical support for families facing the challenges of helping a child who has Anorexia.
Families with a young person suffering from an Anorexia can understandably feel isolated, confused, scared and overwhelmed.
In these current times, when services are stretched beyond capacity, cases of Anorexia have significantly increased, and early intervention is crucial; this group can provide knowledge, skills, support and guidance to parents that can be really valuable on the recovery journey.
This 2-day workshop is an opportunity to meet other parents/carers and hear about the ways they are managing the challenges of helping their young person recover from Anorexia and live a valued life.
The workshop is designed to include mutli-family therapy techniques to support with the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa. It will include videos, presentations, handouts, case examples and opportunities to work in small groups to problem solve and share experiences. The format of the group will be interactive and responsive to the needs of attendees.
What will be covered:
Understanding what Anorexia is and the impact it has on your young person’s physical, mental, social and emotional well-being
Understanding that Anorexia impacts the whole family and not just the young person
How to re-feed your young person
What are Anorexic behaviours and how to overcome them
Managing RESISTANCE and DISTRESS – yours and your young persons
The importance of working as a team, self-care and looking after one another – this is a marathon, not a sprint
Knowing when to pass autonomy back to your young person in a safe and gradual way – Fighting FOR your young person, until they can fight for themselves!
Understand what your young person needs to succeed
Restoring normal life for your young person and your family
When: Saturday 17 September and Saturday 24 September 2022, 9am – 4pm
- Jubilee Building, Parnell, Auckland
- or Online via Zoom
- $395 per person (early bird price until 31st of August)
- $445 per person
The workshop will be presented by:
Mandy Kavanagh-Vincent (she/her)
I am a Qualified Family Therapist with 30+ years experience in working with Couples, Individuals and Families in various public and private practice settings. Having worked in mental health services in the UK and New Zealand since 2001 and in the field of Eating Disorders since 2010; I have extensive experience of working with Children and Young People aged 5 – 18 years and their families; struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Self-harm and Eating Disorders. I have also been involved in teaching on various training programs and in running groups. I am skilled and experienced in working with distressing and challenging relationship difficulties in an honest and collaborative manner. I am committed to supporting families in making the changes they want, to improve their communication, relationships and understanding of one another. My approach is grounded in compassion, empathy, expertise and humour.
Lottie Hart (she/her)
I am a registered Social Worker and Family and Systemic Therapist. I have over 20 years experience working with children, young people and families experiencing mental ill health, both in New Zealand and London. Most recently I have specialised in Eating Disorders, working at Vincent Square Child and Adolescent Community Eating Disorder Service, The Maudsley Child and Adolescent Community Eating Disorders Service (London) and currently Tupu Ora Community Eating Disorder Service. I am passionate about working with young people and their families and believe in working collaboratively and transparently in order to support change. I know that eating disorders can wreck havoc on normal family life and/but that the resources to restore health to the young person are within the family and with support can be brought forward.
Harriet Sims (she/her)
I am from New Zealand. I grew up in Auckland and have since travelled the world meeting people and experiencing many different ways of life. For the past 12 years I have been working with young people, adults and their families to support them with physical and mental health challenges. I have worked in a specialist eating disorder service for the past 4 years providing both individual and family therapy. I have experience in providing family therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT). I like to work in creative and adaptable ways. This means I understand there is no one size fits all approach. I am passionate about making mental health care accessible and easy to understand.