Join Shawna Melbourn, RD, CEDRD-S, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor as she guides your learning during this 17 CUE online course for Registered Dietitians and other healthcare providers.

ED for RDs: Eating Disorder EDucation for Registered Dietitians was created to help Dietitians and other healthcare providers enhance their confidence and counselling skills as they walk alongside those who are struggling with their relationship with food. During this course, Shawna will explore many different cases to help you learn from her almost 15 years of experiencing working with this vulnerable and rewarding population.


If you’ve supported individuals with their wellbeing, you have most likely encountered clients experiencing eating disorders and disordered eating. You may have witnessed how profoundly people’s lives are impacted by these circumstances. As a compassionate and caring Dietitian or provider, you want to do anything you can to help these clients. However, it can be difficult to create a brave space where clients can share openly, feel heard, and courageously move towards recovery. This is especially challenging if you as a Dietitian or provider feel ill equipped to support your client.




This course may be the right fit for you if:
  • You are new to Nutrition Therapy for Eating Disorder Treatment
  • You are an experienced provider who wants to deepen your counselling skills and expand your helping toolbox
  • You are a curious and compassionate Dietitian or provider who would like to support more individuals with their relationship with food
  • You are worried about what to say to your client that you suspect may be experiencing an eating disorder
  • Know what to say and how to say it to gain your client’s trust in the face of an eating disorder.
  • Detect the early signs of eating challenges.
  • Design a meal plan that meets your client where they are at.
  • Understand the effects of malnutrition and how it impacts your client’s ability to heal.
  • Play a valuable role in dismantling eating challenges to help your client begin recovery.
  • Handle the difficult conversations that come up with your clients.
  • 17 CEUs
  • 12 LIVE Q&A calls to support you as you learn and apply these skills.
  • Over 11 hours of pre-recorded bite-sized modules to watch at your convenience.
  • Access to ED for RDs private Facebook group.
  • 365 days to consume the course material at your own pace.
  • Access to Shawna via email throughout the entire course.
  • Recordings of all live calls so you can listen at your own convenience.
  • Practical teachings that you can apply right away in your own practice.
  • Case studies of tricky situations commonly encountered.
  • Handouts to help guide your sessions. 
  • Suggested reading list and videos to support your learning and provide to clients.

Module 1

In this module, you will learn:

  • What is an eating disorder – going deep into the experience
  • Eating disorder diagnoses – covering diagnostic criteria and why they matter
  • Difference between an eating disorder and disordered eating
  • Prevalence of eating disorders and why our work matters
Module 2

In this module, you will learn:

  • The role of the Registered Dietitian and collaborating with the treatment team
  • Who is on the treatment team
  • Collaborating with each member of the team and what you need to know
  • What to do if you don’t have a team
  • Common challenges that RDs may experiencing working with the treatment team


Module 3

In this module, you will learn:

  • Meal support strategies for your client and family/caregivers
  • What it’s like to eat with an eating disorder at the table
  • Meal support
  • Components of meal support
  • Meal support do’s and don’ts
  • Symptom interruption
  • “Normalized” eating when “abnormal” eating is normal
Module 4

In this module, you will learn:

  • How does an eating disorder begin, who is at risk and how can it be prevented?
  • Questions to ask your client if you suspect eating challenges
  • Prevention strategies
  • Impact of social media
  • The harm of weight bias and discrimination in eating disorder care
  • The role of the dietitian in weight-inclusive care
  • Why diets are harmful
  • Eating disorders in the nutrition profession
Module 5

In this module, you will learn:

Rolling with Resistance – what to say and how to say it so it is heard
Common counseling skills that are important to get acquainted with
Barriers to counseling
Grounding techniques
Moving from “off” topic to “on” topic
Discussing challenging topics

Module 6

In this module, you will learn:

  • Applying Best Practices depending on your client’s diagnosis and nutritional state
  • Nutrition goals, regardless of diagnosis
  • Assessing a food recall
  • Effects of malnourishment and why this matters
  • Nutrition therapy for your client experiencing restrictive vs binge/purge vs ARFID behaviors and thoughts
  • Refeeding syndrome
  • Blood work
  • Vitamin and mineral supplementation
  • Meal planning
  • Challenging foods
  • Food rituals
  • How to determine goal weights
  • Growth curve interpretation
  • GI discomfort
  • Nutrition for activity and movement
Eating Disorder Psychology

Learn from Dr. Katherine Henderson and Dr. Shari Mayman, co-founders and co-directors of Anchor Psychological Services.  They will provide instruction and insight into the psychological side of eating disorders.

Experience the Voice

Robyn has volunteered to share her experience of having an Eating Disorder so that Registered Dietitians can better understand their client’s perspective.  Robyn will provide you with insight into what it is like to have an eating disorder from someone who has fully recovered.

Ready to get started?

Registration is OPEN and course begins October 26th, 2020.

Registration closes October 26th, 2020

ED for RDs: 1-Year training


+ 8.8% taxes = $652.80

Registration is currently closed, but will reopen Spring 2021!

1 YEAR of training that includes:

  • 17 CEUs
  • 12 coaching calls
  • 8 pre-recorded modules + many, many resources!
  • Unlimited email access to Shawna
  • Access to the private Facebook group to learn alongside your peers
Add your email to the waitlist
ED for RDs: 1-Year training PAYMENT PLAN


12 payments

Registration is currently closed, but will reopen Spring 2021!

1 YEAR of training that includes:

  • 17 CEUs
  • 12 coaching calls
  • 8 pre-recorded modules + many, many resources!
  • Unlimited email access to Shawna
  • Access to the private Facebook group to learn alongside your peers
Add your email to the waitlist

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take me to get through the course content?

There is a total of 11 hours of pre-recorded videos, plus 12 hours worth of live Q&A sessions, plus resources, extra videos and documents that are available for you to enhance your learning. Most people set aside 2-4 hours per month over the year to consume the course material.

I am new to the field of dietetics. Will this course be too advanced for my skill level?

Absolutely not. The course information is designed for RDs at any level of practice. Even if you have been practicing for several years, this course will have something available for everyone.

Does this course include CEUs?

Yes! In fact, it includes 17 CEUs that are pre-approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

My profession is not a Registered Dietitian - can I still take this course?

Absolutely!! In fact I encourage any healthcare provider from all backgrounds and areas of expertise to take this course! While the information presented is heavily weighted to support the dietetic profession, there are areas of this course that will be fantastic for you to dive into.

After all, the focus of this course is to help any healthcare provider to learn how to best support individuals and families affected by an eating disorder. This course content focuses on how to carve out spaces in our sessions that are safe, compassionate, and supportive, in order to help the person and family to talk about their most difficult experiences living with this disorder.