You know me. I’ve been an international advocate for parents for more than 10 years now. I’ve worked with eating disorder professionals, researchers, advocates and the public to raise awareness of evidence-based treatment and parent inclusion. You know the organizations I helped found: F.E.A.S.T., Maudsley Parents, and Charlotte’s Helix. You may even have been there when I received one of the greatest honors of my life: the Meehan/Hartley Award for Public Service and/or Advocacy from the Academy for Eating Disorders.
You have often served alongside me as we’ve lobbied, organized conferences, and worked on projects like the World Wide Charter for Action on Eating Disorders and World Eating Disorder Day.
For years now I’ve been honored to be brought in to give feedback on clinic policies, to review literature, teach classes, and provide my perspective as a longtime parent peer mentor and advocate. I did this happily, and as a volunteer, with as much time as I could spare from my life as a mother and a writer.
Now, it really is my full-time job. I am very pleased to announce Circum Mensam, the company through which I am offering consulting services to clinics, individual clinicians, and organizations. It will be the same work – analysis, troubleshooting, educating – but with the benefit of my many years of relationships and travel and insider knowledge of the clinical and the family side of eating disorder treatment and the freedom to travel and focus on the provider side of the equation.
I am pleased, in fact tickled, to report that although I am only now announcing the company I have already been working with clients and hired for engagements in 2017.
I want to work with you. I look forward to helping you and your organization improve outcomes through mobilizing parents during treatment. I believe in and have seen the power of effective clinical-family teamwork. I am all too familiar with the logistical and training barriers to implementing family centered care. I know the difficulties that come with changing paradigms and getting teams on the “same page.”
AND, more news. I now host a podcast called New Plates, which will spotlight some of the excellent work going on around the world in family-centered care for eating disorders. You will hear from leaders in the field and from professionals just starting out. And of course, from families who have benefited from excellent family-inclusive care.
I hope you will listen, and perhaps BE MY GUEST on the show. I learn from all of you every day and I see the lifesaving, future-saving, family-saving work you do. I look forward to sharing your voices and your wisdom.
Laura (Collins) Lyster-Mensh
Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh