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Kym Piekunka

Quieted voices: Meeting the needs of the well-sibling.

The purpose of this workshop is to identify and acknowledge the complex social and psychological circumstances faced by having a sibling with an eating disorder. Extensive research has been done on the value siblings offer within the context of recovery but little research focuses on the impact for this often overlooked population. In this webinar we will review our global sibling survey, discuss findings, and present practical ways to improve the understanding and treatment experience of siblings.

(with Bridget Whitlow)

About Kym

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As a lived-experience professional, Kym is passionate to provide siblings who have a brother or sister with an eating disorder the acknowledgment, connection, and resources they have never been afforded. To highlight this need, she has collaborated alongside clinicians, researchers, and organizations for over a decade.

In 2018 she co-created a sibling needs survey with Bridget Whitlow that has reached over 500 siblings around the world. The survey has continued to bring the sibling experience to light. That same year KymAdvocates.com was created to allow a space for siblings to share their experiences, stories, and perspectives. Along with these incredible interviews Kym’s had the privilege to educate and support hundreds of siblings and parents which has led to the Sibling Support Series. This series offers the community, peer support, and strategies designed especially for siblings!

Kym currently serves as a Community Advisor for Equip and Co-Chair for the Academy for Eating Disorders Expert by Experience Committee.