Graduate Catalog

Eating Disorders Certificate

According to statistics compiled by the National Institute for Mental Health, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any diagnosable mental illness in the United States. Eating disorders are one of the largest undiagnosed and untreated problems facing mental health and medical practitioners today, yet training specific to eating disorders is extremely rare.

Given lifetime prevalence rates of eating disorders and associated concurrent disorders, it is inevitable that professional mental health practitioners across a wide array of settings will be faced with clients presenting with these problems.

Eating Disorders Certificate

The Eating Disorders Certificate Program is an 8-credit course of study that provides the comprehensive knowledge base required to work professionally with clients experiencing disordered eating. Participants join with practitioner faculty in small classes for discussion, study, and field experience. This program is appropriate for graduate students completing master's degrees in counseling or therapy, as well as mental health and addictions practitioners, nutritionists, or medical personnel working in the field.

Certificate Requirements

A minimum of eight semester hours, distributed as follows:

Required Courses

CPED 572 Introduction to Eating Disorders: Etiology of eating disorders, including biological, cultural, and environmental factors. Assessment and diagnosis of eating disorders, appropriate levels of care and a thorough overview of medical complications. 1 semester hour.

CPED 573 Fat Studies & Health at Every Size: Explores the interdisciplinary field of scholarship in Fat Studies that aims to debunk weight-centric misconceptions and countering mainstream narratives. Examines fat bias, fat shame, and weight-based oppression as a social justice issue that intersects with other systems of oppression. Introduction to the paradigm of Health at Every Size, a weight-neutral approach to health promotion that emphasizes size diversity, intuitive eating, and joyful movement. HAES is also an important paradigm in working with people who have experienced disordered eating. 1 semester hour.

CPED 574 Body Politics: Considers the relationship between body and power in global consumer cultures, the gendering and objectification of bodies, and the commodification of bodies in looksist societies. Raising awareness of body politics in the counseling process is reviewed to promote individual and relational well being. 1 semester hour.

CPED 575 Treatment of Eating Disorders: Evidence-based approaches to treating eating disorders, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and more. 1 semester hour.

CPED 576 Treatment of Negative Body Image: Research related to the impact of negative body image on all populations. Ways in which negative body image is developed and maintained. Special focus on people meeting criteria for eating disorders and body dymorphia. Evidence-based treatment strategies to help clients make peace with their bodies. 1 semester hour.

CPED 577 Nutrition: Nutritional aspects in the treatment of eating disorders. Nutritional rehabilitation for underweight clients. Nutritional therapy, intuitive and mindful eating. 1 semester hour.

CPED 578 Family Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: Disordered eating and eating disorders in children. Family therapy treatment strategies including the Maudsley method and other approaches. How to foster healthy eating in families. 1 semester hour.

CPED 580 Mind Body Connections: Mindfulness, yoga, and somatic approaches to improving body image, embodied experience, and interoceptive awareness and the ability to identify, feel, and regulate emotions—critical components of the treatment of eating disorders and negative body image. 1 semester hour.

Courses

CPED 572 Introduction to Eating Disorders: Etiology of eating disorders, including biological, cultural, and environmental factors. Assessment and diagnosis of eating disorders, appropriate levels of care and a thorough overview of medical complications. 1 semester hour.

CPED 573 Fat Studies & Health at Every Size: Explores the interdisciplinary field of scholarship in Fat Studies that aims to debunk weight-centric misconceptions and countering mainstream narratives. Examines fat bias, fat shame, and weight-based oppression as a social justice issue that intersects with other systems of oppression. Introduction to the paradigm of Health at Every Size, a weight-neutral approach to health promotion that emphasizes size diversity, intuitive eating, and joyful movement. HAES is also an important paradigm in working with people who have experienced disordered eating. 1 semester hour.

CPED 574 Body Politics: Considers the relationship between body and power in global consumer cultures, the gendering and objectification of bodies, and the commodification of bodies in looksist societies. Raising awareness of body politics in the counseling process is reviewed to promote individual and relational well being. 1 semester hour.

CPED 575 Treatment of Eating Disorders: Evidence-based approaches to treating eating disorders, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and more. 1 semester hour.

CPED 576 Treatment of Negative Body Image: Research related to the impact of negative body image on all populations. Ways in which negative body image is developed and maintained. Special focus on people meeting criteria for eating disorders and body dymorphia. Evidence-based treatment strategies to help clients make peace with their bodies. 1 semester hour.

CPED 577 Nutrition: Nutritional aspects in the treatment of eating disorders. Nutritional rehabilitation for underweight clients. Nutritional therapy, intuitive and mindful eating. 1 semester hour.

CPED 578 Family Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: Disordered eating and eating disorders in children. Family therapy treatment strategies including the Maudsley method and other approaches. How to foster healthy eating in families. 1 semester hour.

CPED 580 Mind Body Connections: Mindfulness, yoga, and somatic approaches to improving body image, embodied experience, and interoceptive awareness and the ability to identify, feel, and regulate emotions—critical components of the treatment of eating disorders and negative body image. 1 semester hour.