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Post Qualifying Diploma in Eating Disorders: Brain, Body and Mind (Advanced Specialist Training Status with NCS)

This informative, part-time course is for suitably qualified professionals, is available to study in Exeter over 6 weekends and 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.
  • An inspiring learning experience, which will enable participants to understand the complexity of relationships with food through physiology, neuroscience, and psychology.
  • 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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This course has Advanced Specialist Training Status with the National Counselling Society (NCS):

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Course Details

“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.

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 us 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.

If you are interested in this course, you may wish to first book onto one of our Open Days or Open Evenings to find out more. If you are new to Iron Mill College, you might also find our Taster Days a useful way to experience what it's like to study at Iron Mill College, before applying. Alternatively the Course Tutor would be happy to speak with you personally – please contact us if you would like us to put you in touch.

How to apply:

You can apply by submitting the following documents and items:

  • A completed Post Qualifying Courses application form (available to download from 'Download' section of this web page).
  • Your £350 Enrolment Deposit (Non-Refundable) to reserve your place (see the 'Fees' tab for further information).

Application documents can be submitted by email to admissions@ironmill.co.uk, or by post to Iron Mill College, 7 Barnfield Crescent, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1QT.

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.


What our Students Say

“A terrific learning experience and very enjoyable. You don't need to be an academic, plenty of hands-on practice.”
Ruth Cutts - Certificate & Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling Graduate

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