Conversations with a Food Allergy Counselor

 Our "third Thursday" webinar series offers holistic support to patients with food allergy, and their families. 

Clinical social worker Kim Menzel, LMSW, ACSW, is an integral member of the Michigan Medicine Food Allergy Clinic care team, thanks to a grant via the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center -- the research hub devoted to food allergy.

Kim meets with all patients and their families to manage anxiety, identify gaps in food allergy knowledge, and develop coping strategies. As one of a handful of clinics nationwide to include a behavioral specialist on its staff, the U-M clinic is at the forefront of this holistic approach to food allergy management.

To extend this important support beyond the clinic, the MHWFAC is sponsoring the "Conversations with a Food Allergy Counselor" webinar series, featuring Kim and special guests who can help families be careful -- but not fearful -- in managing food allergy. 

Topics range from food allergy-related anxiety, managing a new diagnosis of food allergy or FPIES, navigating treatment, transitions to school and university, and coping strategies to reduce the everyday stress of both caregivers and individuals with food allergy. You will leave each session with new skills and information to immediately apply to everyday situations. Sessions are interactive and based on audience suggestions. Appropriate for all ages and stages of food allergy management.  Webinars are conducted via Zoom.

Generally scheduled for the third Thursday of each month at 4pm ET, these webinars are open to the general public.  Recordings are posted on the MHWFAC YouTube channel, and a companion blog featuring more coping and skills-building tips will launch shortly.  Click here to sign up for our e-mail updates.

Next session:

September 17: Who's stressed? Immediate coping tools for school/work/life during the pandemic.  Click here for free registration.  

Food allergy adds another dimension to living and working through a pandemic.  f you're feeling frazzled, overwhelmed and frustrated, you've come to the right place.  Spend a soothing hour with Kim to learn new techniques for managing anxiety, stress, anger and other difficult emotions.  Tune in with your kids and gain skills that people of all ages can apply today.

Kim will take your questions live via the Zoom app, but feel free to submit them in advance to mpreddy@med.umich.edu

Sign up here to make sure you get updates about Kim's future webinars.