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The Eating Disorders Certificate program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School is one of the few graduate programs in the country devoted to the topic, and is the only program in the Pacific Northwest. Our program takes an inclusive, weight-neutral, Health At Every Size approach that challenges harmful systemic biases directed at larger bodies.

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, disordered eating, and associated co-occurring disorders, it is inevitable that professional mental health practitioners will be faced with clients presenting with these problems.

Certificate at Glance

  • Nine courses, 9 semester hours, fully online

  • Offered for degree-applicable or continuing education credit

  • Small class size

  • Practitioner faculty with demonstrated field experience

This certificate provides the comprehensive knowledge base required to work professionally with clients experiencing disordered eating. The 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.

 Course Descriptions

Coursework may be taken in any sequence, beginning with any course. The below sequence and schedule are subject to change.


Eating Disorders in Transgender and Gender Expansive Populations (CECP 841 / CPED TBA)

This course covers the interdisciplinary field of scholarship exploring best practices in working with transgender and gender diverse clients (TGDCs) experiencing eating disorders and/or disordered eating (EDs/DE).

Historically, eating disorder treatments were modeled after white, cisgender, neurotypical populations, specifically girls/women that often do not reflect the experience of BIPOC and/or TGD, neurodivergent populations. Current treatment for EDs still reflects this research with very limited research to date on specifically treatment tailored to transgender populations with EDs.

As such, TGD youth and adults can have their experiences invisibilized in inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. This is further eye-opening when research shows that the prevalence of EDs/DE is much higher in TGD communities compared to cisgender people. This makes understanding the specific risk factors and different trajectories for developing EDs/DE in TGD communities, as well as understanding barriers to gender affirming and inclusive treatment for TGD individuals vital in working with these populations.

How can we as clinicians support TGDCs in addressing EDs/DE when EDs/DE may feel like the solution to the problem rather than the problem itself?

This course will also include an introduction to understanding the intersections of TGDCs, neurodivergence and EDs/DE. Ultimately, this course will explore the prevalence of EDs/DE in transgender communities, address gaps in current models based on cisgender populations, and provide TGD and neurodivergent affirming considerations that reduce barriers to care, and increase and provide ethical, competent, and gender-affirming care for all gender diverse clients.

Treatment of Eating Disorders (CECP 834 / CPED 575)

This course provides an in-depth overview of the current evidence-based treatments for adults with eating disorders, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and more.

Participants will learn assessment for determining what level of care might be appropriate for a particular client, as well as ways to facilitate both a step up or adjustment down in a patients level of care—while maintaining progress.

Participants will learn counseling interventions and treatment strategies for common symptoms of eating disorders and how to work well with other providers as part of a larger treatment team. Involving friends and family members as appropriate will also be addressed, as well as treating common co-morbidities.

Introduction to Eating Disorders (CECP 833 / CPED 572)

This course explores the history, etiology, prevalence, possible causes, early recognition, treatment, and prevention of anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and related disordered eating behaviors.

Information will be presented from a multidimensional approach, reviewing the biological, sociocultural, psychological, behavioral, nutritional, and medical modalities of treatment.

Topics will also include treatment options, community resources, and insurance coverage of eating disorders.


Mind Body Connections in the Treatment of Eating Disorders (CECP 840 / CPED 580)

This course will explore the use of somatic approaches—including yoga, somatic therapies, and mindfulness—in the treatment of eating disorders. Participants will explore improving body image, embodied experience, introspective awareness, and the ability to identify, feel, and regulate emotions - all critical components in the treatment of eating disorders and negative body image.

Participants will also look at eating disordered behavior, and the relationship of those impacted through their bodies with an interpersonal neurobiology lens.

Nutrition (CECP 836 / CPED 577)

This course will include an overview of nutrition principles, nutrition therapy, and the role of the dietitian/nutritionist on the treatment team, and will be taught from a Health at Every Size (HAES) perspective.

Participants will learn principles of nutritional rehabilitation for malnourished and underweight clients; structured eating and other interventions for all eating disordered clients will be explored. Functions of Anorexia Nervosa and other eating disorders will be discussed from a nutrition perspective, and the cycle of restriction and bingeing will be discussed with Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder.

Participants will also explore the principles of intuitive eating and mindful eating, and when these approaches are useful. Orthorexia will be covered in the context of our obsessive diet culture, along with ways to challenge these beliefs.

Participants will also learn strategies for working with families, particularly those of teens. Participants will examine their own relationships with food and explore strategies for making positive changes, and will learn how to establish professional boundaries around food issues with clients. Material will cover the collaboration between the dietitian/nutritionist and therapist, including case examples to illustrate and differentiate roles of therapist and nutritionist.

Fat Studies & Health at Every Size (CECP 835 / CPED 573)

This course explores the interdisciplinary field of scholarship in Fat Studies that aims to debunk weight-centric misconceptions and countering mainstream narratives.

