Our training has been awarded CPD points by the IACP in Ireland, the CPD Certification Service in the UK – which is globally recognised – and the Australian Counselling Association.
Our training is now available online, on a monthly enrollment basis. The online program is run part time over 5 weeks. You start with a group at the beginning of a month and work with that group over 5 weeks.
Each week, you will need around 6.5 hours to dedicate to the training. You will have 3-4 video modules to watch, written exercises to complete, additional reading to do and attendance at a weekly, Online Live Group Call.
An 80% attendance on live calls is required to be signed off as an Eating Freely Practitioner and be awarded CPD points.
Eating Freely training is licensed, because we pride ourselves on the high professional standards we expect from our Therapists. Our clients are in a somewhat vulnerable group – they have been promised the sun, moon and stars by every rubbish diet and weight loss program out there – losing years of time and thousands of euro in the process.
We guarantee to our clients that their Eating Freely Therapist is a fully qualified, trained specialist whom they can trust. We have minimum criteria that our Practitioners must meet, and minimum standards of program delivery and conduct that Practitioners must observe – to protect the integrity of our program AND your/our reputation.
The license agreement allows you to deliver the Eating Freely Program to clients for the period of 1 year on a renewable contract basis. The License Agreement itself lays out our expectations and guidelines for Practitioners – there is nothing unexpected or unrealistic in there, for example we ask that Practitioners abide by our Branding Guidelines, and do not copy our program – obvious guidelines!
Renewal in year 2 and beyond will be subject to a few practical terms and conditions – for example you will need to have seen a certain minimum number of Eating Freely clients in the preceding year, attended a minimum number of peer group supervision sessions, etc.
Being part of our Licensed Network offers you the ability to receive higher fees per session, the security of clients paying up front or in instalments for a program with a set number of sessions, and of course all the additional training and peer support within the Therapist Community.
After your first year, you’ll be offered new CPD approved training which can allow you to run the program for groups, run a retreat, and even become an Eating Freely Trainer – amongst other opportunities.
Our vision is to create a training and support community like nothing else. Apart from CPD approved clinical training, our Therapists benefit from both training in local marketing, AND centralised marketing from Eating Freely HQ. We also run business development workshops for our community, as Therapists generally do not ‘love’ the business side of Therapy! Ready to Go branded marketing materials, peer support from our community, and regular peer group supervision are all benefits of joining us.
Part of our training includes a comprehensive consultation process for clients enquiring about the program. We give you step by step support in featuring Eating Freely on your website (if you have one), accepting and conducting online consultations, and guiding clients through the process of joining the program. All of our Therapists are also featured on the Eating Freely website with easy contact buttons for local clients to connect with you.
You can do as much or as little marketing as you wish. Not only can you confidently offer online consultations, but you can also run free talks in your area, advertise with local GP’s and medical centres, and even offer a full one day workshop that potential clients pay to attend – all ‘Done For You’ through our Community Resources for Therapists.