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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.

The Eating Disorders Certificate program at Lewis & Clark is one of the only graduate programs in the country devoted to the topic, and the only program in the Pacific Northwest.

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

Program of Study 

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.

To accommodate the schedules of working professionals, classes convene on weekends. Study and discussion continue online between class sessions. 

The certificate is only issued for students who have taken either (1) all courses for degree-applicable credit or (2) all courses for non-degree-applicable credit (in other words, the certificate cannot be issued if some courses were taken for degree-applicable credit and some were taken for non-degree-applicable credit; they must all be taken for the same kind of credit.

Required Courses

These courses must be taken in sequence. Each course is the prerequisite for the next.

Links below are to classes offered in the 2014-2015 academic year. As each course opens for registration, these links will be updated. Click here to visit the graduate catalog to view all course descriptions. 

MHCA 572 Introduction to Eating Disorders (2 semester hours)

MHCA 575 Treatment Modalities for Eating Disorders (2 semester hours)

MHCA 577 Nutritional Principles and Treatment for Eating Disorders, Obesity, and Body Image Concerns (2 semester hours)

MHCA 579 Eating Disorders Capstone (2 semester hours)

All courses in the certificate program can be applied toward graduate degrees if they are taken for degree-applicable credit. Continuing education (non degree-applicable) credit is also available for anyone not working toward a degree. 

Current Lewis & Clark students enrolled in master’s degree programs may be able to take courses required for the certificate as electives for their degree program and should consult with an advisor to find out. 

Admission & Registration Information

Participation in the courses in our Eating Disorders Certificate sequence requires the completion of application materials, whether or not you are decided on pursuing the complete certificate.

Review of application materials and admission into the Eating Disorders Certificate program is handled on an ongoing basis. Applications must be received no less than 30 days before the first course begins. 

Applications are evaluated by a review committee. Selection of program participants is based on the admission requirements. Applicants will receive written notification of their acceptance, inclusion on a wait-list or non-acceptance two weeks after the application deadline. Applicants accepted to the program will be sent registration information for the first course. Wait-listed applicants will be notified if space becomes available and will be given an opportunity to register. If space does not become available, wait-listed applicants will be offered a space in the program’s next academic year.

Click here for detailed information about applying to this program, including the application form.

Tuition and Fee Information

Tuition is payable on a semester by semester basis and should accompany course registration. The following is tuition for 2014-2015 academic year:

Graduate degree-applicable credit: $828 per semester hour

Continuing education credit: $350 per semester hour

Note: Students registering for continuing education credit must register for classes at least one week prior to the start of class.