Frequently Asked Questions About:
The Eating Psychology Coach Certification Training
Have questions about our Eating Psychology Coach™ Certification Training and how you can start a new career in nutrition and healing? Below are answers to the top questions we receive. If after reading the frequently asked questions, your question is not answered, simply contact us and we’ll be in touch!
By popular demand, we’re now offering a Winter Enrollment for the Certification Training!
To be considered for this year’s training, you must apply before January 9th, 2015.
In our Eating Psychology Coach Certification Training, you’ll learn specific coaching and counseling tools and how to work with clients, as well as understanding the underlying problems that are causing the food and body issues your clients may be facing. There are many ways to learn about nutrition and health coaching, but the Institute for the Psychology of Eating is the only school that emphasizes an extensive approach to eating psychology along with Mind Body Nutrition.
Here at the Institute, we’ve originated a whole new approach – Dynamic Eating Psychology. This emphasis on our relationship with food makes for a professional educational training that teaches the most effective tools and protocols to successfully address weight, body image, overeating, binge eating, emotional eating, endless dieting, unwanted eating habits, and the most common nutrition related health challenges such as digestion, immunity, fatigue, mood and more. We provide a very solid skills-intensive training that gives graduates a great tool kit to work with clients. Our graduates consistently give our Training very high praise. For so many people, our Eating Psychology Coach Certification Training is life-changing.
IPE is also the only school in the world focusing on the study of Mind Body Nutrition. This approach to nutritional metabolism addresses how digestion, assimilation, calorie burning, and all the nutritive functions of the body are powerfully impacted by stress, relaxation, breathing, pleasure, thoughts, feelings, rhythm, personal story, and so much more. Mind Body Nutrition goes far beyond the common nutrition conversation called “eat this, don’t eat that”. It examines how the relationship between who we are and what we bring to the table profoundly impacts the metabolism of a meal.
In addition to the bonus nutrition module that we offer at IPE for those students who need a refresher course or an introduction to the basics, our training has important nutrition principles that are woven in throughout all of our content. We also offer additional online conferences with leading industry experts that our students can participate in.
The Institute for the Psychology of Eating is well known for educating practitioners who come away confident and truly skilled to help others. We attract already practicing professionals from many different and diverse fields, as well as career changers and students who wish to learn this extremely unique and cutting edge body of work.
Other schools that train health or nutrition coaches focus primarily on different nutritional systems, and give their students a basic, broad-stroke nutrition education in different dietary theories. There is very little overlap between this approach and our Eating Psychology Coach Certification Training. In fact, many students who have previously studied at other schools are attracted to our Training because they truly wish to learn how to help clients in a results-oriented and skills-intensive way.
We take great pride in providing our students with a more personal touch as we are a smaller school that takes students by application only. While some schools accept thousands of students each year, our application process ensures that each person in our training is truly a good match, and that we maintain a high standard of education. The smaller size of our Institute also affords the opportunity for more personal contact between fellow students and staff.
Our student body is inspired and engaged, and our Training is both personally and professionally transformative. Lastly, IPE is the only school that certifies you as an Eating Psychology Coach, which is important to consider as it gives you a competitive edge in a marketplace that’s filled with tens of thousands of health coaches.
We have students from all kinds of backgrounds. Coaches, fitness experts, psychologists, dietitians, nurses, medical doctors, social workers, chiropractors, naturopaths and other medical professionals have graduated from our Training and found it to be a very effective, transformative part of their toolbox. If you’re already seeing clients or patients, you’ll very likely notice that your effectiveness will increase soon into the Training!
Everyone starts at the same place when they come to study at IPE – and while some might have experience from past work, the approach of Dynamic Eating Psychology and Mind Body Nutrition will create cohesion between all the you’ve learned and elevate you to the next level. It really is an incredible body of work.
At the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, we think of our approach as “an eating psychology for everyone.” We help you as a student in our Training explore your own relationship with food and eating, and learn more about how this foundational relationship connects to every aspect of your life — physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. You’ll be doing all of the exercises and reading all of the materials that you will eventually share with your clients. If you truly engage with the Training, you are certain to have many “aha” moments, insights, and new ways of understanding the role of food and eating in your own life — an understanding which you will be able to use to meet your clients where they are.
Quite frankly, it’s difficult to go through this Training and not have some life altering openings and breakthroughs! The Training is designed to help you learn how to serve others by catalyzing your own personal growth when it comes to food, body and health.
At the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, we understand weight as a complex and nuanced topic that has many things to teach us all. We cover the issue of weight in a big way, and through MANY different approaches within the Training itself. We know that weight-related issues are some of the most common reasons that people seek out coaching, and this Training will prepare you to work with your clients’ weight concerns on many levels.
