Get help. Refer a patient. Find hope. 888-364-5977


Get help. Refer a patient.
Find hope. 888-364-5977

We Support Family and Friends

The Emily Program believes involving family and friends is crucial to recovery. That’s why we strongly encourage you to be part of your loved one’s recovery and join our family-focused groups. Married, unmarried, divorced, LGBTQ, heterosexual—we’re here to help and support you. Call us now at 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977) or complete the form to schedule an eating disorder assessment for the person you love today.

Families Feel The Effects

We know that families do not cause eating disorders. We also know that eating disorders cause pain, fear, anxiety, frustration for the partner, spouse, mother, father, stepparents, siblings, children, in-laws, extended family members, friends, and others surrounding an individual who struggles with food issues. The Emily Program provides support for you, so you can best support your loved one in recovery.

Attend our Free Family & Friends Session

ED 101: Understanding Eating Disorders, Treatment, and Recovery

We know how overwhelming an eating disorder diagnosis can be for families and friends. The terminology. The process. The uncertainties. Share an evening with us to learn about eating disorders, our personalized treatment programs, and the path to recovery. Our knowledgeable staff at The Emily Program answers common concerns of families and friends facing eating disorder issues for the first time. You’ll leave with valuable resources and a better understanding of this serious mental health issue. We recommend family and friends who are new to eating disorders attend this session at least once before joining a Family & Friends Support Group for a better experience in the group.

In Minnesota:

  • St. Paul
    Second Monday of the month, quarterly 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Upcoming dates: March 5, June 11, Sept. 10, Dec 10
    The Emily Program
    2265 Como Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55108
    Click here for directions

In Washington:

  • Seattle
    Second Thursday of each month beginning at 5:00 p.m.
    Upcoming sessions: 1/11, 2/8, 3/8, 4/12, 5/10, 6/14, 7/12, 8/9, 9/13, 10/11, 12/8, 12/13
    The Emily Program
    1700 Westlake Avenue North, Suite 700
    Seattle, WA 98109
    Click here for directions
  • Spokane
    Please RSVP by calling our Spokane front desk at (509) 252-1366 ext. 2100
    Third Wednesday of each month from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
    Upcoming sessions: 1/17, 2/21, 3/21, 4/18, 5/16, 6/20, 7/18, 8/15, 9/19, 10/17, 11/21, 12/19
    The Emily Program
    2020 East 29th Avenue, Suite 200
    Spokane, WA 99203
    Click here for directions

Join a FREE Family & Friends Support Group

The Emily Program offers free evening Family and Friends Support Groups open to the public. No need to register; just drop in.

In Minnesota:

The Emily Program Foundation believes involvement of family and friends is crucial to recovery from an eating disorder. They encourage family members and friends to get the support they need through this difficult time. The Emily Program Foundation offers free Family and Friends support groups in Minnesota. The support groups are led by trained parent facilitators who have “been there." These trained parent facilitators are a wonderful resource for group members. Most of them are here due to their own personal experience with a loved one who suffered from an eating disorder.

Dates, times and locations are listed below. Call Emily Monson with questions at 651-379-6122 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Note: During poor or severe weather conditions, please call Emily Monson at 651-379-6122 to ensure that the group is still meeting.

The Friends & Family groups is facilitated by an Emily Program therapist and an experienced parent volunteer to lend both perspectives. We will have a new schedule and a new location. Please see below for details and consult the attached document to share this information.

Friends and Family of Adults

St. Louis Park
5354 Parkdale Drive, 2nd Floor
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
6:00-7:30 p.m.

  • Weekly every Wednesday

In Ohio:

  • Cleveland
    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 on April 9.
    The group meets on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m
The Emily Program
25550 Chagrin Drive, Suite 200, 
Beachwood, OH 44122
Click here for directions

In Washington:

  • Seattle
    1st & 3rd Thursday of each month, 6:00 p.m.
    Upcoming groups: 4/19, 5/3, 5/17, 6/7, 6/21, 7/5, 7/19, 8/2, 8/16, 9/6, 9/20, etc.

The Emily Program
1700 Westlake Avenue North, Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98109
Click here for directions

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Frequently Asked Questions

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