Welcome to your CEDRD journey!
CEDRD supervision can seem complicated, and I’m here to help you in any way I can.
I’ve supervised over 40 dietitians just like you across the finish line to CEDRD.
You’re in good hands!
The CEDRD supervision guidelines were just updated in March of 2021.
If you started supervision before this March, you can follow the previous guidelines OR switch to the new ones.
The new required minimums are:
- 24 hours of supervision
(60 minutes = 1 hour)
- 2500 hours of eating disorder-related work
- 2 years
(You can have more than 24 hours of supervision, more than 2500 practice hours, and take more than 2 years, but for simplicity’s sake, I’ll use the minimums moving forward.)
12 supervision hours MUST be solo or duo (you alone or you plus another supervisee).
The other 12 hours can be solo, duo, in a group of any size, or any combination of these.
(You are not required to have any group supervision if you don’t want to.)
18 supervision hours must be with a dietitian supervisor.
The other 6 hours can be with a dietitian or with a nurse, doctor or therapist supervisor.
(You can have as many supervisors as you want, as long as 18 or more hours are with dietitians. You are not required to have any supervision with a non-RD if you don’t want to.)
If your workplace provides you with professional supervision:
If you participate in supervision at work with a CEDRD-S or a one-time supervising dietitian*, they can certify all 24 of your required supervision hours – 12 of which can be in any size group and 12 of which must be solo or duo.
If you participate in supervision at work with a non-RD who is a certified supervisor in another discipline or a one-time supervisor* in another discipline, they can certify up to 6 of your supervision hours – whether solo, duo or group – and you will need to get 18 more hours with a dietitian supervisor. When you total all of your supervision hours up, regardless of who was your supervisor, 12 or more must be solo or duo, and the rest can be group.
*The person who provides professional supervision at your workplace can document CEDRD-eligible supervision hours if they complete a one-time supervisor application for a $75 fee and fill out the supervision documentation forms.
If your workplace does not provide professional supervision, they may pay for your outside supervision because:
- It benefits them and their clientele.
- It will be prestigious for them when you obtain the CEDRD credential.
- They want to keep you happy.
- You can receive Continuing Education credit for supervision hours.
If you’re in private practice or employed and paying for your own supervision:
The most cost-effective combination will be 12 group sessions and 12 duo sessions.
Below are the CEDRD supervision packages offered by Jessica Setnick:
Year 1: once-a-month hour-long duo supervision sessions (bring your own colleague or I’ll match you with another supervisee) by phone or video
Year 2: once-a-month hour-long group supervision sessions
Your cost: $125 per month
I will also help you with your application and staying on top of all the updates and details.
If you prefer solo for the first year, then group, choose:
If you’re excited about duo supervision but not really interested in groups, choose:
And if you simply prefer to fly solo, choose:
Frequently Asked Questions
So what’s supervision anyway?
Supervision is an opportunity to confidentially discuss the challenging professional situations you face. In the context of the CEDRD, these challenges may be related to the nutritional care of individuals with eating disorders, interpersonal dynamics, scope of practice, interprofessional communication, different treatment modalities, setting expectations and holding boundaries, and many other topics.
Why haven’t I heard of it before?
Professional supervision is usually required for licensure in a mental health discipline, but it isn’t often discussed in dietitian education. In the 1980’s and ‘90’s when very few dietitians specialized in eating disorder care, they were often invited to attend a therapist colleague’s supervision group. As the number of eating disorder dietitians grew, they formed their own supervision groups – some peer-supervised, others led by a more experienced dietitian or a member of another discipline who could provide a different perspective.
If it’s not required, what’s the point of supervision?
In the past decade or so, supervision has become more appreciated by eating disorder dietitians as an important feature of working in this field. It contributes to healthy boundaries, appropriate self-care, and an opportunity to learn from someone who’s been there – even when you work for yourself.
What exactly do you do?
Exactly what you do with your supervision time is up to you and your supervisor. I suggest starting off with the situation causing you the most stress. When sessions start with a particularly thorny issue related to one client or situation, the conversation often expands to other situations and clients that may not have seemed related. Sometimes we set a topic in advance – imposter syndrome and holding boundaries are two common examples – and plan to discuss that topic in depth during a session.
For me, ideal supervision includes a snippet or more about countertransference – the feelings you have about a client or your work. In other words, not just the nuts and bolts of being a dietitian – although we certainly cover all of that – but also why is this particular client or specific situation something that you brought to supervision? (Especially if you kind of didn’t want to talk about it!) Why did this one make you want to quit your job in a huff or burst into rage, as opposed to the run-of-the-mill situations that you handle all the time? Is there something about this one that is really hitting home? I often find that when we can uncover the nugget of a feeling inside the challenge of the work, they’re both easier to handle competently and well.
How do I choose the best supervisor?
Only you can decide who’s the best fit for you. Some criteria to consider are schedule, area of expertise (within eating disorders), geographic location, and personality fit. You can ask to “test drive” a couple of supervisors and see who you mesh with the best.
There’s A LOT of misinformation in the grapevine about the CEDRD (Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian) certification process and several potential areas for confusion. So let me straighten out some of the common misconceptions I tend to hear:
Myth 1: The last thing you do is take the exam.
Correction: All of the CEDRD requirements INCLUDING a passing score on the certification exam must be completed PRIOR to submitting the application. This is different from other certifications where taking the exam is the final step. For CEDRD certification, submitting the application is the final step, and you must have all documentation ready to submit at that time.
Myth 2: You have to have the same supervisor for two years.
Correction: You may have multiple supervisors – this is completely your choice. The CEDRD application includes a place to list the number of supervisors you had, and each supervisor completes a separate form documenting your work with them. If you tend to like buffets, or simply want to hear a variety of points of view, shop around to your heart’s content. (Full disclosure: this will make your paperwork a bit more confusing, but it can be done.)
Myth 3: You have to complete everything within two years.
Correction: Two years is a minimum – i.e. regardless of how long you’ve been a dietitian, and regardless of how quickly you accrue 2500 hours of supervised practice, you MAY NOT submit your CEDRD application until two years from the date you began supervision with a certified supervisor. You MAY take longer than two years, and there is no upper limit.
Myth 4: The required core courses expire two years after you take them.
Correction: This is no longer true. Now the core courses do not expire. However passing the certification exam DOES expire two years after you take it.
Myth 5: You have to submit an application to iaedp to “declare” that you’ve started your CEDRD process.
Correction: The CEDRD clock starts the day you have your first supervision call with an iaedp-certified supervisor. You don’t have to pay anything to iaedp to start the process, and you’re not obligated to complete it once you’ve started. In other words, there’s no downside to scheduling your first meeting with a supervisor as soon as you think you might be interested.
More questions? Send me some possible times you’re available and we’ll set up a time to talk
*Please note that Jessica Setnick’s CEDRD Supervision Packages are not affiliated with iaedp beyond the fact that Jessica is an iaedp-approved Supervisor, and supervision with Jessica Setnick does not guarantee acceptance of your CEDRD application.