ryoko-500x660“Center for Discovery had the opportunity to bring our program directors and clinicians together to participate in The Body Positive workshop with Elizabeth and Connie. In my more than twenty years of experience working with eating disorders in residential settings, I can honestly say that I have never been a part of something so transformational.

Body image has historically been a place where even experienced clinicians get “stuck” with clients and feel a sense of hopelessness and helplessness. The concepts and tools taught in The Body Positive workshop gave our group instant access to powerful interventions that they immediately began using with clients. Additionally, our clinicians felt personally energized and nurtured by the experience. Going through the exercises together resulted in increased trust and closeness within our team. Months later, we continue to use and benefit from the concepts and spirit of the day we spent with Connie and Elizabeth.

I highly recommend The Body Positive workshop for anyone who works with clients affected by eating disorders. You will experience powerful and life-changing concepts delivered with wisdom, humor, and compassion.”

—Jen Gorman, MC, Director of Operations, Center For Discovery

The Challenge

Combating body image and eating problems is strenuous, often frustrating work. Whatever your role is in helping people make peace with their bodies, you’re working hard to fight negative body image, which is linked to poor self-care and overall life quality, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, self-harming behaviors (e.g., cutting, suicide), substance abuse, weight cycling, and relationship violence.

Positive Resources for Professionals

Elizabeth Scott has spent 27 years helping people identify what they need to become free of conflicts with their bodies to lead happier, more productive lives. Elizabeth and The Body Positive’s Co-Founder, Connie Sobczak, created the Be Body Positive Model to provide a sustainable framework for living in one’s body that is free from double binds, judgment, and blame. Each component of this model is supported by substantial research validating its use in reversing eating and body image problems. Using our model, professionals can help people reclaim their health, beauty, and intuition, and the ancestors who are represented in their unique body. The Be Body Positive Model can be applied to clinical work, as well as used for conducting positive body image campaigns in schools and community-based settings.

Workshops Offered

Elizabeth offers workshops for treatment professionals, educators, and students teaching Body Positive’s research-based prevention model to promote a positive body image and excellent self-care. During her workshops participants are immersed in a process of self-exploration through creative activities that teach the five Competencies of the Be Body Positive Model. Participants examine societal and familial messages about health and weight; how to become the expert of their own bodies and improve physical health through intuitive eating and exercise; why cultivating compassion for oneself and others leads to improved self-care; the power of declaring authentic beauty; and the importance of developing a supportive Be Body Positive community. Elizabeth can discuss the application of this model both for treatment as well for use in prevention programs. Workshop lengths can vary from a few hours to a daylong, according to the needs of the organization.

Unconditional Love

Be Body Positive Facilitator Training for Professionals with The Body Positive:

Training for professionals wishing to teach the Body Positive Curriculum is available through the Body Positive’s Two Day Intensive. This is an in-depth training for mental health providers wishing to specialize in the Be Body Positive Model in their treatment of people with eating and body image problems. This training is appropriate for any member of a treatment team that works with individuals with eating disorders, including social workers, counselors, dietitians, nurses, psychiatrists, and psychologists.

Be Body Positive Facilitator Training for High School and college teams:

Training for students and staff wishing to bring The Body Positive model to their school is available through The Body Positive’s Two Day Intensive. This is an intensive three-day conference that trains school teams to implement prevention programs and teach The Be Body Positive curriculum. See the Body Positive website to learn more about this training.

Elizabeth’s Online Course for Professionals

Introduction Video

Body Positive Psychotherapy Online Course:

This course provides 10 CE hours to masters level therapists for reading The Body Positive’s book, Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!), and completing the online component that shares, through videos, writings, and case examples, information on applying the skills offered in Embody to eating disorders treatment. This online course offers an excellent introduction to Elizabeth’s clinical expertise.

Of 49 mental health providers who attended Elizabeth’s workshop for professionals hosted by the Tucson Arizona Chapter of  the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, 98% answered, yes! they would recommend this program to others. 

“I loved the workshop! The hospitality, the environment, the feeling of acceptance from everyone, not being scared of sharing my insecurities, the lessons we learned, the casual feeling, NO AWKWARDNESS, being able to be myself, and the interactive activities everyone participated in.”

All professional training has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6698. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Elizabeth Scott and The Body Positive are solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Continuing education hours are available for masters level counselors and registered dietitians through the NBCC and the Commission on Dietetic Registration.