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Ophelia’s Place introduces new support programs

— The first meeting of the Breaking Free group will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 18 at Ophelia’s Place, 407 Tulip St., Liverpool. The group will meet once a month, with meetings alternating between Ophelia’s Place and The Q Center. For more information contact Tyler at 475-2430 or qcenter@aidscommunityresources.com.

Parent Partner Program

The new parent program is designed to help family, friends and caregivers better understand eating disorders. Divided over three sessions, the program focuses on a different aspect of eating disorders at each meeting. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, participants will discuss the nutritional aspects of eating disorders, including cycles, metabolic assessment and the role a nutritionist can play. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, the group will deal with the medical aspects, from the role the doctor plays to the diagnosis to treatment. Finally, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, the topic will be the mental health impact eating disorders can have. This discussion will examine the role of family and friends, recovery rates and the goals of treatment.

Wilson-Dougherty said the Parent Partner Program is an offshoot of the center’s existing friends and family support group, which meets twice a month.

“We decided to utilize one of our support group nights to present this information over a three-month period,” she said. “We hope the second monthly meeting, which will run on its normal format, will allow more discussion about the information presented earlier in the month; to give parents time to digest the information and then ask more questions.”

Each night will consist of a PowerPoint presentation that includes video clips, film, a group discussion and an interactive question-and-answer period with each presenter.

Wilson-Dougherty said groups like this are critical to aiding those suffering from eating disorders.

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