The coaching program has attracted students from all over the world, with incredibly diverse backgrounds and life experiences: From therapists who desire more eating disorder training, to chefs, housewives and recovered individuals who want the skills to help those with eating disorders recover.
For years in my private practice and my various treatment programs I trained both licensed and non-licensed individuals skills not taught in traditional counseling and therapy programs, such as how to eat with clients, take them grocery shopping or to buy new clothes. These are tasks are now performed by eating disorder coaches, as an adjunct to traditional treatment.
The field of eating disorder coaching is rapidly growing, yet, until now, no formal, rigorous training programs existed, thus I realized the need and the Carolyn Costin Institute was born.
The Institute also offers training for mentors (recovered peers) through non-profit agencies and other organizations. Peer support has been successfully utilized in the substance abuse and healthcare fields for a long time, but hadn't really been as widely used for those suffering from eating disorders - until now. CCI teaches people who have recovered from an eating disorder the skills for using their lived experience when offering support. Mentors are volunteers who can work one-on-one with clients or run groups. Mentoring provides a great outlet for those who want to help, even if they only have an hour or two each week.
The Institute offers a variety of continuing education courses, which include both live and online learning opportunities. If you are interested in continuing education, we encourage you to check out our course catalog. We work hard to develop engaging courses that students will enjoy while earning their credit hours.
The Carolyn Costin Institute offers a variety of specialty courses, which include everything from supportive education for families and loved ones to courses for treatment professionals and the general public.
Community Counseling for Individuals and Families, Inc. is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Community Counseling for Individuals and Families, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program/course and its content. CAMFT (134625)