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Understanding eating disorders (HLSC 120)


Course Name


Understanding Eating Disorders


Course Description


This course exposes the learner to topics related to disordered eating, and strengthens their skills in the field. It introduces the most up-to-date research and allows the learner to critically reflect on their reading. Learners are encouraged to bring their personal and professional experiences into consideration, and to reflect on their current practice in the field.


The course is designed for professionals working in the field of mental health (Counselors, RPN’s, RN’s, OT’s, Social Workers, etc).



Subject Code


HLSC 120



Learning Objectives


By the end of this course, students will

  • critically reflect on current literature in the field of disordered eating;
  • strengthen the theoretical underpinnings of eating disorders and their diagnostic criteria;
  • describe risk factors and prevalence of eating disorders in the westernized world;
  • understand the possible outcomes and other facets of an eating disorder;
  • describe different treatment modalities used within the field of disordered eating;
  • discuss the prevention of eating disorders; and
  • reflect on implications for current practice.







Textbook not included in tuition fee. Contact the Douglas College Bookstore for prices and ordering information.





  • English 12 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent
  • Documentation of current registration in your profession.



Course Content


Topics include:

  • Eating Disorders and Diagnostic Criteria
  • Risk Factors associated with Eating Disorders
  • Prevalence of Eating Disorders
  • Psychological/Medical Complications of Eating Disorders
  • Treatment for Eating Disorders
  • Courses of Eating Disorders and Outcomes



Learning Resources


Jauregui-Lobera, Ignacio. (Ed.). (2012). Relevant topics in eating disorders. Croatia: InTech. Retrieved from

Hornbacher, Marya. (1998). Wasted: a memoir of anorexia and bulimia. New York, NY: HarperCollins.


Available through the Douglas College Bookstore.



Instruction Method


Interactive online course (Blackboard)


Due to the nature of an online delivery, the student will be expected be proficient in computer skills including email, adding attachments, navigating the internet etc. Resources for getting started with Blackboard are available online to help get the student comfortable in the Blackboard environment.





Grade will be assessed on completion of:

  • three assignments
  • final exam.





Minimum grade to pass is C (60%).


A Continuing Education certificate is issued on successful completion.



Completion Timeframe


6 months (200 hours) from course start date



Registration and course start


Registration is easy; simply complete the CE-HS Registration Form and submit it to:, with proof of completion of the pre-requisite requirements. Payment of the tuition fee must accompany registration.


Instructions on how to access your course materials will be emailed to you by the Program Assistant within five (5) business days prior to your chosen course start date.


Winter 2020

Start Date CRN
Deadline to Register
Jan 6, 2020 provided by dept Dec 20, 2019
Feb 3, 2020 provided by dept Jan 24, 2020
Mar 2, 2020 provided by dept Feb 21, 2020
Apr 6, 2020 provided by dept Mar 27, 2020

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