Eating Disorder Basics for Complementary Health Practitioners



Included in This Course


The "Eating Disorder Basics for Complementary Health Practitioners" course consists of 6 modules, each requiring roughly 90-120 minutes to complete (9-12 hours in total). Each module contains a mixture of:

✓ Videos

✓ Self-reflection tasks

✓ PDF downloads

Upon purchase, you will be emailed login details and have the flexibility to complete the modules at your own pace. The content and any updates will always remain available to you if you ever want to return to refresh your memory. 


Also included is: 


✓ A complementary 60-minute coaching session

This session can be used to help you to clarify the course material and any questions that you might have, and must be used within 12 months of purchasing the course. It can be scheduled via the booking system


This course is appropriate for complementary and other health practitioners such as: 


✓ Psychotherapists, counsellors, and hypnotherapists

✓ Naturopaths and other nutrition professionals

✓ Chineses medicine practitioners and accupuncturists

✓ Personal trainers, yoga instructors, gym owners, and other exercise professionals

✓ Chiropractors and osteopaths

✓ Life coaches, and other health or wellbeing coaches

✓ Mindfulness or meditation coaches or practitioners

✓ Massage therapists and myotherapists

✓ Reiki and other somatic therapy practitioners


The learning outcomes of this course:


  1. The basics of 13 different eating disorders and how they present
  2. The risk factors and warning signs of eating disorders, and how you might spot them in your clients
  3. The psychology of eating disorders and some of the potential causes
  4. Some of the myths about eating disorders and what prevents, delays, or harms the treatment process
  5. The roll that ALL healthcare providers take in either the maintenance or discontinuation of a culture that breeds disordered eating and body dissatisfaction
  6. How to use your understanding of eating disorders to better serve your clients who struggle with disordered eating or body image issues, within the scope of your work
  7. How to ask questions using language which promotes trust, encourages sharing, and facilitates reaching out
  8. The best ways to uphold your duty of care and ensure that your clients access the appropriate support they need
  9. Looking at the science and research on weight, and weight loss
  10. How to set appropriate goals in treatment which do not collude with an eating disorder mindset, or trigger the onset of disordered eating


In addition, you will be introduced to:


  1. The principles and goals of the inclusive healthcare framework, Health at Every Size® (HAES®)
  2. The principles and goals of intuitive eating (IE)
  3. How HAES® and IE can inform your practice as a healthcare provider and help you to create a safe, inclusive space of non-judgement, which encourages all of your clients or patients to develop a healthy relationship with food and their body


Purchasing the Course 


The full price of this course is listed in Australian dollars, AUD$395 

You can purchase this course via the link on this page which will direct you to a PayPal payment. Login details will then be sent to your email address. If you prefer to pay by bank transfer or credit card, please get in touch directly to organise a private payment. 


Please note that this course does not educate on how to treat eating disorders


It has been estimated that up to 16% of the Australian population will experience an eating disorder in their lifetime. This number may be higher when we consider the scope of sub-clinical presentations, or those who never seek treatment. 

This course is therefore designed to increase your understanding of how eating disorders present and how you might be able to spot them in your clients or patients. You will learn more about the contributing factors to the development of eating disorders, how to work in a safe way with your clients or patients who might have disordered eating, and how to not trigger the worsening of symptoms. You will also learn how to work in a weight-inclusive way which will ultimately help us all to address underlying societal factors that contribute to disordered eating, and will open up your practice to working with more people who really need your help. 

The work of eating disorder treatment requires a multidisciplinary approach in order to address psychological, psychiatric, and biological considerations. If you are interested in learning more specifically about how to treat eating disorders, it is recommended that you access accredited training through your local state or national government funded eating disorder organisation. 


This course is currently listed with the following membership organisations as approved professional development: 


  Aust. Assoc. of Clin. Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy - 10 CPD points 

  Australian Hypnotherapists' Association - 10 CPD points 

  Australian Natural Therapists Association - 10 CPD points

  Australian Traditional-Medicine Society - 10 CPD points

  Naturopaths & Herbalists Association of Australia - 8 CPD points


**If you would like your membership association to consider listing this course, please contact me so I can get in touch with them directly. 


More About Your Trainer


Bianca Skilbeck, Clinical Hypnotherapist & Counsellor


In 2014, Bianca completed her training as a clinical hypnotherapist, at which point she went in to private practice and began her psychology degree though Monash University in Melbourne. Having a special interest in the treatment of eating disorders after having her own lived experience, Bianca has continued to upskill in this field; undertaking numerous courses and workshops, and she is now listed as provider through Australia’s national peak eating disorder organisation, The Butterfly Foundation. In more recent years, Bianca has become interested in intuitive eating and the Health at Every Size paradigm, and how these frameworks can help guide eating disorder recovery. Rebranding her practice to Freedom from Food, she has refocused to specifically cater for those with disordered eating, chronic dieting, body image dissatisfaction and gut health. Bianca uses a variety of psychotherapeutic techniques including but not limited to cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, hypnosis, resource therapy and gestalt therapy. She has a special interest in working with and understanding the mind-body connection, and how the individual can work to integrate all parts of themselves to create more congruence, peace, and acceptance in their lives.

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I would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people who are the Traditional Custodians of this land upon which Freedom from Food operates. I would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present of the Kulin Nation and extend that respect to other Indigenous Australians, past, and present.

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