Prevention and Recovery

Prevention and Recovery: Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating

Individuals struggling with eating disorders and disordered eating deserve to be served by professionals with relevant and precise knowledge and competencies in the eating disorder field.

There is an urgent need for this training: for professionals already employed, to continue their staff roles, for employers who need to maintain hospital units focused on the treatment of critically diagnosed patients, and the for early intervention and long-term recovery for those who want help to avoid hospitalization, are waiting to enter hospital, or who need follow-up after leaving hospital.

This online course uses efficient, effective and flexible methods for the transfer/application of module readings, assignments and exams.

The foundation of this course is the application of eating disorder/disorder eating concepts to the workplace. The quality of care provided to clients struggling with this devastating illness, will improve as cohorts of learners form communities of practice to transfer and share their new professional competencies.

This Health Science, Continuing Education course is a self-paced, on-line distance education that is instructor-supported, for professionals who wish to enhance their knowledge about caring for clients struggling with eating disorders/disordered eating. Internet access, Microsoft Word software, and reasonable keyboarding skills are required.

This course is recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Canadian Nurses Association and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Ongoing / Online


Understanding Eating Disorders - HLTH 9003

This course provides the student with an understanding of what eating disorders are caused by, how they manifest in the brain, how they are diagnosed, how they manifest in males and females, their epidemiology, and principles of prevention.  These goals are accomplished using videos, written literature, a textbook, and formulative learning. This course is a prerequisite to HLTH 9004.

Ongoing / Online

Cost: $998.00

Students may register at any time and will be given 4 months to complete.register now button

Treatment of Eating Disorders - HLTH 9004

The treatment of eating disorders provides the student with an understanding of the treatment of complication of eating disorders, as well as the treatment of the eating disorders themselves.  In addition, the necessity of treatment of co-occuring disorders, the order of treatment, and the effect of treating each disorder is discussed.  Medical, psychological, family, pharmacological, nutritional, exercise, neurofeedback and alternative treatments are discussed.

Ongoing / Online

Cost: $998.00

Students may register at any time once they have completed HLTH 9003 and will be given 4 months to complete.register now button

Dr. C. L. Birmingham

Eating Disorders


Shallah Panjwani, registered dietician: “The PREDE course taught by Dr. Carl Birmingham gave me a comprehensive understanding clinically and epidemiologically of the meaning of eating disorders and disordered eating. This course has allowed me to open private practice and specialize in the nutritional management and treatment of eating disorders. I strongly recommend this course to any health care professional looking to gain more expertise in the eating disorder and disordered eating arena.” 

Jenny Maniacco, Woodstone Residence: “My experience in taking Dr. Birmingham’s course has been profound in helping me develop my nursing skills, specific to this population. I continue to utilize the resources provided to help guide my practice. I particularly enjoyed the video components incorporated in the course material, as it gave me the sense of a classroom feel, was motivating and put a face to the name of this world-renowned expert.” 

Judith Arthur, registered dietician: "This course beautifully blends the art and science of understanding the biological and psychosocial factors that contribute to the development of eating disorders. It provides an evidence-based approach for preventing, identifying, and providing collaborative interventions for clients struggling with disordered eating and eating disorders. As a registered dietitian and prospective therapist, I highly recommend this course for the professional development of clinicians."      

Laurie Chiasson: I was interested in changing my career path.  I wanted to work in a community setting providing support and assistance to people dealing with eating disorders and their families.  I did some research into entering the field, employment options and tried to secure a volunteer position and/or a practicum placement in the industry.  I ran into a lot of closed doors, but I did find a Social Worker that recommended I take Dr. Birmingham’s course “Prevention and Treatment of Eating Disorders” at KPU.  The course was invaluable to me in so many ways.  I really appreciated the formative learning style and ease of connection with Dr. Birmingham on line throughout the course.  Not only did the course help me acquire the knowledge I was looking for, it has challenged me to learn more and inspired me to start my own Recreation Therapy practice in the area of prevention and treatment of eating disorders.

Below: Laurie with Dr. Birmingham    

Dr. Birmingham & Student