NEDIC Events

These events may be of interest to individuals who have a personal or professional interest in eating disorders, body image, self-esteem, and related subjects. As we are a Canadian organization, most of these events, groups, conferences, and seminars are in Canada. 

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Zest for Life

Zest for Life is NEDIC's annual fundraiser. It is held in October of every year. This year, it is on Wednesday October 16th.  Visit for tickets and more!


NEDIC’s biennial body image and self-esteem conference is an interdisciplinary event that brings together dietitians, educators, fitness professionals, mental health clinicians, nurses, researchers, and individuals who have experienced eating disorders. Attendees come from across Canada to learn from a rich and varied lineup of speakers, sharing current research and its real-world application. #NEDIC2019 was held at the Chestnut Conference Centre in Toronto on May 9 & 10, 2019!  


  • Silver Linings Foundation


    NEW support group for individuals ages 18 and older experiencing Binge Eating Disorder -


    For parents and loved ones -


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  • Parent Support Group for Parents of Children with Eating Disorders

    Join us for a monthly support group for parents who have children suffering from eating disorders or who have an adolescent transitioning to adult care. Each month we share information and encourage each other. Guest speakers share their knowledge and insights to equip parents with tools to successfully work with their children. The group supplies hope, inspiration and strength. 
    The facilitator is a mother whose child is an eating disorder survivor. She knows first hand how hard it is to provide the support and effective treatment children need to beat eating disorders. She also knows that eating disorders can be cured and she encourages and supports parents as they support their children

    Each session is informal, and we encourage you to drop in or come for the whole evening. The motto is: 

    You’ve got THIS! 

    • The future 

    2019 Dates: 
    January 3 
    July 4 
    February 7 
    August 1 
    March 7 
    September 5 
    April 4 
    October 3 
    May 2 
    November 7 
     June 6 
    December 5 

    Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. 
    Fortinos’ Community Room, 
    1579 Main St W, 
    Hamilton, ON L8S 1E6

    Techiya Loewen, 
    Family Peer Support Worker 
    Text: 519-774-9835 
    E-mail: phoenix.wings.ed.recovery@

  • Trillium Health Partners (Credit Valley Hospital) Family Education Day

    The team at Trillium Health Partners (Credit Valley Hospital) in Mississauga would like to share with you that there are limited spaces available to attend their Family Education Day being held on Saturday October 19, 2019.

    The group is intended for family members of individuals suffering from bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, or other specified eating disorder. The program is designed to provide information on the nature of eating disorders and to offer suggestions on how to cope more effectively with the behavioral and emotional issues that arise in family relationships.  The group does not address individual family dynamics in detail, but rather, provides information in general terms

    Who Can Participate?
    Those eligible to participate include parents, siblings (age 16 and over), partners/spouses, boyfriends/girlfriends, relatives and, where relevant, close friends of individuals with the eating disorders. Individuals with eating disorders are not eligible to participate in this seminar.  Significant others may participate regardless of whether the individual with the eating disorder is receiving treatment and regardless of that individual’s age.  On occasion, a limited number of professionals may be present to observe the group for ongoing professional development. 

    For more information about the event and details on how to register, please enlarge the image above. Families (and professionals) can register by contacting

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  • Looking Glass BC Online Peer Support

    Looking Glass BC Online Peer Support: 

  • Sage and Spoon

    Join the only ONLINE support group specifically for Black, Indigenous, People of Color who are struggling with disordered eating or eating disorders

    Nalgona Positivity Pride is proud to host SAGE AND SPOON, a free support group that meets once a month online.


    Body Peace Conference



    October 4, 5, 6 2019. 9am-7pm EST. For the schedule, please click here.

    Body Peace is a first-of-its-kind virtual body image and Eating Disorders conference. Taking place October 4th-6th and hosted by Body Brave Canada and National Initiative for Eating Disorders, the Body Peace Conference seeks to create a space where individuals can receive practical training and information about eating disorders and body image. Focusing on the value of lived experience as evidence, this year’s conference will bring together survivors, caregivers, and health professionals to learn from keynotes, speakers, and panels, as well as from each other. Accredited training sessions and a certificate of completion are available for healthcare professionals!


    Non-profit organizations Body Brave, National Initiative for Eating Disorders ( have teamed up to bring you Body Peace 2019! We have also partnered with the Waterloo-Wellington Eating Disorders Coalition to bring you some of the training sessions and workshops.

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  • Emotion-Focused Family Therapy Clinician Training

    The essence of EFFT is to increase the positive role of caregivers in their child’s recovery, regardless of their age, level of motivation or involvement in formal treatment themselves. The clinician’s role is to support parents and caregivers to increase their involvement in specific ways – including recovery coaching, emotion coaching and relationship repair. The model also involves a module for clinicians to support caregivers to identify, understand, and transform “emotion blocks” that lead to therapy-interfering attitudes or behaviours.

    The training model is designed to introduce newcomers to the approach and give them a working experiential knowledge of the model. Those with previous experience will have the opportunity to grow their expertise, increase and deepen their experiential practice, and further expand their skillset.