Participants will examine fat bias, fat shame and weight-based oppression as a social justice issue that intersects with other systems of oppression.

This course includes an introduction to the paradigm of Health At Every Size (HAES), 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 experience disordered eating.


Treatment of Negative Body Image (CECP 838 / CPED 576)

This course will offer an in-depth overview of the causal and maintenance factors involved in the development of clinically significant negative body image.

Participants will explore how it presents in different populations and over the lifespan, as well as effective approaches to treatment—whether the negative body image concern stems from an eating disorder or body dysmophic disorder.

Evidence-based treatment strategies to help clients make peace with their bodies will also be discussed.

Body Politics (CECP 837 / CPED 574)

As clinicians, we need to be prepared to help clients deconstruct how their bodies have been storied.

This includes raising awareness of, and challenging, the impact of societal and relational power dynamics. These dynamics impact not only our inner dialog, but the everyday realities of our lives.

This course explores how we evaluate our bodies through the lens of “unidentified others,” as well as the lived experience and consequences of looks, privilege and discrimination.

Participants will consider liberation-based counseling practices to counter the objectification, commodification, power and gendering of bodies in late capitalist societies.

The focus of this course is to raise awareness of body politics in the clinical practice and creating opportunities for change through individual and relational wellbeing.

Family Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders (CECP 878 / CPED 578)

This course will cover the topic of disordered eating and eating disorders in children.

Family therapy treatment strategies including the Maudsley method and other approaches will be discussed.

Additional focus will be placed on ways to foster healthy eating and positive lifestyle choices in families.

 Faculty & Instructors

 Certificate Program FAQs

What Types of Credit Can I Earn?

Each course is offered for one semester hour of degree-applicable or continuing education (non degree-applicable) credit. All courses in the certificate program can be applied toward graduate degrees if they are taken for degree-applicable credit. Continuing education credit is 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.

Can I Mix Credit Types?

No. The certificate is only issued for students who have taken either (1) all courses for degree-applicable credit or (2) all courses for graduate-level continuing education credit. Students seeking to earn the certificate are not able to take courses at different credit levels (example: enrolling in 4 courses for DA credit and 4 for CE credit)

I am interested in taking classes, but am not a current graduate student. Is that possible?

Yes! Continuing education students are welcome to take courses within the Eating Disorder Certificate program once they have formally applied and been admitted to the program. View application and prerequisite requirements for more details.

What is expected of me as a student in certificate program classes?

These are graduate level, credit bearing continuing education courses. Each course meets for 15 contact hours and there is additional coursework to be completed outside of instructional class time. Example coursework may include selected readings or other media resources and writing a summarizing paper. The syllabus for each class will detail the evaluation criteria that must be met in order to pass the course. Full participation in certificate classes includes the expectation that students will have their camera on in the virtual classroom.

 Program Admission & Course Registration

Application Process

Review of application materials and admission into the Eating Disorders Certificate program is handled on an ongoing basis. It is advised to apply no less than 30 days before the start date of your first course.

Applications are evaluated by a review committee. Selection of program participants is based on the admission requirements. All applicants will receive written notification of their acceptance, inclusion on a wait-list, or non-acceptance. Applicants accepted to the program will be sent registration information for their 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. 

Continuing Education Credit Applicants / Registrants (one or more courses)

Continuing education students are welcome to take courses within the Eating Disorder Certificate program once they have formally applied and been admitted to the program. Please note that space in Eating Disorders courses can be limited. We recommend completing your class registration as far in advance as possible, and no later than three weeks prior to the course start date.

View application and requirements

View additional registration and policy information here

Tuition and Fees 

Tuition is payable on a semester by semester basis and should accompany course registration.

  • Graduate degree-applicable credit: Please see Graduate Registrar webpage for current tuition rates
  • Continuing education credit: $350 per semester hour

Upcoming Certificate Coursework

Family Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders [Online]

Friday & Saturday, August 9-10, 2024, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Eating Disorders in Transgender and Gender Expansive Populations [Online]

Saturday & Sunday, September 7-8, 14-15, 2024, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Introduction to Eating Disorders [Online]

Fridays, September 13 & 27, 2024, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Treatment of Eating Disorders [Online]

Fridays, September 20, October 25, November 15, December 13, 2024

Treatment of Eating Disorders [Online]

Saturdays, September 21, October 26, November 16, December 14, 2024

Introduction to Eating Disorders [Online]

Fridays, October 11 & 18, 2024, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Eating Disorders in Transgender and Gender Expansive Populations [Online]

Saturdays, October 19 and 26, November 2 and 9, 2024

On-Demand Info Session

Interested in the online Eating Disorders Certificate program? Fill out the brief form below to view an on-demand info session about this continuing education program. 

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