Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
All about EDSNA
HOW OLD IS EDSNA?
EDSNA was officially formed in April 2014. It began offering professionally-facilitated support groups in October 2014.
WHO RUNS EDSNA?
EDSNA is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. We have one paid full-time staff member: our Executive Director, Sue Huff. Sue manages all day-to-day operations, builds infrastructure and systems, leads our awareness activities, forms connections, provides guidance regarding long-term strategic planning and identifies additional sources of revenue. EDSNA has been able to achieve a remarkable amount in a very short period of time, due the countless hours by incredibly dedicated volunteers, most notably our President, Moyra McAllister.
WHERE IS EDSNA'S OFFICE LOCATED?
EDSNA doesn't have an office (yet). We rent space from others to run our support groups and our Executive Director operates out of her home. As a new nonprofit, we don't have the finances to secure our own home but hope to work towards this in the future. You can always reach us by email: info@EDSNA.ca and we will can arrange a time and place to meet.
WHERE ARE YOU GOING NEXT?
We will be opening up in Calgary in October 2016. We also now have online support available for people, so no matter where you live, you can access supports. Visit: www.EDSNA.ca/online-support.html to learn more. We wish to be a truly provincial organization, so we will work towards providing services across the province, in a variety of ways.
HOW CAN I BECOME MORE INVOLVED WITH EDSNA?
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help spread the word by sharing our website with others.
You can contact our Executive Director, Sue Huff (Sue@EDSNA.ca) and discuss how you would like to work with us.
All about our support groups
WHO ARE YOUR FACILITATORS AND WHAT ARE THEIR CREDENTIALS?
Our facilitators are all health professionals with a background in eating disorders. They are registered psychologists, registered dietitians, psychiatric nurses, registered social workers and occupational therapists. We hire people who have the skills to guide groups effectively, answer questions knowledgeably and empower people to take ownership of their own journey to recovery. We select professionals who are aligned with our philosophy that everyone in the family is impacted by eating disorders, who are non-judgmental and can provide a safe space for everyone to participate. You can learn more about our team here.
DO YOU OFFER TREATMENT? IS A DOCTOR'S REFERRAL NECESSARY?
No. We do not offer treatment or therapy. We offer support, with no doctor's referral necessary. If you feel you are affected by an eating disorder and could use some support, our door is open. We ask that all group participants read and agree to our group guidelines.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SUPPORT GROUPS, GROUP THERAPY AND TREATMENT?
Great question! Here's a page to explain this, as a lot of people are confused about the difference. Again, EDSNA offers professionally-facilitated support groups, not group therapy or treatment. We respect the work of other professionals and recognize that because eating disorders are so complex, families often need the help of many to achieve recovery.
WHY DON'T YOU OFFER SEPARATE SUPPORT GROUPS FOR PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT TYPES OF EATING DISORDERS?
We have found that individuals seeking support are able to learn from one another; even though their individual illness may manifest differently, the feelings are very similar. Also at this time, we do not have sufficient funding to offer separate groups. We receive funding from Alberta Health to provide 12 groups a year per location: 6 for people with eating disorders and 6 for people indirectly affected (family, friends, loved ones). Any additional programming would require additional funding.
WHY DO YOU CHARGE A PARTICIPANT FEE IF YOU RECEIVE FUNDING FOR THE GROUPS?
The funding we receive doesn't cover all the expenses associated with providing the support groups. As well, we feel a small participant fee helps to cement commitment to attending the group and is a recognition of the highly skilled expertise of our facilitators. If the fee is a barrier to participation, it can be waived by emailing our Executive Director. (Sue@EDSNA.ca)