Course description for the INFACT School, Food Addiction Counseling and Treatment

For College ability level 2
Unit numbers 7 (Hours taught 150, homework + assignments 50 hours, total 200 hours)

Description:
The INFACT school is focused on many kinds of addiction, with particular emphasis
on food addiction and disorders. The 12 core functions in addiction diagnosis
and treatment are covered, as well as continuing education for counselors and
their professional development. Treatment continuity is discussed with many
kinds of treatments, which the counselor should know to be aware of
referral options and to be able to supervise client treatment. Students are
introduced to many treatment options, for example, motivational interviewing
and problem-solving methods.

Prerequisites:   None

Knowledge criteria:
The student will, after this course, know and understand:

• symptoms of addiction
• 12 core functions in diagnosing and treating food addiction
• the main criteria for those core functions
• setting up a treatment plan for each client
• common treatment methods
• treatment continuity with several methods of treatment
• treatment supervision
• working with trauma and crisis
• keeping records of treatments

Skills criteria:
The student will, after this course, have the skills to:

• assess addictions
• set up a treatment plan
• define treatment methods
• set up a report on client treatment
• diagnose the need for special trauma consultation

Ability criteria:

The student will, after this course, be able to utilize the knowledge and skills
that they have acquired to:
• connect the course material to treatments for sick food addicts
• read client status to be able to focus on the correct direction
• utilize treatment plans as a treatment motivator
• find the best treatment fit for each particular client
• be creative in treatment approaches and all work with clients
• keep a report on work with a specific client
• find ways to address trauma, if needed
• support clients in sustaining themselves after treatment
• support clients in seeking their health and well-being in treatment and
after treatment
• consult with peers and supervisors on treatment approaches
• consult with clients and work with them in a democratic function on an
equality basis
• respect clients‘ human rights as well as their loved ones
• work by personal data protection, ethical standards for
counselors and general tolerance

Course assessment:
Homework, assignments, presentation, and a final test