Supporting Clients at Risk Of Eating Disorders (SCARED)

This course is approved by AUSactive (formerly Fitness Australia) for continuing education credits. It has also been reviewed by the InsideOut Institute for Eating Disorders. This education is a must for any exercise professional, coach or PHHPE teacher. 

Course Overview

Exercise professionals have an opportunity to work alongside allied health professionals to make a positive difference to the health of someone at risk of or suffering an eating disorder. Eating disorders are not indicated by body shape or size. Having an understanding of this serious mental illness, knowing what to look and listen for, using appropriate communication, and knowledge of referral pathways, exercise professionals and sports coaches can play an important part in recovery. 

Eleni of Brazengrowth is the first author of “Exercise Professionals’ Knowledge and Understanding of Eating Disorders and Excessive Exercise”. You can read this study in the Juniper Online Journal of Public Health below.

Next Virtual course delivered over 2 x 3 hour sessions:

Dates: Friday July 8 and Saturday July 9, 2pm – 5pm each day

Early Bird Price till June 9  $160.00


Per person face-to-face


Per person virtual delivery

This course is only for those 18 years and over 

Course Objectives

Participants will gain an understanding of:


Appropriate screening


Identifying red flags that a person may be at risk


The need for early intervention and the role of an exercise professional


Effective communication with a person at risk


Referral pathways to allied health professionals to meet the needs of a client


Work alongside a team of allied health to understand appropriate procedures for exercise prescription to improve the health of a client

Benefits of this workshop

Severe dieting increase risk

Young people diet are five times more likely to develop an eating disorder. (Patton et. al 1999)

Mental illness

Eating disorders are mental illnesses where people experience severe disturbances in eating behaviours and related thoughts and emotions.


A number of people at risk of an eating disorder are also at risk of over exercising (Bewell-Weissa & Carter,2010)

Industry Participants

The highest participation rates of fitness activities are those age groups at highest risk.

Early Intervention

Exercise professionals are in a prime position to identify red flags and to instigate referral for early intervention.

Maintain Best Practice

Education to support best outcomes for clients as part of a team with allied health professionals.

Study reveals more education is needed

Exercise professionals can often identify the signs of unhealthy behaviours that put someone at risk but are often not sure how to approach the person. This course equips you to do so.

Recommendations for the Fitness Industry

Brazengrowth headed up a steering committee and collaborated with the lnsideOut Institute of Eating Disorders, exercise professionals and AUSactive (formerly known as Fitness Australia) to formulate a set of recommendations to provide guidance to exercise professionals when engaging with clients at risk of eating disorders and/or excessive exercise

What Participants Think

Supporting Clients at Risk Of Eating

per person

This course is only for those 18 years and over 

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • The characteristic features of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and muscle dysmorphia.
  • The development of an eating disorder
  • Eating disorders as a serious mental health concern
  • The prevalence of eating disorders
  • The need for early intervention
  • How to determine the need for intervention and referral process to a health professional (if not already in their care)
  • Developing pre-screening questions to include in initial screening
  • Developing secondary screening to determine disordered eating/eating disorders and excessive exercise.
  • Work alongside allied health professionals to serve the health of clients.
  • Healthy V Unhealthy diet and exercise behaviours
  • The media and its influence on already distorted thought processes
  • Modifying language and communication to meet the health needs of clients.
  • The need for a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment of eating disorders
  • Messages often communicated in the fitness Industry
  • The health medical/health complications of unhealthy diet, exercise and compensatory behaviours and contraindications for exercise.
  • Appropriate procedures to meet the health needs of clients with mental health concerns, in particular eating disorders, as outlined in the guidelines for the fitness industry.
  • Organisations to go to for further information and resources.

This presentation satisfies the following points from AUSactive (Formerly Fitness Australia) Position Statement:

  • Provides individually tailored client assessments, program development, instruction and

demonstration, supervised exercise sessions and client reviews. Maintains consistent

monitoring and support for clients.

  • Registered Exercise Professionals may work with higher risk clientele (whose conditions

are stabilised and managed) after making a written referral to and receiving

documented guidance on the exercise program from the clients’ treating medical and/or

allied health practitioner.

  • Pre exercise health screening
  • Safety and Risk Assessment and Management
  • Fitness Assessment and analysis in accordance with knowledge and skill obtained

through qualification and/or continuing education

  • Development of safe, effective and appropriate exercise programs tailored to client or

group needs

  • Provision of general nationally endorsed public health information that will educate and

support positive client health outcomes

  • Use of evidence based protocols to enhance client exercise adherence through goal

setting, motivation, guidance, social support, relapse prevention and feedback

  • Referring to medical or allied health professionals for guidance. Utilising best practice

referral/ feedback processes to optimise client health outcomes.

Reference: Fitness Australia (2014). Position Statement: Scope of Practice for Registered Exercise Professionals Retrieved May, 2015 from

There are three assessment components to this course:

  1. Participation in activities during course
  2. Observation of role play scenarios
  3. Short written component (True/False, Multiple Choice and short answers)

$260 per person or total of $2000 for a group of 8-16 participants

Two modes of delivery to suit your needs:

  • Face-to-face including in-house bookings (7 hours duration) 
  • Online virtual via zoom (6 hours that can be delivered over 2 sessions)

Yes! This AUSactive approved course provides you with 7 CEC’s for face-to-face or 6 CEC’s for the virtual delivery.

Teachers may use this as self-identified professional development.


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