Eating Disorders

The Eating Disorders Institute (EDI) is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with clients and students affected by eating disorders. You’ll focus your program on the development of educational and outreach opportunities for delivery in school systems or communities. Plymouth State is an approved site to offer a 12-credit eating disorder core curriculum which satisfies the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) requirement towards future certification.

Plymouth State offers one of the few graduate programs with a focus on Eating Disorders in the country, and is the only one of its kind in the Northeast. Experienced faculty are current practitioners in the field of eating disorders, and work to increase your understanding of the changing face of eating disorders. In January 2014, the EDI program expanded to offer courses with host partner, Mirasol Recovery Centers in Tucson, AZ.

Educators, health care professionals, and mental health professionals (e.g., counselors, social workers, nurses, and dietitians) who wish to specialize in eating disorder treatment, may enroll in a 15-credit certificate program that can also be integrated with a MEd in Health Education or Human Relations. The EDI program can be completed in approximately one year by taking two courses during the fall and spring terms and completing a 120-hour clinical experience. The program may be completed in two years through enrollment in one course per term and completing the clinical experience.

Use the Course Matrix to see when Eating Disorder course will be held.

MEd in Health Education, Eating Disorders

    • Master’s  Core Component – 9 credits
    • 3
      Recognizing that social behavior occurs within an intercultural context, that include ethical components, students will develop the basic knowledge and foundations necessary to understand and influence social behavior in a diverse society. Texts, readings, and learning modules have been chosen and/or designed to facilitate the student?s ability to understand the nature of social behavior cross culturally.
    • – OR –
    • 3
      This course will provide an in-depth study of the social/cultural basis of behavior and examine the role of mythology as a vehicle for intrapersonal and interpersonal understanding. The major theoretical, empirical, and applied lines of work in the following topics in contemporary social psychology will be explored, including social cognition, interpersonal perception, attitudes, stereotyping and prejudice, the self, and interpersonal and group relations. Mythology will be employed as a mechanism for cross-cultural comparison and as a unifying construct to enhance multicultural understanding.
    • 3
      A study of the historical, philosophical, and social-philosophic foundations of education. Emphasis is placed upon the ideas of the classical, medieval, Enlightenment, and post-Enlightenment periods that have influenced types of American educational systems relative to their mission and purpose. Analysis of how these systems have defined ethics and the characteristics of the virtuous person.
    • 3
      Knowledge and understanding of the commonly accepted research designs. Study of research instruments and statistics used in educational research. Wide reading in various types of research design. Critical analysis of research design.
      • Eating Disorders Institute Component – 12 credits
      • 3
        The focus of the course will be on increasing the student's knowledge of awareness, education, prevention and treatment of eating disorders. Discussion will include diagnostic classifications; causes of eating disorders; history, prevalence and treatment approaches to eating disorders; a discussion of a wellness/holistic approach to medical, nutritional and psychological therapies; special populations, i.e., women, children, males, athletes; prevention programs; resources; the latest research and information on becoming a coordinator of Eating Disorder Awareness and Prevention Week. Also presented as CO 5160.
      • 3
        This course will be an in-depth study of the dynamics of eating disorders followed by an overview of the dominant counseling approaches used in eating disorders treatment and management. The focus will include diagnosis, psychological assessments, psychotherapeutic and other interventions, as well as clinical issues encountered in treatment. Prerequisite: CO/HL 5160. Also presented as CO 5170.
      • 3
        This course will focus on nutritional education issues relevant to those interested in health and wellness for the general population, as well as those working with eating disorders clients. Discussion will include: basic concepts of nutrition science and nutritional needs, evaluation of weight management methods, investigation of food facts and fallacies, different diet plans, i.e. vegetarian, sports nutrition. Information will be presented on how the nutritionist, counselor or health educator applies nutritional information to their clients or students. The course will also include how to present information in nutritional counseling and education for the eating disorder client. Prerequisite: CO/HL 5160 or permission of instructor. Also presented as CO 5180.
      • 3
        The focus of the course will be to increase the student's knowledge of the effects eating disorders have on the body's medical systems and the physiologic function. Discussion will include diagnostic criteria and a multidisciplinary, integrative approach to assessment and management of each disorder. Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of each body system, as well as prevention and treatment of medical complications. Prerequisite: CO/HL 5160. Also presented as CO 5190.
        • Elective Component – 9 credits

With your advisor, you’ll choose nine credits of electives appropriate to your program of study.

    • Capstone Experience – 3 credits
    • 3
      This clinical experience is a capstone course for those enrolled in the eating disorders certificate program. Students will be able to choose a focus on awareness, prevention, and education experience or a clinical experience working in an eating disorders treatment facility for 120 hours. Prerequisite: 12 credits of Eating Disorders certificate program.
    • Total for MEd in Health Education, Eating Disorders Concentration – 33 credits

NH Eating Disorders Resource Directory

The following is a resource guide of eating disorder providers (including mental health providers and nutrition therapists) located in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and northern Massachusetts. This guide serves as a tool to assist school personnel, families and health care providers in understanding signs and symptoms of eating disorders and then making appropriate referrals when necessary.

New Hampshire Eating Disorders Resource Directory (PDF)

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