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Eating Disorders & the Family Unit

Eating Disorders and the Family Unit

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

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.

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

No practical training is required to complete this course.

Enrol on this course from £70 £50

There are two ways you can enrol on this course. You can:

  • Pay with a deposit of £70 £50, followed by 8 monthly instalments of £25
  • or
  • Pay the total course fee of £270 £250 in one sum and also receive a special gift from our selection – free

To enrol by phone, please call our friendly course advisors on Freephone 0800 731 9271 – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

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