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People with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders often feel alone with their disease and the everyday struggles that the disease brings to their lives, especially during meal times. The philosophy of CDF support groups is to provide a warm and caring environment where people with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders, their family members, caregivers, and loved ones can share their experiences, methods of coping, and insights into living with this chronic illness.

Knowing that others share this journey offers comfort and reassurance. Under the guide of a Facilitator, CDF support groups encourage people to adhere to a strict gluten-free diet and provide a comfortable learning environment to help them develop the best coping strategies to reduce stress that often accompanies living with this chronic illness.

CDF offers support groups for adults, teens, children and families.  Support groups are mentored by CDF National and Regional Chapters.


CDF Support Group Facilitators

CDF Support Group Facilitators have a strong desire to help people with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders and their families.  In addition, Facilitators have a basic understanding of celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders and how they can affect the body and mind.

Facilitators make a minimum one-year commitment and complete CDF-sponsored training. Facilitators attend the annual Leaders Workshop held in conjunction with the CDF National Conference in Los Angeles, California each spring.  Facilitators may apply to their regional Chapter or join CDF Team Gluten-Free to fundraise to cover travel expenses to the National Conference.


Let Us Know You’re Interested!

First, download the CDF Support Group Facilitator Manual to learn what you need to know to get started.

Next, Register as a potential CDF Support Group Facilitator:

  1. Go to cdf.thankyou4caring.org
  2. Complete the New User Registration Form (skip this step if you already have an account and simply login)
  3. Click on Volunteer, then CDF Support Group Facilitator.
  4. Click “I’m Interested”, enter your birthdate and click “Sign Me Up!”
  5. You will receive an email with a link to tell us more about yourself, where you’re located, and we’ll set up a time to talk more in depth about your potential Support Group.

Questions?  Please contact us at info@celiac.org or call 818.716.1513, x105.