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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 

Semester hours: 8
Courses offered: On campus only

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.

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. In other words, the certificate cannot be issued if some courses were taken for degree-applicable credit and some were taken for graduate-level continuing education credit; they must all be taken for the same kind of credit-no mixing of credit levels. If you are interested in pursuing the certificate at either form of credit, please contact the admissions office at 

Certificate Program Courses

Courses may be taken in any sequence. Each course is offered for one hour of degree-applicable or continuing education credit and are offered on campus only. Course descriptions can be found within the course catalog. Please view the continuing education calendar for current offerings.

  • CECP 833/CPED 572 Introduction to Eating Disorders (fall)
  • CECP 878/CPED 578 Family Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders (spring)
  • CECP 837/CPED 574 Body Politics (summer)
  • CECP 836/CPED 577 Nutrition (summer)
  • CECP 834/CPED 575 Treatment of Eating Disorders (fall)
  • CECP 835/CPED 573 Fat Studies & Health at Every Size (spring)
  • CECP 838/CPED 576 Treatment of Negative Body Image (summer)
  • CECP 840/CPED 580 Mind Body Connections (summer)

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. 

Certificate Admission Information

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.

Continuing Education Credit Registration

Continuing Education students are welcome to take courses within the Eating Disorder Certificate program in any sequence without formally applying to the program. View upcoming courses in the sequence.

Tuition and Fee Information

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

Graduate degree-applicable credit: Please see the Graduate Registrar webpage for current tuition rates

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.