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Post Qualifying Diploma in Eating Disorders: Brain, Body and Mind (Advanced Specialist Training Status with NCS)

This informative, part-time course for suitably qualified professionals, is available to study in Exeter over 12 Thursdays and has Advanced Specialist Training Status with the National Counselling Society (NCS).

  • Offers students a cutting-edge experience in understanding ways in which our relationship with food interacts with the brain, mind and body.
  • An inspiring learning experience, which will enable participants to understand the complexity of relationships with food through physiology, neuroscience, and psychology.
  • Suitable for qualified counsellors, student counsellors (see eligibility criteria in the 'Applications' tab below), psychotherapists, counselling and clinical psychologists, mental health and wellbeing professionals, nurses, doctors and teachers who have heard of, but do not understand, eating disorders and whose work will be enhanced by better understanding the complexity of these illnesses.

*New for 2018* - This course now has Advanced Specialist Training Status with the National Counselling Society (NCS):

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Course Details

“Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder. 20% of anorexia sufferers will die prematurely from their illness. Bulimia is also associated with severe medical complications, and binge eating disorder sufferers often experience the medical complications associated with obesity." – BEAT

Key features:

  • Food and eating dominate our everyday life in one way or another, either by offering sustenance, providing friendship or simply through avoidance. This course offers knowledge of Eating Disorders and ways to explore our relationships with food, while examining the effects they have on the body and mind. 
  • Neuroscience will thread its way throughout this course and in doing so, will illustrate the strong neuroscientific influences affecting the eating disordered brain. The course also allows for discussion about societal and cultural pressures, physical signs and symptoms of various eating difficulties and the physical and emotional aspects of using food in ways that provide problematic consequences. 
  • The course will engage students in a learning environment which offers creative and innovative classroom discussions and debates. It is suitable for those in helping professions where a better understanding of eating disorders would be an asset.

To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Be a qualified professional who adheres to a code of conduct. For example, a counsellor, psychotherapist, counselling or clinical psychologist, mental health or wellbeing professional, nurse, doctor or teacher. We also welcome applicants in other related roles - please contact us if you would like to discuss your eligibility. We also welcome applications from Iron Mill College students who have completed the taught element of their advanced counselling or psychotherapy training, but are still to complete their placement hours and / or qualifying exams.
  • Be able to demonstrate successful completion of relevant training, qualifying you to work in your stated professional capacity (as per above).

Please note: Completion of this course does not provide a route to registration with the National Counselling Society (NCS) and detailed individual applications to NCS are required for this purpose, where applicable.

If you are interested in this course, you may wish to first book onto one of our Open Days or Open Evenings to find out more. If you are new to Iron Mill College, you might also find our Taster Days a useful way to experience what it's like to study at Iron Mill College, before applying. Alternatively the Course Tutor would be happy to speak with you personally – please contact us if you would like us to put you in touch.

How to apply:

You can apply by submitting the following documents and items:

  • A completed Post Qualifying Courses application form (available to download from 'Download' section of this web page).
  • Your £350 Enrolment Deposit (Non-Refundable) to reserve your place (see the 'Fees' tab for further information).

Application documents can be submitted by email to enquiries@ironmill.co.uk, or by post to Iron Mill College, 7 Barnfield Crescent, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1QT.

Successful applicants will be offered a place on the course once all of the above application documents have been received and the Enrolment Deposit paid.


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