Post Qualifying Diploma in Eating Disorders

Part-time | Over 6 Weekends | Advanced Specialist Training Status with NCS | Exeter

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A group of counsellors helping a female in a white top with ginger hair. An informative, enriched, learning experience that will enable you to understand the complexity of relationships with food through physiology, neuroscience, and psychology. 

This course 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.
  • Suitable for those working within health and social care, including 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 would like to develop a greater depth of understanding about eating disorders, and how to help.


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“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.

What qualifications will I need?

To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Be working within a helping profession where a better understanding of eating disorders and how to support people would be useful. E.g. counsellor, psychotherapist, counselling/ clinical psychologist, mental health/ wellbeing professional, nurse, doctor or teacher, social worker or any other roles related to health and social care. Please contact admissions@ironmill.co.uk 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, or substantial experience, in your stated professional capacity (as 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.

What will you study?

Subjects covered include:

  • Introduction – Food, Hunger, Appetite and Relationship
  • Body Image and Self-worth – Ordered Eating to Eating Disorder
  • Theories of Eating Disorders – Different Approaches and their Practical Use
  • Anorexia Nervosa – Diagnosis and Approaches to Treatment
  • Bulimia Nervosa – Diagnosis and Approaches to Treatment
  • Overeating, Obesity and Bariatric Surgery – Working Therapeutically and Understanding the Impact of Surgery
  • Other Types of Eating Disorders – Similarities, Differences and Approaches
  • Healthcare Pathways – NHS Eating Disorder Services and Other Interventions
  • Family and Carers – Working with the family and its impact on eating disorders
  • Resourcing the Professional – Building resilience and feeling equipped
  • Student Day
  • The Future – Motivation for Change

Learning and assessment:
The course involves a high degree of self-exploration and reflection by students. In order to successfully complete the programme, students will need to immerse themselves in the experiences and learning, and become active and courageous explorers in the subject.

Assessment is based on:
An ongoing poster project representing the student’s learning throughout the course. This is shared informally with the group at the end of the course.

Attendance requirements:
A minimum of 80% attendance is required at timetabled teaching days.  

Award: 
Iron Mill College Post Qualifying Diploma in Eating Disorders: Brain, Body and Mind.

Please note: 
Iron Mill College students who complete the course before having fully qualified as a counsellor or psychotherapist (i.e. where they are still to complete their placement hours and / or qualifying exams) will be issued with an interim attendance certificate and covering letter only - they will receive their full certificate once they fully qualify as a counsellor / psychotherapist.
Please also 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.

Course Dates

Venue: Exeter

Start Date: 2022 to be announced. To hear about the course dates first, please register your interest by calling 01392 219200 or email enquiries@ironmill.co.uk

Please visit the 'Downloads Tab' for the course schedule. 

How much will it cost?

Courses commencing between 1st Jan'22 - 31st Dec'22:

Option 1 (Total Payable £1,015.00):
An Enrolment Deposit of £350.00 (Non-Refundable) followed by one instalment of £665.00.

Option 2 (Total Payable £1,070.00):
An Enrolment Deposit of £350.00 (Non-Refundable) followed by two instalments of £360.00 (payable by direct debit)

Option 3 Bespoke payment plans (Total Payable £1,070.00):
In order to facilitate students, Iron Mill College has introduced bespoke payment plans which can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Please contact us at 01392 219200 / enquiries@ironmill.co.uk for further information.

Further information on fees:
Fees listed include VAT.


Applicants are invited to enrol by paying the Enrolment Deposit (which shall be fully non-refundable in all circumstances) as well as submitting all application documents (see the 'Applications' tab for further information). The balance of course fees is payable as per the relevant schedule option above.All applicants should ensure they read and understand the Terms and Conditions of the Student Agreement and the Tuition Fee Contract Agreement before applying and paying their Enrolment Deposit (Non-Refundable). Please visit the 'Downloads' tab to view both documents. 

Tuition Fee Increases:
Tuition fees are reviewed in Autumn each year and are usually increased in line with CPI each January.

How to pay:
For initial course payments and deposits, you can pay online (credit/Debit card) by using the booking form on this web page. You can also pay all fees by credit / debit card, either in person at Iron Mill College in Exeter, or over the phone by calling 01392 219200. 

We also accept cash paid in person at Iron Mill College in Exeter, as well as cheques, which should be made out to 'Iron Mill College' and dropped in or sent to 'Iron Mill College, Morwenstow, 7 Barnfield Crescent, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1QT'. We can also accept payments by bank transfer and direct debit - please get in touch with us at 01392 219200 / enquiries@ironmill.co.uk for our bank details or a direct debit form. Please use your name as the reference when making such payments.

