The Collaborative Care Skills Class for The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt works with families and significant others of patients to provide support and practical advice to gain a better understanding of the illness. It teaches specific skills and techniques to help with the recovery process. We view families and friends as our greatest allies in the treatment process. Our common goal: recovery.

The Collaborative Care Skills Class is offered on Saturdays from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in room C-305 (Kent Conference Room) in the Central Building at Sheppard Pratt's Towson Campus.

Who can attend?

This group is available to family members, significant others, and friends who have a loved one currently being treated in our inpatient or partial hospitalization program and are involved in caring for this person. This group is considered essential for parents of minor children – but it is also very valuable and strongly recommended for parents of adult children, spouses/significant others, and friends.

What happens in a typical group meeting?

The Collaborative Care Group offers straightforward guidance for families and caregivers through a structured classroom environment. Practical skills are taught to caregivers to help manage their personal reaction to the illness and to provide an emotionally supportive environment to learn. Principals of motivational interviewing are taught to help understand readiness for change and moving forward in treatment. Other topics covered include distress tolerance skills, communication styles, and self-care techniques for caregivers. 

This group is based on the research of Dr. Janet Treasure of Guy’s Hospital in London, UK.

How often should I attend this group?

The group offers four learning modules with one module being covered each week. The recommendation is to attend all the modules offered during your family member/friend’s inpatient and partial hospitalization treatment.  

For additional information regarding the Collaborative Care Group, please contact Kelly Kurtz, LMSW at 410-938-5479 or Dina Wientge, LCSW-C at 410-938-5455. You do not have register for this group.