Program Overview

The Eating Disorder Informed Professional Designation is a continuing education program* designed to recognize professionals who have completed eating disorder training to understand the development of eating disorders, specific ways to identify disordered eating and the devastating medical consequences: including bone loss, gastrointestinal disturbances, low heart rate and blood pressure, severe mental health conditions and even death. This designation supports professionals in identifying disordered eating and eating disorder behaviors in order to facilitate early intervention – while also supporting those with diagnosable eating disorders.

An EDIP is informed about how language and culture can trigger disordered eating and eating disorder behaviors in individuals who may be predisposed to these conditions. These professionals have received the necessary education to compassionately support struggling individuals, while simultaneously connecting them to resources and treatment for recovery.

Displaying your EDIP designation demonstrates that you are clinically informed and can provide a stigma-free space where clients can feel heard, understood and validated.

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Who Benefits

  • Pediatricians
  • Campus mental health professionals
  • School counselors and social workers
  • Members of athletic departments
  • Educators and administrators

Sessions Include

Identification and Inclusive Assessment, and Diagnosis of Eating Disorders

This presentation will educate participants about the components of a comprehensive eating disorder assessment including daily food intake, purging behaviors, binge behaviors and level of body image dissatisfaction. Presenters will use case studies to illustrate comprehensive assessment and coordination of resources to assist in referrals to various levels of care. Special attention will be paid to how eating disorders may present differently within vulnerable populations including LGBTQ+ and BIPOC students, and the critical importance in providing culturally competent care.

Medical Management of Eating Disorders

This presentation will highlight how to identify, treat and support patients who struggle with eating disorders. Speakers will highlight common presentations that should raise suspicion in patients who do not disclose struggles with food, body image or exercise. Discussion will include how participants can provide a therapeutic recovery environment, and common pitfalls that can trigger eating disorder symptoms: including medical complications and effective treatment methods for anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Presenters will also illustrate how to reduce barriers and access to higher levels of care.

Crucial Conversations: Motivating Clients to Get the Care they Need

This presentation will review the numerous barriers that prevent children, adolescents and adults from seeking necessary care for mental health concerns. Speakers will discuss common barriers to treatment-seeking, and provide participants with concrete skills and tangible tools to help clients overcome barriers. Speakers will review the importance of motivational interviewing, the importance of continued support, how to use non-stigmatizing language and best practices for working with families, caregivers and friends.

Returning to Campus: How to Support Clients in Recovery

This presentation will address the specific needs of students who are returning to school or college after treatment for an eating disorder. Discussion will include the importance of collaboration with care providers to facilitate a smooth transition to outpatient care, working with eating disorder treatment teams on campus and relapse prevention strategies. Speakers will also review how to establish a support system and network, how to organize a nutrition plan, how to gradually integrate into school and daily life and how to best consider extracurricular activities throughout the process.

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For athletic departments, we provide education and information specific to college athletes.

This series will review the development, assessment, identification and impact of eating disorders in the collegiate sport environment. The curriculum will provide athletic department staff with skills and tools to support student athletes that may be at risk of an eating disorder. Speakers will also discuss how to facilitate help-seeking for student athletes that exhibit disordered eating, maladaptive exercise or a diagnosable eating disorder and encourage continued recovery in student athletes that are returning to sport after eating disorder treatment.

Athletic Department Sessions Include

Recognizing Eating Disorder Risk in College Athletes

  • Identify personal characteristics, risk factors and cultural influences that make some athletes susceptible to the development of an eating disorder
  • Focus on language, attitudes, eating and activity behaviors that are indicative of disordered eating that could lead to an eating disorder
  • Practice how to initiate a conversation with a student of concern

Introduction to Eating Disorders: ED101

  • Recognize signs and symptoms of eating disorders
  • Review eating disorder diagnoses
  • Discuss assessments for eating disorders and disordered eating
  • Apply motivational interviewing to encourage help-seeking in student athletes

Disordered Eating, Eating Disorders and Athletic Performance

  • Explain relative energy deficiency (RED-S) and nutritional needs of athletes
  • Understand the impact of malnutrition on athletic performance
  • Review medical risk and consequences of malnutrition in athletes

Return to Play: Clearing Athletes for Participation in Sport

  • Outline medical criteria for safe return to play and the risks of early return
  • Evaluate protocols for supporting incoming athletes who have had an identified eating disorder
  • Establish guidelines for supporting athletes who are returning to the team after eating disorder treatment

On-Demand Courses

Please use the self-sign-up link and code "Magazine23" to create an account on our CE Portal. If this is your first time accessing our portal, you will receive a confirmation email from ERC and Pathlight Continuing Education Events with a link to log in. If you have an existing account, once you’ve completed the self-sign-up form, you can log directly into your account to access the webinar.

Download our instructional PDF.

*The EDIP designation is not a licensure or certificate program. For more information on formal training and certification as an eating disorder professional, please contact iaedp.

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Eating Recovery Center is accredited through the Joint Commission. This organization seeks to enhance the lives of the persons served in healthcare settings through a consultative accreditation process emphasizing quality, value and optimal outcomes of services.

Organizations that earn the Gold Seal of Approval™ have met or exceeded The Joint Commission’s rigorous performance standards to obtain this distinctive and internationally recognized accreditation. Learn more about this accreditation here.

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