Additional expenses:
This will vary depending on your own circumstances, but all applicants must make sure they fully understand the additional expense requirements they will need to undertake during this course. Iron Mill College is unable to contribute to any of these additional costs; they are met by the student. These costs may include:

  • Travel and boarding costs.
  • Purchase of books.
  • Supervision that meets your governing body requirements.
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance: approximately £35-£90 per year. Discounts are available from some insurers for BACP members and monthly payment options are usually available.

Course commencement:
Please note: Iron Mill College makes every effort to avoid altering course times, course commencement and conclusion dates. However, should any changes be necessary, you will be notified at the earliest opportunity. All courses run subject to demand and the formation of a viable class cohort, based on the enrolment of a minimum number of successful applicants. A full refund of course fees paid, including any deposit, will be given to all applicants in the event that a course does not proceed and at least 14 days’ notice (prior to the advertised course start date) will be given to applicants, in the event of a course cancellation or postponement. The college cannot be held liable for any remedy, damages or compensation beyond this.

How do I apply?

You can apply by submitting the following documents and items:

  • Your £350 Enrolment Deposit (Non-Refundable) to reserve your place (see the 'Fees' tab for further information).
  • If you require assistance in completing your application, please contact admissions@ironmill.co.uk 

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. 

Final Application Date:
The deadline for applications is 4 weeks before the start of the course. A decision will be made on whether the course will run, based on confirmed and accepted places, 4 weeks before the start date of the course. Any applications received after the 4 week deadline will only be processed at the discretion of the Programmes Lead / Course Lead.

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FAQs

Do other qualifications, not in counselling / psychotherapy (e.g. in social care, health, education etc.), enable me to apply for the Post Qualifying Diploma in Eating Disorders: Brain, Body and Mind course?:
Yes, this programme is available to all suitably qualified professionals in helping professions, where a better understanding of eating disorders would be an asset. You must, however, be able to demonstrate that you are qualified to work in your stated profession and that your work adheres to a professional code of conduct. Please see the 'Applications' tab for further information of the evidence you will need to supply as part of your application for the course.

Am I able to undertake the Post Qualifying Diploma in Eating Disorders: Brain, Body and Mind while still studying to become a qualified counsellor, psychotherapist or mental health / wellbeing professional?:
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, are able to apply for this course. In all other circumstances, applicants will need to demonstrate that they are already qualified and able to work within a relevant helping profession and adhere to a professional code of conduct.

Please note:
Iron Mill College students who complete the course before having fully qualified as a counsellor or psychotherapist (i.e. where they are still to complete their placement hours and / or qualifying exams) will be issued with an interim attendance certificate and covering letter only - they will receive their full certificate once they fully qualify as a counsellor / psychotherapist.   

Are there interviews as part of the application process for the Post Qualifying Diploma in Eating Disorders: Brain, Body and Mind course? / What should I include in the application personal statement?:
There are no interviews for this course. Applicants will, however, need to submit a personal statement as part of their application detailing how they meet the eligibility criteria for the course and why they wish to undertake the training. This must include information on their work with (within a relevant helping profession) and the qualifications / training which enables them to undertake this work. Applicants should also use the personal statement to demonstrate how they possess the following qualities:

  • A strong understanding of ethical practice and adherence to a professional code of conduct.
  • The time and commitment for the training.
  • Willingness to learn.
  • A good level of balanced self-reflection and self-awareness. 

Is there any funding available for the Post Qualifying Diploma in Eating Disorders: Brain, Body and Mind?: 
Unfortunately, there is no specific funding available for the Post Qualifying Diploma in Eating Disorders: Brain, Body and Mind? course. 

Are there any extra-curricular requirements on the Post Qualifying Diploma in Eating Disorders: Brain, Body and Mind?:
Beyond the taught hours and additional recommended reading, you will also need to actively engage in a process of self-reflection as you progress through the course. There is a requirement to complete one ongoing project...

Do I need to undertake placement while studying on the Post Qualifying Diploma in Eating Disorders: Brain, Body and Mind course?:
No, there is not a placement requirement on this course.

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"I wasn't sure what to expect of the Iron Mill course but I loved every minute of it. The tutors and course content are nothing short of excellent, I would definitely recommend studying here. Thank You so much!"
Laura Temple, Certificate in Counselling Graduate

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