Eating Disorders In the College Population Embody Carolina: Providing Eating Disorder Support with Peer Education

This presentation will introduce a new initiative for eating disorder identification and outreach on college campuses. Embody Carolina is a peer-led training program that teaches students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to effectively detect eating disorders among their peers and to compassionately and appropriately provide support. Participants learn appropriate roles and boundaries and learn specific methods for promoting recovery and providing resources. Formed by UNC students in collaboration with the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, Embody provides a necessary bridge between the professional treatment available in the community and the students at college campuses. The proposed presentation will provide participants with an overview of the training program and methods for implementing this program on other campuses. Acceptability and preliminary efficacy of Embody Carolina will be discussed. Such information is provided in the hope that this program could be extended to other college campuses with the aim of enhancing support for individuals with eating disorders, thus facilitating the recovery process.