We cannot say whether any individual student will lose weight as they work through the Training — partly because what you get out of the Training depends on your level of personal engagement, and partly because, as Marc David has written, we don’t know how much anyone “should” weigh (link). However, generally speaking, we can say:
- Many of our students who want to lose weight indeed lose it in this Training
- Many students who aren’t even expecting to lose extra weight lose it as well
- Many of our students who are trying to lose weight come to realize that they truly had no weight to lose
- Most people are not aware of the Heath at Every Size approach, and the research on weight and health that shows that for certain people, what we often consider as an “unhealthy” weight is indeed healthy
- So, our approach focuses on if indeed someone truly needs to lose weight, how much weight loss is truly doable and reasonable, if they indeed experience health related challenges associated with their weight or not, and to what degree self attack/shame/stress impacts their weight loss physiology.
We address the issue of weight with science, psychology, respect, patience, and lot of openness and non-judgment.
Once the Training begins, you’ll gain access to an exclusive, password protected website specifically designed to deliver videos, mp3s, downloadable handouts and an online student forum. Each module includes an introductory video and several voice-over PowerPoint slide shows. You can either stream the slide shows online, or download the audio files and listen to them on any mp3-playing device. Each module also contains many handouts that include summaries of the main ideas of the Training and journaling questions and exercises for you to work on. You’ll also receive a list of recommended readings that are specially chosen to deepen and enhance your learning process.
A new module is released every 4-6 weeks. You can proceed through the module at your own pace, but there are tests at the end of each module that must be completed by specific dates. In order to keep on track, we recommend that you set aside about 6-8 hours per week for the Training.
The majority of our students take this Training while also working, raising families, or pursuing other educational goals, and they tell us that it is definitely doable — especially if you’re able to make a plan for when and how you will work on the Training each week, and stick to it. Consistency is a key factor in successfully integrating this Training into an already busy life.
The Training is designed so that you can fit it into your schedule in the way that makes the most sense for you. You can view the videos or listen to the recordings at your convenience, and whenever it fits your schedule. Since all of the audio and PDF materials are yours to keep for life, you can always go back to them after the Training is finished and work with them in greater depth. We often hear from our students that they continue to return to the materials many times after the conclusion of the Training, and discover new insights each time.
Included in the Training are two live teleclasses each month with Marc David. These teleclasses are question-and-answer sessions, and they are great opportunities for you to ask Marc your questions about the content of the Training. All of the teleclasses are recorded and available online within 24 hours for those who cannot attend the live calls.
Also built into the Training are multiple ways for you to connect with your fellow students. You will be invited to join both an online forum within the Training website, and a private Facebook group. These groups will give you many opportunities to connect with your fellow students, share insights, and support one another as you progress through the Training. The Training also includes an optional peer coaching program. If you sign up for this, you’ll be matched with another student with whom you will meet monthly to practice the coaching techniques that you’re learning. This will not only give you solid coaching practice, but it will also help you to gain new insights about your own process. And finally, the Training ends with an optional LIVE event where you’ll have a chance to come together with your fellow graduates and meet in person!
The entire content of the Training is delivered online through a distance learning website. The live teleclasses each month can simply be accessed by phone or Skype. At the end of the Training there will be an optional in-person “finale” event. Attendance at the event is not necessary for completion of the Training, but it is a great way to meet the people you’ve interacted with throughout the Training!
Although it is very flexible, the Training is not completely self paced. We operate more like a traditional school, where everyone starts and ends at the same time each year. We find that this creates a great sense of community, as everyone is progressing through each of the 7 modules as a group. This includes the bonus modules for Nutrition and Business Coaching, which are released at different times throughout the Training once Marc has laid a solid foundation.
We deliver the Training via a multimedia platform distance-learning website, which you can access anytime, and view the videos or listen to the audio recordings at your convenience once the appropriate module is released. Each module concludes with a brief multiple choice assessment. You’ll need to complete the assessments by the due dates provided for each module.
All of the classes are also available as downloadable mp3’s so you can listen to them on the go – and these are yours for life. Many students return to the material further down the line if they didn’t have enough time to dive in as deeply as they wanted to during the actual Training. So, you can choose how deeply you immerse yourself in the material as a way to manage your changing schedule.
These are not complex or difficult questions, but rather a reflection of the core concepts that were covered in that module. Students will also have a final multiple choice exam due at the end of the Training. There’s plenty of time before it’s due to prepare for it.
There is no grading system in this Training, as this is a stand-alone certification rather than a series of separate courses.
