Course Description

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is the leading evidence-based treatment for eating disorders. The core psychopathology of eating disorders, the over-evaluation of shape and weight, is cognitive in nature. In this course, CBT for Eating Disorders, you will learn facts and theories about the nature of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and other eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS). This course includes a comprehensive overview of the symptoms of eating disorders, why any person can develop an eating disorder, what drives the person to manifest a preoccupation to eating-disordered behaviours and how the CBT-E approach is considered to be the best treatment for different types of eating disorders. It will focus on developing competence in implementing the key procedures of CBT-E, including experiential elements, with a particular focus on developing the practical skills of CBT-E. CBT-E uses a variety of generic cognitive and behavioural interventions (such as addressing cognitive biases); unlike some forms of CBT, it favours the use of strategic changes in behaviour to modify thinking rather than focusing only on direct cognitive restructuring. CBT-E is an empirically supported treatment approach that is suitable for all forms of eating disorders and one that is highly individualized.

Participants in the remote CBT courses will be required to complete the readings prior to the beginning of the course.

You are responsible for purchasing the following textbook, available through Indigo and Amazon. Please read the text before the course starts. 

Fairburn, C. (2008). Cognitive behaviour therapy and eating disorders. The Guilford Press: New York, NY.


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 548-889-5128

Cancellations and Transfers
Be sure to carefully review our cancellation and transfer information before registering.

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd


To be eligible for CBT Level II, you must have completed one of the following Level I CBT courses (or an approved equivalent). 

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

This course is currently not available. The 2024/2025 Faculty of Social Work Professional Development course and workshop dates will be available on July 8, 2024.
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