Eating Disorder Mentors are people who have recovered themselves and want to volunteer as peer support.
Similar to sponsors in 12-step programs, mentors make themselves available to mentees for ongoing support and guidance. Eating Disorders rob those affected of an essential sense of connectedness not only to their own bodies, but also to friends and loved ones, and to a sense of place and purpose in the world at large. A mentor provides a meaningful, safe, supportive relationship helping to re-establish and foster crucial connections. Mentors support clients in building a skill base for daily living that is necessary for lasting recovery.
The Institute’s training program for mentors prepares them to meet individually with mentees and to facilitate support groups, hosting a community of like-minded individuals who come together to help each other recover.
Mentors offer their services for free and are not trained to have meals with clients or to serve in the detailed capacity reserved for Certified Eating Disorder Coaches, who charge a fee.
For information on coaching see the Coaching page.
The Institute trains mentors for non-profit organizations and other groups that are interested in offering free peer support by those who have been trained to do so. For example, we train all Project Heal/Communities of Healing mentors. For information about the Project Heal Mentoring program, click here.
If you are interested in starting up a mentor program, or in having your current mentors take the Carolyn Costin Institute mentor training, please contact us for more information.
Community Counseling for Individuals and Families, Inc. is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Community Counseling for Individuals and Families, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program/course and its content. CAMFT (134625)