Ultimately, a certification is only as good as the practitioner who receives it, and the integrity of the institution granting it. Your certification as an Eating Psychology Coach lets the world know that you have put in the time and commitment that qualify you to educate and coach in the Dynamic Eating Psychology and Mind Body Nutrition fields. It acknowledges that you have a unique skill-set and a cutting edge education. The Institute for the Psychology of Eating is fully approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education – Division of Private Occupational Schools. The rigorous process we have undergone helps ensure that our standards are high and your education is backed by a strong, respected, and demanding governing body.
This Training is a stand-alone professional certification process that will prepare you for the coaching profession. It is an advanced and unique Training that is comprehensive and is meant to prepare graduates for a career. We graduate our students with the ability to go into business for themselves with skill and confidence, regardless of prior educational background, and we often see our graduates making back the money that they invested in the Training in less than a year.
As an Eating Psychology Coach, you can open your own consulting business and see clients one-on-one or in group settings. This is a very popular choice for many of our graduates. In addition to seeing private clients, you can create digital products or in-person group programs, among other things. Some graduates also work in wellness centers, spas, chiropractic offices, retreat centers, fitness centers, or as part of a team with other coaches or counselors.
In addition, the Institute provides an entire business module that is highly effective for learning things like setting up a website, networking, creating a mailing list, and all the basics needed to get a business going — as well as envisioning how you might wish to place yourself in the field as a coach. This module will give you lots of new ideas that you haven’t yet thought of for how you can put your new skills into action. Of course, it’s up to you to make things happen — and the only limit to your possibilities is your own imagination!
Here are some ways that our graduates have used their Training:
• Accelerate and expand an already existing practice
• Career change in less than a year
• Work one-on-one in a private coaching practice
• Work in corporate wellness education – designing and implementing programs
• Work with small groups – running classes and retreats
• Teach and work with children – creating youth programs
• Work with digestion, immune, and fatigue issues in a unique and cutting-edge way
• Specialize in weight loss coaching
• Work with emotional eating – binge eating, overeating, and chronic dieting
• Mentor other professionals
• Own or work in a health clinic or wellness center
• Augment your career as a personal trainer or fitness specialist
• Create a virtual business working with clients all over the world
• Teach teleclasses or lead online seminars.
• Augment your skills as a nutrition teacher
• Supplement a traditional psychology education
• Branch out from being a health coach
• Be a better and more well rounded dietitian
• Incorporate Eating Psychology Coaching into your yoga or Pilates practice
• Be a better nutritional professional
• Supplement your career in the culinary field
• Launch a website, blog, and private practice
• Expand your client pool
• Enhance personal growth and healing
• Gain more confidence with clients
• Discover new tools and techniques that truly work
• Increase income with specialized offerings and increased proficiency
To read more about what our graduates are doing, check out our Testimonials page!
This Training attracts students from all over the world. As a Certified Eating Psychology Coach, you will be able to practice in any country as a coach. Our certification will not legally allow you to be a licensed clinical psychologist, counselor, nutritionist, or dietician. In most countries (including the U.S.), coaches cannot receive insurance payments unless they also hold other credentials. You also would not be able to diagnose ailments or prescribe any particular dietary plans.
Coaches offer insight, advice, suggestions, give tools and skills to clients, offer strategies, and more.
Every country has different rules and regulations regarding how they address various certifications. As with any certification or degree, there are both limitations and options – it depends on the type of work you want to do. As long as you stay within the parameters of what an Eating Psychology Coach can and cannot do – which we fully discuss in our Training – you will be able to practice from anywhere with our certification.
You can read more about career opportunities HERE.
We also include a Business Development Module in this Training to help you launch your practice. This section of the course is offered at no additional cost and will cover the basics of what you need to get started. You can learn more about that HERE.
The rest, or course, is really up to you and how you envision yourself making use of this wonderful education! To see what some of our past students are doing, check out our testimonials page.
We are continuing to seek alliances with other professional organizations for Continuing Education credits. In the meantime, many of our students have independently submitted this Training to their professional organizations for CEU credits. We are happy to provide documentation of hours of study and topics covered for you to independently apply for CEUs.
We also offer listing in our Eating Psychology Coach Graduate directory for a small annual fee. This is where we refer anyone who is looking to work with one of our coaches. We frequently promote the directory, and it gets quite a bit of traffic. This is one of the best ways we support our students once they are certified. You can check out our Directory HERE.
Additionally, we periodically offer continuing education and advanced trainings to our graduates.
Each application is carefully reviewed by Marc David, Founder of the Institute, and Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute, to determine whether the applicant would be a good match for this Training and for this type of work. There are no academic prerequisites; rather, we look for qualities such as passion, enthusiasm, commitment, and innovative thinking. As a result of the application process, our student body is a wonderful and inspired group of individuals from many perspectives and walks of life who are committed to a fresh, new, breakthrough approach, and to making a real difference in the lives of others.
