The Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) Eating Concerns Team consists of clinicians from the Student Health Service (SHS) and Student Counseling Service (SCS), and the UChicago Medicine Department of Psychiatry. This team takes a multidisciplinary approach to supporting students in addressing eating concerns.
At SCS, we recognize that issues related to disordered eating, body image, exercise, and food preoccupation can negatively impact a student’s quality of life. It is imperative for our students to have the necessary consultation and/or assessment when these issues are present in order to obtain the appropriate support and treatment. We believe that eating disorders and related concerns are best addressed within a multidisciplinary approach, which is why the SHCS Eating Concerns Team consists of clinicians from SHS, SCS, and the UChicago Medicine Department of Psychiatry.
The main role of this team is to provide consultation, assessment, and treatment recommendations to students who are struggling with eating concerns. Our team meets twice per month to discuss clinical cases and make treatment recommendations based on the student’s individualized needs. Depending on the level of concern for the student, the SHCS Eating Concerns Team will provide recommendations for different levels of care and medical support.
Eating Concerns Assessment
As a student, you may request an Eating Concerns Assessment at SCS by calling 773.702.9800 or by discussing it with your individual therapist if you are already being seen at SCS. You may also receive a recommendation to obtain an Eating Concerns Assessment from any clinician at SHS or SCS if they believe you might benefit from this additional assessment.
The Eating Concerns Assessment is a 45-minute clinical meeting with a member of the SHCS Eating Concerns Team. During this meeting you will be asked a series of questions regarding personal history of any disordered eating or eating concerns, current information about nutrition and overall health, preoccupations with body image, relationship with exercise and diet, and any other related issues that may be interfering with your overall functioning. Depending on the level of concern, you may be referred to SHS to obtain a medical evaluation to assess the need for additional medical support. Based on these results, the SHCS Team will provide appropriate treatment recommendations and support.