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Men of F.E.A.S.T.

 

Welcome to Men of F.E.A.S.T.!

Men of F.E.A.S.T. is a dedicated community for fathers and male caregivers supporting loved ones with eating disorders. Our mission is to provide a safe space for men to share experiences, access resources, and offer support to one another.

Why was this group created?

Eating disorders can affect individuals and families in profound ways, and the journey of caregiving often requires unique support systems. Fathers and male caregivers play a crucial role in the recovery process, yet they may face distinct challenges and barriers in seeking help and finding community support. Men of FEAST aims to break down the stigma and isolation often felt by male caregivers, fostering a supportive environment where they can openly discuss their concerns and learn from one another.

The group was established to address these challenges by providing a dedicated space where male caregivers can:

  • Share their experiences without judgment.
  • Gain insights from others who understand their specific struggles.
  • Explore opportunities to connect with others facing similar challenges.
  • Access resources and tools that are tailored to their roles as fathers and male caregivers.

Join Us

Learn new skills, ask questions, benefit from support, and become part of our Men of FEAST community!
2024 Meetings:

  • June 6 and 27
  • July 11
  • August 1
  • August 15 and 29
  • September 19
  • October 3

All meetings are held via Zoom at 10:00 am PT US (6 pm in the UK). Use this link to join:

Please contact kevin@feast-ed.org for further information!

 

Men of FEAST Learning Library

Below is our collection of videos designed to provide valuable information and support to our members. Click on the links to watch the videos.

Title Description Link
Video 1
Distress Tolerance
An introduction to Men of FEAST, including information about distress tolerance as a skill-building exercise Watch Video
Video 2
Self care
Techniques and practices for maintaining personal well-being and preventing caregiver burnout Watch Video
Video 3
Magic Plate / Broken Record
Strategies for maintaining consistent boundaries and communication techniques for caregivers Watch Video
Video 4
Validation
The importance of validating emotions and experiences in both caregivers and loved ones as part of the caregiver’s journey Watch Video
Video 5
Moving Forward
Planning and for continuous progress in caregiving and recovery, always moving forward  Watch Video
Video 6
DBT Chain Analysis
A discussion about the chain analysis tool as part of the dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) toolkit Watch Video
Video 7
Distress Tolerance
Techniques for managing intense emotions and crises using distress tolerance skills in the service of recovery  Watch Video
Video 8
Distress Tolerance / Specific Skills
A review of the half-smile and willing hands skills as part of the DBT toolkit Watch Video
Video 9
School, Stress, and Emotion
More information about the DBT model of emotion as it relates to school and stress Watch Video
Video 10
Doing Mind and Being Mind
Balance between two aspects of the mind in caregiving for loved ones Watch Video
Video 11
Accumulating Positive Emotions
Strategies for building positive emotional experiences and enhancing overall well-being Watch Video
Video 12
Externalizing the Eating Disorder
Techniques for separating the eating disorder from the individual’s identity to better address the illness Watch Video
Video 13
“Dear Man” Skills
A review and examination of the “Dear Man” skill as part of DBT Watch Video
Video 14
Parental ABCs / the ABLE Mindset
An introduction to parental approaches and mindsets that support effective caregiving Watch Video
Video 15
Interpersonal Effectiveness
Skills for maintaining healthy relationships and effective communication Watch Video
Video 16
Walking the Middle Path
Balancing acceptance and change in caregiving and supporting recovery Watch Video