A high-speed Internet connection is desirable, because some of the file sizes are large, and may take long time to download with a slower speed or dial-up connection.
We strongly recommend that our students get a blank journal or notebook so that you can keep all of your responses to the Training exercises in one place.
Finally, the Training includes a number of recommended readings. These books are completely optional, and you can either purchase them or get them from the library.
Yes! Our most popular offering for the general public is our 8-week online program – Transform Your Relationship with Food.
This program is designed to help you transform your personal relationship with food when it comes to overeating, binge eating, body image concerns, unwanted eating habits, weight challenges, digestive issues, fatigue, dietary and health concerns, and so much more. It is a great way to benefit from the powerful principles and strategies that we’ve originated here at the Institute in Dynamic Eating Psychology and Mind Body Nutrition.
Transform Your Relationship with Food is not a professional training, but it’s a good way to get exposure to the work we do. We’ve had many participants in this program become so inspired that they’ve gone on to take the Eating Psychology Coach Certification Training so that they could help others transform their own lives!
You can go HERE to learn more about this powerful virtual retreat.
We also periodically offer other programs, online conferences, and special events. Please sign up for our mailing list to be notified of any new programs as soon as they are announced, or simply visit our events page.
Our two major offerings, the Eating Psychology Coach Certification Training and Transform Your Relationship with Food, both draw from the foundational concepts of Dynamic Eating Psychology and Mind Body Nutrition, but these programs have very different structures and intentions and are COMPLETELY different! Here is a breakdown of the differences:
Transform Your Relationship with Food (TYRF) is a program for the public that takes a cutting edge approach to help people with body image concerns, emotional eating, binge eating, overeating, weight challenges, endless dieting, and health issues such as digestion, fatigue, immunity and others. It’s a personal growth program, NOT a professional certification training. It features powerful concepts designed to help people get unstuck – coaching tools and personal growth strategies that are results driven. The entire online program is designed as a transformational experience to help people create the change they need most.
Our Eating Psychology Coach Certification(EPCC), on the other hand, is a powerful, information-rich, 250 hour professional program that certifies you as an Eating Psychology Coach and provides an unprecedented professional training that’ll leave you with a strong skill-set and the confidence to work with the most common and compelling eating concerns of our times – weight, body image, overeating, binge eating, emotional eating, endless dieting, digestion, fatigue, immunity, mood and much more. We offer this training in an online distance learning format that you can take from anywhere in the world. This professional training lasts for 8 months and when completed, graduates are certified to practice as an Eating Psychology Coach from anywhere in the world.
The total tuition for EPCC is $6,950 and confers a certification as an Eating Psychology Coach upon completion.
The total cost for TYRF is $495.00 and is a unique personal transformational experience that confers no certification.
Please note: In the Eating Psychology Coach Certification Training, it’s highly likely that you’ll experience some powerful personal growth and transformation in your own relationship with food, body and health. We’ve designed this professional training so that going through the materials and exercises helps our students have their own breakthroughs as a way to prepare them to work with clients. The Training provides lots of opportunity for you to go deeply into your own personal relationship with food.
One of the best ways to determine whether this Training will be a good match for you is to view the free videos offered throughout our website, and especially the free video series The Dynamic Eating Psychology Breakthrough. You can sign up HERE to view the series.
Our videos offer an introduction to the approach that we teach at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, and also give you a chance to check out Marc David’s teaching style. Marc David is the primary teacher for the Training, while Emily Rosen presents the Bonus Business Development Module.
The Institute for the Psychology of Eating is fully approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education – Division of Private Occupational Schools. The rigorous process we have undergone helps ensure that our standards are high and that a strong, respected, and demanding governing body backs your education. We are a growing, mission-driven organization and are here to stay!
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Powerful – The work is deep, real, immediate, and goes to the core of what ails our relationships with food, body, and health.
Soulful – Our whole approach is grounded in the richness of the soul, and the teachings of timeless wisdom traditions that view human affairs from a greater, more artful and compassionate reality.
Scientific – The Training is rooted in nutrition knowledge that is clear, concise, and clinically useful.
Intuitive – In addition to exercising your cognitive muscles, you’ll honor and strengthen your intuitive ones as well.
Transformational – The Training is designed to assist you in your own alchemical growth and healing, which truly qualifies us more deeply as a healer and counselor of other.
By popular demand, we’re now offering a Winter Enrollment for the Certification Training!
To be considered for this year’s training, you must apply before January 9th, 2015.
Or, if you’d like to connect with an enrollment advisor who can answer your questions first, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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