The Eating Disorder Task Force is a collaborative effort by Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS), Student Health Services (SHS), Health Education Outreach (HEO), Athletics, and the Dean of Student office to provide resources and direct services to students struggling with eating disorders.
The Student Wellness Team (SWT) is comprised of three joint health and wellness services (MCAPS, SHS, HEO) which work in collaboration to provide support for students with body image and disordered eating concerns. Providers from the three services collaborate on an individual case-by-case basis as well as meet as a consultation group to discuss student needs and concerns. SWT does not provide ongoing eating disorder treatment but rather consultation, assessment, education, referrals, and temporary care until more comprehensive treatment services can be secured. The role of each service is outlined below:
Student Health Services (SHS)
Students with body image and/or disordered eating present to SHS based upon self-referral, referral by Deans or other campus offices, and referral by MCAPS or HEO. A complete history, physical exam, and diagnostic screening /testing will be performed (some tests may incur an additional cost). Referrals for psychological and nutritional counseling and other treatment services may be provided (psychiatrists, intensive outpatient programs, inpatient programs, etc.).
Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS)
Students with body image concerns and/or disordered eating present to MCAPS based upon self-referral, referral by Deans or other campus offices, referral by SHS or HEO. The presenting student attends an initial intake appointment with a MCAPS therapist during which time current and past eating history, current and past weight history, current and past physical and psychological symptoms, and treatment history will be assessed. If the student is not already connected with SHS, a referral will be made to assess/monitor physical aspects of student’s disordered eating behavior. Referrals to HEO or an off-campus nutritionist may be provided depending on client’s specific concerns and symptom presentation. Client’s assigned therapist will assess appropriateness for brief versus long-term treatment (in consultation with SHS when indicated) and/or group therapy and will facilitate referrals.
Health Education Outreach (HEO)
Students with body image and/or disordered eating present to HEO based upon self-referral, referral by Deans or other campus offices, or referral by SHS or MCAPS. General nutrition and education information will be provided by a health educator. If ongoing nutritional consultation is needed, community referrals will be provided. Referrals to on-campus resources, such as MCAPS or SHS, as well as off-campus resources will also be provided.
If necessary (or with student’s permission), any of our services will also help coordinate an extended support system which may include parents, Deans, or other on or off-campus services.