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This page explains the two Carer Courses that are available through EDV. Carer Courses run all year, and can be joined any time.

Why Carer Courses?

Caring for a loved one with an eating disorder can be an isolating and at times overwhelming experience. Our courses for carers (parents, grandparents, partners and other loved ones in caring roles) provide a structured space for practical skills-building amongst peers who understand the journey.

Courses are structured around weekly themes, so you always know what you’ll be discussing. We offer two options for carers:

  • UPSKILLsuitable for families and carers who are currently utilising a family-led refeeding (or FBT/Maudsley) approach for their child and need skills and support to manage this process. This course aims to upskill carers with practical tools to best support the person they care for.
  • RENEW – suitable for families/carers who are not currently participating in family-led refeeding and whose loved one has been unwell for an extended period of time and may be experiencing other challenges to their recovery.

We are flexible!

Whilst we encourage carers to attend the full 4/6 week course, we understand that some themes may be more relevant to your situation. You will be able to book each week separately. You are also welcome to attend multiple sessions/courses.

What’s the difference between an EDV Carer Course and EDV Carer Support Groups?

Our Carer Courses provide practical skills-based learning amongst peers who understand the experience of the support role. Each week’s theme will help facilitate group discussion and learning. In traditional support groups, the participants set the agenda by discussing whatever is on their mind in that particular moment.

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UPSKILL Carer Course

Who is the course suitable for? 

This course is suitable for families and carers who are currently utilising a family-led refeeding (or FBT/Maudsley) approach for their child.  This course aims to upskill carers with practical tools to best support the person they care for.

What does the course involve? 

The UPSKILL course runs for 6-weeks and is designed to provide skills training for families and carers who are playing an active role in refeeding their child.  

Our weekly themes are:

  • Meal Support
  • The Role of the Carer
  • Managing Distress
  • Managing Eating Disorder Behaviours
  • Boundary Setting
  • Managing the Impact of an Eating Disorder

The UPSKILL course runs weekly.   In addition to building practical skills, there will be space for sharing within the group, supported by facilitators who also have lived experience caring for a loved one with an eating disorder.

Do I have to attend to all six weeks of the course? 

No, you do not have to attend every week.  The theme of the week will be clearly specified when you book and you can attend the sessions that are relevant to your particular situation.  You will need to register for each session you are attending.

How much does it cost? 

The Upskill course is FREE to attend and open to residents of Victoria 

When is the course run? 

It runs every Wednesday from 1.30pm – 2.30pm 

Register for UPSKILL

Register your place at an upcoming UPSKILL session by following the link below.

Register for UPSKILL

RENEW Carer Course

Who is the course suitable for?

The RENEW course is suitable for families/carers who are not currently participating in family-led refeeding and whose loved one has been unwell for an extended period of time. They may be experiencing other challenges to their recovery and may or may not be living with you.

If the person you care for is under 16 and you are doing family led refeeding, please consider joining our UPSKILL course and attending the rALLY support group. 

What does the course involve? 

The RENEW course runs for 4-weeks and involves skills-based learning. Together we will think about how to support your loved one, even though you may not currently be taking an active role in their re-nourishing.  Our weekly themes are:

  • Carer Agency
  • Stages of Change
  • Boundary Setting
  • Scaffolding (encouraging you to stay connected to your loved one in the areas of their life you can have influence)

The RENEW course runs weekly with a set topic each week, over a rolling four week period.  Following the presentation on the weekly topic there will be space for shared learning amongst the group, supported by facilitators who also have lived experience caring for a loved one with an eating disorder. 

Do I have to attend to all four weeks of the course?

No, you do not have to attend every week.  The theme of the week will be clearly specified when you book and you can attend the sessions that are relevant to your particular situation.  You will need to register for each session you are attending.

How much does it cost?

The Renew course is free to attend and open to residents of Victoria 

When is it?

Every Wednesday from 11.30am-12.30pm 

Register for RENEW

Register your place at an upcoming RENEW session by following the link below.

Register for RENEW

Other support options for Carers

If our Carer Courses aren’t suitable for you, please explore the other support options that EDV has on offer.

EDV offer a range of programs and resources for carers, families and loved ones, including:

  • EDV Hub – free, confidential information, service system navigation and support
  • Telehealth Counselling: Carers – Up to five free 30-45 minute sessions with a trained mental health worker, to help carers talk through and manage their carer role and own wellbeingClick here to contact the Hub for information or referral.
  • Telehealth Nurse – free service to assist carers with accessing treatment for a loved one, locating specialised eating disorder services and health professionals and provide information and support to help people work towards recovery. 
  • rALLY Support Group – monthly online support group for loved ones who are playing an active role in the recovery of someone with an eating disorder
  • Carer resources page on our website – includes links to factsheets, videos and other support services
  • Carer workshopsEDV runs workshops for carers, focused on wellbeing, coping strategies, and problem solving skills. Please contact the EDV education team at education@eatingdisorders.org.au for more information.

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