The iaedp Foundation Offers Innovative Certification for Professionals Who Treat Eating Disorders

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As the rate of individuals affected by eating disorders continues to grow, a greater need exists for qualified treatment providers in the field. The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) has recognized that need by offering an advanced Certification Program.

As the rate of individuals affected by eating disorders continues to grow, a greater need exists for qualified treatment providers in the field. The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) has recognized that need by offering an advanced Certification Program.

Two different routes of certification training exist for professionals. The Traditional Certification requires 2,500 hours of supervised direct patient care, completion of four Core Courses and passage of the iaedp Certification exam, among a few other requirements. The Equivalency Certification is available for professionals who have been practicing in the field of eating disorders as a licensed or registered clinician for five or more years and have demonstrated expertise and significant contributions to the advancement of this field.

“At iaedp, we believe that professional certification as an eating disorders professional within your clinical discipline provides a multitude of benefits not only to those who are suffering with eating disorders, but also to the community where a professional practices,” said Bonnie Harken, Managing Director at the iaedp Foundation.

“One of the most critical benefits is increased patient confidence,” added Harken. “Patients can be assured that a certified professional has a high level of professional standards in training, experience and knowledge as established by a third party of peers.”

Recognition for the certified professional provides greater integrity in expertise and experience. Regional and national media are able to ascertain expertise by observation of the credentials. Certified professionals are sought after for their expertise by the media, thereby increasing their visibility as a specialist in the field.

Certification renewal occurs at two-year intervals, which requires professionals to demonstrate continued commitment and training in the field through participation in eating disorder-related seminars, classes and conferences. These requirements ensure that certified professionals are updated on latest trends and treatment modalities.

“Certification is a reflection of one’s personal standards and commitment to professional growth,” said Harken. “It allows one to acknowledge personal strengths, competencies, experiences and achievements.”

About the iaedp Foundation:
Established in 1985, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) is today well recognized for its excellence in providing first-quality education and high-level training standards to an international multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professions, who treat the full spectrum of eating disorder problems.

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