We recognize that educators have an immense impact on the lives of their students and have a lot to balance in their everyday lives. Our goal is to provide you with the tools to offer support to students, the information to make informed decisions, and assist in fostering a school culture that celebrates natural physical diversity, helps students trust and appreciate their bodies, and recognizes all of the values food brings to our lives. NEDIC has delivered professional development tailored to educators and school support staff since 2013, and have developed the offerings below to help us better meet your needs.
We have developed two educational offerings geared to educators. The first focuses on spotting the signs of disordered eating and eating disorders and supporting students who are affected. We'll be sharing standard best practices in health and educational policy to give you the tools you need to act in a responsible and compassionate manner. The second is geared towards school climate and curriculum, and is fully customizable. Choose any of the seven available topics topic(s) that addresses the needs of you and your colleagues.
Please note that there is no requirement to complete the workshops sequentially (e.g., if your group is only interested in booking the second workshop, there is no prerequisite knowledge required from the first).
Workshop #1: Spotting the signs and supporting students who are affected
This 60 to 90-minute presentation provides educators with:
Workshop #2: Discussing practical curriculum and school strategies to support our youth
This presentation includes seven topics to choose from. After selecting this workshop on our booking form, you will receive an email from a NEDIC team member asking you to indicate your selected topics. You can mix and match as many as you’d like.
The Intersectionality of Eating Disorders: Making School a Safe Space
Media Literacy and Life Skills
Addressing Body-Based Bullying
Promoting a School Culture of Health at Every Size
Body Image and Mental Well-being
Exercise and Movement
Food and Nutrition at School
We believe that money should never be a barrier to providing crucial education to communities in need and have the ability to offer a majority of our school-based programming for free. If the school has an existing fund to bring in guest speakers, we provide workshop fees on a sliding scale to directly cover costs related to preparation of tailored content, staffing, and travel for each presentation. We are more than happy to work with you to determine a fee that makes our programming accessible to your context.
Have More Questions?
Contact Ary Maharaj, Outreach and Education Coordinator
Phone: 416-340-4800 ext. 2660
We offer two customizable workshop options for teachers and school support staff so that you and your colleagues can learn the skills and tools you need. One focuses on supporting students in need, while the other engages educators and administrators in a conversation about taking a whole-school approach to eating disorder prevention, including policies and curriculum.
Our interactive workshops for elementary and middle school students are appropriate for students in Grades 4 through 8. We’ll explore ways students can appreciate all that their body does, reflect on all the values food brings into our lives, shed light on pervasive media messaging, and converse about communicating care to themselves and the people around them.
Our workshops for students in Grades 9 through 12 dive deep into spotting (and then rejecting!) diet culture. We’ll reveal the sticky truth of many social media posts, engage in critical discussions about conversations centred around "health", share information about the importance of food, and share resources for students to help their peers if they notice a concern.
Our parent panels are designed for your local community, creating a safe space for caregivers to share their concerns while empowering them with resources to support the well-being of their children. We organize these in collaboration with partner organizations, such as school parent councils, local school boards, community organizations, and interested groups of parents. Panelists include youth with lived experience, fellow parents, and mental health practitioners arranged by our team to reflect the needs of the local community.
In line with national post-secondary mental health strategies and frameworks, our team has created two educational workshops and a social media campaign that have been delivered to post-secondary communities across eight provinces and territories over the last two years. Whether you are a group of student wellness ambassadors looking to relay information in an ED-sensitive way, a team of campus counsellors looking for best practices, or coordinating a wellness summit on campus, our facilitators can tailor our virtual programming to meet your needs.
Our workshops aim to help people recognize disordered eating, reflect on their internalized weight stigma, respond compassionately with someone experiencing disordered eating, and navigate to different pathways to care. For mental health providers, we share latest practices on assessment and time-limited strategies to support your work. We can deliver in-person presentations to clinics, teams, or organizations based in the Greater Toronto Area, and virtual presentations via Zoom to anyone across the country.