Emotion Regulation Skills for Adolescents with Eating Disorders

Calgary Silver Linings Foundation offers an emotion regulation skills group for adolescents with eating disorders. This 8-week skills group for adolescents (14 to 17 years of age) will focus on learning and building healthy emotion regulation skills. To promote the practice of these skills at home, caregivers will attend a few sessions with their adolescent.

Emotion regulation is a person’s ability to successfully manage and respond to an emotional experience. Throughout the day, people automatically use emotion regulation strategies to cope with overwhelming situations. However, some of these strategies are healthy, and some are not. It takes time and practice to learn how to manage these overwhelming thoughts and emotions with healthy strategies.

This group will help participants to:

• learn how to be mindful of their emotions, understand when overwhelming negative emotions happen, and describe their emotions
• understand how to decrease unwanted emotions
• learn and practice healthy emotion regulation skills
• explore how emotion regulation/distress tolerance can affect eating disorder behaviours
• gain a deeper understanding of the importance of emotion regulation strategies in Recovery

This group does not differentiate between the different types of eating disorders because it is our goal to focus on the underlying emotional issues that are common to all eating disorders.

Eligibility for the group:
This is a community-based support group with limited resources and it is exepcted that struggles with suicidal ideation and any self-harm behaviours are adressed appropriately with your treatment team. Adolescents must also be medically stable. Both caregiver and adolescent must consent to participating in the group.

This support group is not therapy and is not substitute for treatment.


Next Session

Registration is now open.






Group size:


Ashley Wanamaker, R. Psych

Jan 13th to Mar 23rd (no group on Family Day)

6:00PM - 7:30PM

TBD (will be central)

$175 for 8 sessions

8-10 adolescents

14 to 17

Both forms must be completed to finalize registration. After the “Adolescent Registration”, please come back to this page to complete the “Parent Registration” and proceed to the payment page. Thank you.


Registration Fee
There is a registration fee of $175. Fees cover a portion of the cost of the group to the foundation (therapist, space rental, etc.) and are meant to make the offering of our programs sustainable over time. Contact us if you require some financial assistance.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation 15 days prior to the start of the group is eligible for a full refund. Within 15 days of the start of the group, we do not offer a refund for cancelling.

Once the group is full, email us at waitlist@silverliningsfoundation.ca to be placed on the waitlist. If we have enough registrants for another group, we will contact you by email to register.