    This training includes experiential components and participants will learn techniques that can be integrated into existing treatment models. 

    Background/experience in family therapy is not necessary.

    This is an excellent learning opportunity for medical professionals including dieticians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, educators and others who interact with individuals, parents and/or families.

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  • The 28th Annual Renfrew Center Foundation Conference for Professionals

    The 28th Annual Renfrew Center Foundation Conference for Professionals 
    Feminist Relational Perspectives and Beyond: 
    Cultivating Hope in an Age of Disconnection 
    NOVEMBER 9 - 11, 2018 
    Philadelphia Airport Marriott 
    17.5 CEs/CMEs Offered 

    Many eating disorder clients are experiencing unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety in a polarized society where anger, prejudice, loss of civility, bullying and threats to personal safety create an atmosphere of distrust and disconnection.  Practitioners are tasked with helping clients navigate their way through emotionally-charged times by providing them with optimism, prompting dialogue that supports diverse needs and creating a sense of community. Conference 2018 will focus on evidence-based strategies, clinically relevant research and development of skills for building resilience. 

    Keynote Presentations: 
    Shame and Survival 
    Monica Lewinsky 

    Good and Mad: The Power of Anger 
    Rebecca Traister 

    Hope for the Future: Reinventing the Way We Work With Millennials 
    Ron Taffel, PhD 

    Psychotherapy Research for the People: Can Feminism and Science Co-exist? 
    Heather Thompson-Brenner, PhD (Moderator) 
    Amy Banks, MD 
    Stephen Wonderlich, PhD 

    Featured Workshops: 
    The Barbara M. Greenspan Memorial Lecture  
    Embodied Journeys: Interconnected Pathways for Healing 
    Niva Piran, PhD, CPsych, FAED 
    This workshop explores the complex body journeys of girls and women, as described by the feminist developmental theory of embodiment, and validated in 171 interviews of diverse female subjects. The theory reveals paths for compassionate healing, and opens new possibilities for engagement with the world. 

    Social Justice and Eating Disorders: Let’s Move Forward Together 
    Marcella Raimondo, PhD, MPH & Andrea LaMarre, MSc 
    This workshop asks participants to reflect, authentically, on how to best create eating disorders treatment equity. 

    Functional Analytic Psychotherapy: Increasing the Potency of the Therapeutic Relationship 
    Whitney Graff, PsyD 
    This workshop describes the fundamentals of FAP, illustrates its techniques with experiential exercises and applies FAP formulae to the treatment of eating disorders. 

    Keeping Hope Alive: Working with Severe and Enduring Anorexia Nervosa 
    Laura Weisberg, PhD 
    This workshop explores the experience of working with this patient population, the emotional challenges that can arise and what, in spite of all, treating clinicians may still be able to provide. 

    Discovering Connection in a Disconnected World 
    Jaime Kaplan, PsyD 
    This workshop illustrates how clinicians can help eating disorder clients become more authentically visible, in both the real and the digital world. 

    For more information or to register please visit or contact Kavita Patel at 1-877-367-3383 or  


  • Kernel of Wisdom Support Groups

    In Kernel of Wisdom’s 2 ED group options, clients benefit from: feedback on meals and mechanical eating; support to challenge feared foods and rules; peer sharing and connection; processing and guidance from professional facilitators; skill development in areas such as emotion regulation, urge surfing, or mindful eating; and similar insights and benefits as one gains in individual counselling.


    Date + Time: Monday evenings, 7pm-8:30pm
    Location: 235 Broadview Ave, Unit 4, TORONTO
    Duration: 75 minutes


    Date + Time: Friday afternoons, 12pm-1:00pm
    Online Webinar “Room” Software/Application: ZOOM conferencing (see
    Duration: 55 minutes

    All participants must be screened and approved by Joelle prior to starting. Groups will be capped at 8 participants. Enrollment will occur ongoing, as spaces become available.


    LIVE LIFE Unfiltered

    An event by the WaterStone Foundation for Eating Disorders and WE Well-Being on Saturday, October 5th from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Reserve your spots for in-person or online attendance at: 
    Registration closes Tuesday October 1st, 2019

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    NIED Symposium: Mothers with Eating Disorders

    Monday, September 23, 2019


    Doors Open: 7:00 pm
    Event: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    For more information and to RSVP, email
    Click here to register for free via Eventbrite

    Mothers With Eating Disorders.

    Parents who struggle with body image, disordered eating, and Eating Disorders face unique challenges that are often overlooked. These include barriers to accessing appropriate health care, a fear of child protection services and difficulty carrying out daily parenting tasks.

    Gain insights from a panel of lived experience mothers looking for judgement-free mental health supports so that they can be the best caregivers that they want to be.

    Miles Nadal JCC
    750 Spadina Avenue (at Bloor St. W.)
    Toronto, Ontario
    M5S 2J2

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    Click here to register for free via Eventbrite



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