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For Parents/Caregivers/Recovery Allies

Superfeelers: What is a Superfeeler?

Emotion Coaching: Learning How to Listen and Better Understand Our Loved Ones 

Behavior Coaching: How to Change Problematic Symptoms and Behaviors 

Validation Sentence Stems: Cheat Sheet on ways to start validating statements 

Validating Anger: How to Validate Anger in a Loved One 

Validating Silence: How to Validate Silence or No Response

Animal Models: Understanding how we show both our caretaking and emotional responses to our loved ones

Parenting Dimensions: A self-assessment to start you on healing and breaking parenting patterns that get in the way 

In the news

Dr. Michelle Emmerling talking about the impacts of the pandemic on Eating Disorders and the need for resources like Alberta Wellness Center for Eating Disorders

Anorexia in my house: New Edmonton workshops provide support for families affected by eating disorders

Podcast: Strength and Grace: Off the Mat: Episode 5: Join Meg of Navina Yoga for this episode as she sits down with Dr. Michelle Emmerling

Webinar: Presentation for Physicians and Nurses “Working Effectively & Compassionately with Eating Disorders” In Partnership with Katie Poirier and The Nourish Collective 

Poem written about the Eating Disorder Recovery Journey by a client to help validate and support the recovery process for others

Dr. Emmerling’s contributions to the book – Inspire Me Well: Finding Motivation to Take Control of Your Health

Excellent Therapeutic Books

Deeper Self-Awareness and Understanding

When Things Fall Apart – Pema Chodron

How can we live our lives when everything seems to fall apart – when we are continually overcome by fear, anxiety, and pain? The answer, Pema Chödrön suggests, might be just the opposite of what you expect. Here, in her most beloved and acclaimed work, Pema shows that moving toward painful situations and becoming intimate with them can open up our hearts in ways we never before imagined. 

Untamed – Glennon Doyle

In her most revealing and powerful memoir yet, the activist, speaker, best-selling author, and “patron saint of female empowerment” (People) explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet others’ expectations and start trusting the voice deep within us.

Inward – Yung Pueblo

Inward is a collection of poetry, quotes, and prose that explores the movement from self-love to unconditional love, the power of letting go, and the wisdom that comes when we truly try to know ourselves. It serves as a reminder to the listener that healing, transformation, and freedom are possible.

The Journey from Abandonment to Healing – Susan Anderson

Designed to help all victims of emotional breakups–whether they are suffering from a recent loss, or a lingering wound from the past; whether they are caught up in patterns that sabotage their own relationships, or they’re in a relationship where they no longer feel loved. From the first stunning blow to starting over, it provides a complete program for abandonment recovery.

Health and Wellness

The Myth of Normal – Gabor Mate 

Gabor Maté’s internationally bestselling books have changed the way we look at addiction and have been integral in shifting the conversations around ADHD, stress, disease, embodied trauma, and parenting. Now, in this revolutionary book, he eloquently dissects how in Western countries that pride themselves on their health care systems, chronic illness and general ill health are on the rise. So what is really “normal” when it comes to health?

Parenting and Caregiving

What to Say When Nothing Works: A Practical Guide For Parents and Caregivers

Offers parents an effective, step-by-step guide to some of the most common struggles for kids aged 5–12. Written by mental health professionals with over 30 years’ experience listening to kids’ thoughts and feelings, this book provides a framework to explore new ways of responding to your child that will help them calm down faster and boost their resilience to stress.

The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting: Raising Children with Courage, Compassion, and Connection – Brene Brown

Dr. Brené Brown invites us on a journey to transform the lives of parents and children alike. Drawing on her 12 years of research on vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame, she presents ten guideposts to creating what she describes as “wholehearted” families where each of us can continually learn and grow as we reach our full potential.

Parenting From the Inside Out – Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell

Child psychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and early childhood expert Mary Hartzell, M.Ed., explore the extent to which our childhood experiences shape the way we parent. 

Parent-Led CBT for Child Anxiety: Helping Parents Help Their Kids – Creswell, Parkinson, Thuruwall, & Willetts

Parents can play a strong role in helping their children overcome anxiety disorders–given the right tools. This innovative, research-based book shows clinicians how to teach parents cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques to use with their 5- to 12-year-old. 

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child – John Gottman

Dr. John Gottman explores the emotional relationship between parents and children, and offers insight into parenting styles and emotional self-awareness, including the steps to emotion coaching. Chapters also cover divorce, fathering, and age-based emotional development.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk – Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

This book starts with one of our favourite concepts – we should help children deal with their emotions before jumping in “to fix”. Oftentimes, strong emotions, especially negative ones, cannot be brushed aside or “fixed” by another. Instead, children need our help learning to deal with them and this book provides a framework to do so.

The Whole-Brain Child – Dan Siegel

Dr. Daniel Siegel and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson explain the new neuroscience about children’s brains – how they are wired and mature. They make the information relatable and give tangible examples of how parents can support right and left brain integration, which helps foster vital growth for children’s success.

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain – Dan Siegel

Dr. Daniel Siegel explains how parents and teens alike can better understand the neurological changes that occur during adolescence (ages 12-24) in order to decrease conflict and form closer relationships.

 No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind- Dan Siegel & Tina Payne

Defining the true meaning of the “d” word (to instruct, not to shout or reprimand), the authors explain how to reach your child, redirect emotions, and transform a meltdown into an opportunity for growth. By doing so, the cycle of negative behavior (and punishment) is essentially brought to a halt, as problem solving becomes a win/win situation.

Video Resources

Why We Want You!

In this video, Dr. Adele Lafrance teaches the scientific rationale for parent/caregiver/recovery ally involvement in the treatment of mental health issues.

Compassionate Listening

Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh says listening can help end the suffering of an individual, put an end to war and change the world for the better. Watch as he explains how to practice compassionate listening. 

Empathy vs. Sympathy

What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.

Brene Brown on Shame

You are probably a bit of a blamer – most of us are. But why should we give it up? In this witty sequel to our most watched RSA Short, inspirational thinker Brené Brown considers why we blame others, how it sabotages our relationships, and why we desperately need to move beyond this toxic behaviour.

Validation 101

Phil from Modern Family learning about and demonstrating empathy.

It’s Not About The Nail

“Don’t try to fix it. I just need you to listen.”

No Two Children Have the Same Parent

Gabor Mate explaining why every child has a unique Set of experiences

Alfred and the Shadow: A Short Story About Emotions

Alfred is in love. He is also angry, shameful, scared, sad and lonley. His good friend Joy supports him in his constant fight against Shadow. Join the fight! And maybe you will discover something new about your own emotions along the way.

Alfred and Shadow: A Short Story About Loneliness

This film is all about loneliness. The film tries to explain what loneliness is, and the difference between helpful and problematic loneliness. Some of us fear rejection more than others. This fear can make us cling to unhealthy relationships or avoid getting close to others – even though that is what we long for and need. How can we emotionally reconnect with people when we feel alone and fear lonely abandonment?

Alfred and the Shadow: A Short Story About Self-Criticism

This is a small educational film that demonstrates how our inner critic can make us feel ashamed of who we are and make us feel lonely and down. We need our inner self-critic and we need shame