Eating Disorders Services

Eating/Body Image/Weight-Related Psychological Services for Students

 

Miami University Student Counseling Service

 
Updated 09/2015

 

Initial Consultations

Initial consultation appointments for assessment of eating/body image-related concerns can be scheduled by calling 529-4634

  • All SCS staff conduct 15-20 minute initial consultations

  • Student must call him/herself; family member or friend cannot make appointment

  • Friend, ORL staff, or family member may come with student to appointment

  • Treatment recommendations and referrals are discussed at end of an initial consultation

A more comprehensive evaluation may be recommended after the initial consultation appointment if additional assessment is required to determine treatment recommendations

  • Short-term individual counseling or group counseling may be offered at SCS or student may be referred out

  • Eating disorder intervention is multifaceted and may mean working with several specialists. Referrals are routinely made for:

Medical monitoring – Tammy Gustin, RN, Becky Petraglia, or Dr. Susan Bantz, Miami University’s Student Health Service at 529-3000

Nutritional counseling - Lisa Swanson. RD or Nancy Schmidt, RD with McCullough-Hyde Hospital at 524-5555

  • SCS offers mandated/required eating/body image evaluations on an occasional case-by-case basis

  • SCS does not offer mandated/required counseling

Students must be voluntarily seeking services for themselves

  • Eating disorder screening is available online: Eating Disorders Online Screening

  • Packets of relevant information for students with these concerns are available through SCS

These can be mailed out or picked up; they do not require an appointment be made

Individual Psychotherapy

Evaluation is required before determining whether ongoing counseling services are available at MU SCS for students to assess the nature and severity of eating problems

  • Students requiring longer-term counseling who have more severe concerns are typically referred to community therapists or to more intensive treatment services

  • At peak times of the academic year, ongoing counseling may not be available at SCS due to intense demand for services

Students may be referred out for services or be placed on SCS waitlist for services

  • Short-term individual counseling is available with various SCS counselors

      First 3 sessions are free; thereafter sessions are $25 each and billed to Bursar account

      Fee waivers and reductions are available as needed in case of financial hardship


Eating & Body/Self-Image Psychotherapy Group 

  • Offered at the beginning of every fall and spring semester

  • Free to full-time MU female-identified students only

  • Group includes 5 – 9 members and closes to new members after a few weeks

  • Group screening interview is required; contact SCS Coordinator of Women’s Services: Dr. Ashley Wilson at 529-4634

  • Eating disorder and body/self-image concerns prominent source of distress/impairment

  • Students may also be referred to other relevant SCS groups (e.g. BeYOUtiful Beings, Disordered Eating Support Group, Women’s Group)

Consultation to Friends/Family/Faculty/Coaches

SCS offers consultation services to those who are concerned about another student’s eating/weight/body image problems

  • Packets  of relevant information for concerned others are available through SCS

  • These can be mailed out or picked up; they do not require an appointment be made

  • MU students who are concerned about someone can call for phone consultation or make an initial evaluation appointment to discuss their concerns with a counselor at SCS

  • SCS offers guidelines on how to talk with someone about their eating problems through pamphlets or on-line resources: Eating Disorders

Outreach Services

General Information

 Presentations can be requested at any time through Student Counseling Service

  • Contact Dr. Jennifer Young at 529-4634

  • Specifically tailored to meet the needs of particular groups

Could contain psycho-educational content about eating/weight/body image

Can be adapted to requested length of program and number of attendees

  • HAWKS peer educators also offer relevant programs

Contact Leslie Haxby-McNeill at 529-5047