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Outreach & Education


The Center for Eating Disorders’ outreach department is available to provide on-site education and prevention activities for community audiences on a variety of topics related to eating disorder awareness and prevention. You can request a presentation for your school, campus, organization or company at any time. Read on to find out additional details about our outreach programs.

Schools – Students, Families and Staff

Our outreach staff is available to provide classroom-based education and prevention workshops for students in an engaging and interactive format.  In accordance with best-practices, presentations for students always focus on the promotion of protective factors including positive body image, normal development and media literacy.  Our team also offers more in-depth, workshops for parents, educators and coaches focused on early warning signs, what to do if you suspect a child has an eating disorder, and how to develop a school/home environment that promotes health and size acceptance.  Examples of presentations are listed below but we can also tailor a workshop to your specific needs. Request a presentation for your school or email the Community Outreach Coordinator with questions about outreach and education opportunities.

  • Eating Disorders & Body Image
  • Media Literacy
  • Love Your Tree – creative arts poster campaign
  • At-Risk Populations i.e. athletes, dancers
  • Eating Disorders: a Primer for parents, teachers and coaches (great for PTA groups)
  • Nutrition & Healthy Development
  • How to Help a Friend/Student/Child with an Eating Disorder
  • Risk & Protective Factors for Eating Disorders
  • Eating Disorders: Early Identification & Intervention
  • Raising Kids with Positive Body Image

Some of the schools where we’ve provided outreach in the past include:

  • Atholton High School
  • Bel Air High School
  • Bryn Mawr School
  • The Catholic High School of Baltimore
  • Century High School
  • The Key School (Annapolis)
  • Lime Kiln Middle School
  • Mt. Carmel High School
  • The Park School of Baltimore
  • Pine Grove Middle School
  • Roland Park Middle School
  • St. Paul’s Plus
  • Beth Tfiloh
  • Center City Charter Schools (D.C.)
  • Hannah Moore School
  • Mercy High School
  • Notre Dame Preparatory School
  • River Hill High School
  • Severn School
  • St Timothy’s School
  • The Shoshana S. Cardin School

Colleges & Universities

The Center for Eating Disorders is located in close proximity to many colleges and universities. Because eating disorders affect college students at a particularly high rate, The Center provides a College Outreach Program that is designed to offer targeted education to college students, and campus groups. Additionally, the Center can provide consultation to the eating disorder treatment professionals at colleges/universities. You can request a workshop or email the College Liaison for more information about our college outreach services, which include:

  • Trainings for campus staff about eating disorders or related topics
  • Consultation on difficult cases and support regarding campus policies around eating disorders
  • Referral & treatment support for students with eating disorders
  • Transition support for students returning to campus from a higher level of care
  • Specialized campus presentations re: eating disorder awareness (i.e. dancers & eating disorders, athletes and eating disorders)
  • Representation at campus health-fairs, discussion panels, or other campus events

Some of the colleges and universities our Outreach Department has worked with include:

  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Towson University
  • McDaniel College
  • Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
  • Goucher College
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Anne Arundel Community College
  • Mount Saint Mary’s College
  • Hood College
  • Carroll Community College
  • Allegany College
  • Stevenson University
  • University of Delaware

Community Organizations, Local Businesses & Special Events

Eating disorders do not discriminate based on age, gender, race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status. We welcome the opportunity to raise awareness about eating disorders and provide education to any organization or segment of the population. We are also happy to discuss participation in events or collaboration around special projects. Please email the Community Outreach Coordinator or call us at (410) 938-5252 for additional information. Past partnerships and community outreach participation has included the following:

  • Art in The Park
  • Balto Co. African American Festival
  • Hadassah
  • Maryland Art Educators Association
  • Northrup Grummon
  • Sage Dining Services
  • Upper Bay Counseling Center
  • Artscape
  • Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
  • Jewish Community Services
  • Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health
  • Powered By Me Student Athlete Conference
  • The Orthodox Union

Questions about our community outreach programs?  Please don’t hesitate to call us at (410) 938-5252 or click on any of the following links:

If you are interested in advanced presentations and training for heath/mental health providers or opportunities for continuing education, please visit our Medical Professionals page.

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