Eating Disorders and the Family Unit

Level: Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Eating Disorders and the Family Unit to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

The effect on the family of an individual suffering from an eating disorder can be devastating. There can be little worse than to watch a family member starving or bingeing, yet feeling powerless to help. This course explores the impact of eating disorders within the family unit and offers help and guidance in coping with such a situation.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
      • The Role of the Therapist
      • Labelling
      • Childhood Phases
      • Types of Eating Disorder
      • Predispositions to Eating Disorders
  • Lesson Two
    • Being Parents
      • Myths and Misconceptions about Eating Disorders
      • Signs that the Family can Look Out for
      • Anorexia and Bulimia
      • Selective Eating
      • Restrictive Eating
      • Food Phobia
      • Food Avoidance Emotional Disorder
      • Compulsive Binge Eating
  • Lesson Three
    • The IBI Effect
      • CNC – The Negative Mind Set
      • Counteracting Negative Self-talk
      • Counteracting the IBI Effect
      • Predisposition
      • Distraction from Negative Thoughts or Feelings
      • Depression
      • Symptoms
  • Lesson Four
    • Working with the Family
    • The First Session
    • Communication
    • Conflict
    • The Child
    • Working Together
    • Subterfuge
    • Rules Concerning Meals
    • Questions on Lesson Three
  • Lesson Five
    • The Child Causing Concern
      • Before the Child’s Inclusion
      • The First Session with the Child
      • Further Sessions
      • Siblings
      • The Whole Family
    • Support Systems for the Parents
      • Parents’ Support Group

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.