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The International School for Food Addiction Counseling and Treatment (The INFACT School) is the world’s first and only Food Addiction counseling training that awards professional certification from an accredited certification body.

Graduates qualify for a Certified Food Addiction Professional (CFAP) certificate from the European Certification Board and a CFAP from the Addiction Professionals Certification Board.


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  1. INFACT Certified Food Addiction Professional™ (CFAP) is the World’s First and Only Food Addiction Professional Credential awarded by 2 Certification bodies in Europe and the USA.
  2. Founder of the Food Addiction Treatment and Training (FATT) quality standards and distinctions.
  3. Pioneer in clinical training for food addiction treatment as a substance use disorder
  4. Implementing evidence-based food addiction treatment for adequate recovery and maintenance

“No other Food Addiction Treatment Training and program offers anything comparable,”

Explains INFACT’s Director, Esther H. Gudmundsdottir, MSc.

Welcome to INFACT, The International School for Food Addiction Counseling and Treatment

  1. World’s FIRST and ONLY Food Addiction Professional credential awarded by 2 Certification Bodies: International & USA
  2. Founder of the Food Addiction Treatment and Training (FATT) quality standards and distinctions.
  3. Pioneer in clinical training for food addiction treatment, assessment, stage of progression, level of severity, and continuum of care.
  4. Incorporating the European Certification Board of Prevention & Addictions Counselling (ECB) Ethical Standards for Food Addiction Professionals, The Association for Addiction Professionals/The National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC/ NCC AP) Code of Ethics, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM Criteria®) Six Dimensions for addiction treatment in clinical practice.
  5. Expert Faculty with 40 years of experience in food addiction clinical treatment and cross-domain knowledge in neuroscience, neurobiology, psychology, trauma, medical, bodily, nutritional, and spiritual food addiction treatment approaches.
    Graduate-level curriculum and career development with evidence-based, clinical expertise and professional supervision.
  6. Network of Certified Food Addiction Professionals (CFAP), ongoing professional development, continuing education, and experiential treatment opportunities for food addicts seeking recovery.
  7. Adherence to DSM-5-TR criteria for food addiction as a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) by implementing the Yale Scale 2.0 and the INFACT Screening Tool.
  8. Incorporating the most recent research-based methods based on the science of addiction and the treatment of food as a substance use disorder to provide treatment for food addiction recovery.
  9. Food Addiction Treatment Training (FATT) curriculum includes the development of customized food plans, detecting individually identified trigger foods, creating extraordinary support systems throughout stages of recovery and maintenance to counteract food addiction’s disruptive effects on the brain and behavior, and establishing daily practice designed to prevent relapse.

Meet Esther Helga

Esther Helga Gudmundsdottir is a pioneer in the field of food addiction treatment. Once an opera singer and opera teacher, Esther was battling food addiction for most of her adult life until she discovered a twelve-step program that changed her life.

Once in recovery, she educated herself on addiction treatment, specializing in food as a substance use disorder, and opened one of the first food addiction treatment programs in the world. The MFM Program in Iceland has treated many people, some of them had tried multiple diets and even surgery in an attempt to live a healthier life.

After establishing the treatment center, Esther realized that not only patients but also professionals needed help with food addiction. She then founded the International School For Food Addiction Counseling And Treatment (INFACT), an international treatment training program for any professional willing to learn about food addiction and how to help those suffering from it.


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