Family and Friends Support

The Emily Program believes involvement of the family and friends is crucial to recovery. We know that families do not cause eating disorders. We also know that eating disorders cause pain, fear, anxiety, frustration and disruption in the lives of a loved one: partner, spouse, mother, father, stepparents, siblings, children, in-laws, extended family members, friends, and others. And we know that you want to support your loved one in recovery. That’s why we strongly encourage families to be part of recovery and offer family-focused groups. Married, unmarried, divorced, LGBTQ, heterosexual—we’re here to help and support you.

FREE Understanding Eating Disorders, Treatment, and Recovery

The Emily Program knows that there is a lot to learn about eating disorders and the treatment and recovery journey that lies ahead. Our knowledgeable staff will provide answers to common questions and concerns of families and friends “new” to eating disorders, treatment and recovery--and you’ll leave with valuable resources. We recommend family and friends who are 'new' to eating disorders attend this at least once before heading to a Family & Friends Support Group. It will give you a better understanding of eating disorders, in turn providing you a better experience in the Family & Friends Support Groups.

In St. Paul, MN: 
Second Monday of each month. Upcoming sessions: 12/8, 1/12/15, etc.
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
2265 Como Ave, St. Paul, MN

In Seattle, WA:
First Thursday of each month. Upcoming sessions: 11/6, 12/4,  etc.
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
1700 Westlake Ave N, Ste 700, Seattle, WA

FREE Family & Friends Support Group

The Emily Program offers free Family and Friends Support Groups. Open to the public, these evening support groups meet in St. Paul and St. Louis Park, MN, Woodbury, MN, Seattle, WA and Spokane, WA.

In Washington

Seattle, WA:
1st & 3rd Thursday of each month*, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at The Emily Program, 1700 Westlake Ave, Suite 700, Seattle, WA 98109. Click here for directions.
Upcoming groups are: 11/6, 11/20, 12/4, 12/18, etc.

Spokane, WA:
1st & 3rd Thursday of each month*, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at The Emily Program, 2020 East 29th Ave, Ste 200, Spokane, WA 99203. Click here for directions.
Upcoming groups are: 11/20, 12/4, 12/18, etc.
*Contact us at (509) 252-1366 before attending to ensure that there have been no changes to the time or location of the group.

In Minnesota

St. Louis Park, MN*:
2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 6:00  – 7:30 p.m. at The Emily Program, 5354 Parkdale Drive, 2nd Floor, St. Louis Park, MN 55416. Click here for directions.
Upcoming groups are: 11/27 (no meeting due to Thanksgiving holiday), 12/11, 12/25 (no meeting due to Christmas holiday), etc.

St. Paul, MN*:
1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at The Emily Program, 2265 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. Click here for directions.
Upcoming groups are: 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/17, etc.

Woodbury, MN*
1st Monday of the month from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at The Emily Program, 576 Bielenberg Drive, Suite 250, Woodbury, MN 55125. Click here for directions. 
Upcoming groups are: 12/1, 1/5/15, etc.

No need to register; just drop in.

*The Minnesota weather can be unpredictable. If the weather is bad, please call us at (651) 645-5323 to ensure that the group is still occurring. We also post cancellations on our social media. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter

In Ohio:

Cleveland, OH:
This group is open to family members and friends of loved ones who are participating in adherent DBT programs throughout the Cleveland community. It is sponsored by the nonprofit organization Eating Disorders Network (EDN) and is offered at no cost to participants, although nominal donations to EDN are accepted but not required. 

The group meets for 12-weeks. The next cycle will begin in March 2015. The group meets on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m at The Emily Program - Cleveland, 25550 Chagrin Drive, Suite 200, Beachwood, OH 44122.

Recovery Night

Bring your loved one, family, and friends to Recovery Night. Click here to learn more.