The Body Positive Institute


After twenty years of helping people create joyful and peaceful relationships with their bodies and whole selves, we are delighted to share our life-changing resources with the world through this online platform.

The Body Positive is creating a world in which people value their unique identities and are liberated from self-hatred so they can optimize their energy and intellect to make positive changes in their own lives, communities, and beyond. Since 1996, The Body Positive has been reconnecting youth and adults to their innate body wisdom for more balanced, joyful self-care and a relationship with their whole selves that is guided by love, forgiveness, and humor.

The courses you’ll find within the walls of this Institute will allow you to embody the five Competencies of our Be Body Positive Model. Whether your goal is to deepen your relationship with your own body, help a loved one, or cultivate new skills in your professional practice, The Body Positive Institute is the place to be.


About the Courses

We offer two tracks in The Body Positive Institute.

General Track

This track is for people looking to improve their relationship with their own body, get more information about The Body Positive, or gain new knowledge to bring into schools and non-clinical professional settings. Our five-course Be Body Positive Fundamentals Series introduces you to the five core Competencies of our Be Body Positive Model.

Clinical Track

This track is for professionals looking to build their capacity to help clients overcome eating and body image problems. We offer Continuing Education Hours for Master’s-level therapists and registered dietitians. Our comprehensive Be Body Positive Professional Orientation includes 6 online courses: the Fundamentals Series and the Clinical Primer, which applies our core Competencies to clinical treatment settings. Bonus materials include a free copy of our book, Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!).

Meet Your Instructors

Connie Sobczak & Elizabeth Scott

Connie Sobczak and Elizabeth Scott, LCSW, founded The Body Positive because of their shared passion to create a lively, healing community that offers freedom from suffocating societal messages that keep people in a perpetual struggle with their bodies. In 2015, Connie and Elizabeth were chosen by La Repubblica, Italy’s leading newspaper, to be on their top 10 list of badass women for their role in founding The Body Positive movement.

Connie Sobczak is the author of Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!), her book in which she brings the Competencies of the Be Body Positive Model to life, skillfully and lovingly reconnecting readers to their bodies, life force, and beauty. Connie’s experience with an eating disorder in her teen years and the death of her sister Stephanie inspired her life’s work to create a world where all people are free to love their bodies. She has been featured in USA Today, Media Planet, Rebellious Magazine for Women, the Lady Brain Show, the San Francisco Bay Area’s local Fox news, and more. Connie’s passion is watching the light that emerges when people recognize and embrace their magnificent, authentic selves.

Elizabeth Scott has practiced psychotherapy in Marin County, California for twenty-seven years, specializing in eating disorders treatment. She refined the core Competencies of the Be Body Positive Model to be appropriate for the treatment, as well as the prevention, of eating problems. Elizabeth is passionate about her work because she believes that a healthy self-image is an essential aspect of a person’s development. She credits her mother Lynn, a feminist therapist, for communicating a positive message about women’s bodies that allowed her to grow up with an abundance of self-love. Elizabeth’s discovery of African dance as a teenager and her exploration of improvisational dance throughout her life sustain her great appreciation for her body and its capacity to express pleasure and vitality.

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