Coaching is an important aspect of an overall strategy for treating individuals with eating disorders. In essence, coaches provide a crucial aspect of treatment by accompanying clients in everyday situations and providing exposure and response prevention.
***Read Carolyns most recent article about the important benefits of using coaches during eating disorder treatment HERE
CCI is the first to offer a sophisticated, thorough, rigorous certification program.
We train coaches how to best support a client and the client’s treatment team to assist clients in making the necessary day to day behavior changes necessary for recovery.
Eating Disorder Mentors are people who have recovered themselves and want to offer peer support.
Similar to sponsors in 12-step programs, mentors make themselves available to mentees for ongoing support and guidance. Eating Disorders rob those affected of an essential sense of connectedness not only to their own bodies, but also to friends and loved ones, and to a sense of place and purpose in the world at large. A mentor provides a meaningful, safe, supportive relationship helping to re-establish and foster crucial connections. Mentors offer support, encouragement and hope since they have successfully recovered from their own eating disorder.
The Institute’s training program for mentors prepares them to meet individually with mentees and to facilitate support groups, hosting a community of like-minded individuals who come together to help each other recover.
CCI only trains mentors who work for an established organization with a supervisor who can provide guidance and support. Mentors are not trained to have meals with clients or to serve in the detailed , skill based capacity reserved for Certified Eating Disorder Coaches.
Teaching was the foundation of my career. First as a high school teacher and then in community college classrooms, I loved helping others gain information and insight. When I became a therapist I brought my passion for teaching
into my work with clients. Soon I found myself teaching others about how to treat eating disorders. I have lectured, trained, taught, and supervised clinicians, dietitians, and physicians all over the world.
Speaking , Workshops & Consulting
Carolyn is a highly sought after and acclaimed lecturer, recognized as an expert and leading authority in the field of eating disorders. She has spent over 40 years speaking at major eating disorder conferences and events both nationally and globally, often as the "Keynote" presenter. Soon I found myself teaching others about how to treat eating disorders. I have lectured, trained, taught, and supervised clinicians, dietitians, and physicians all over the world.
CCI is part of a philanthropic foundation started by Carolyn and her husband Bruce. Carolyn is hands on at CCI, training up to 100 coaches at any given time, holding on going supervision sessions for certified coaches and yet takes no salary for her role.
All of the profits go to charity, including eating disorder organizations.
Additionally, several CCI coaches and interns offer free or low fee services. Contact us for information.