Be Body Positive Facilitator Training
for Educators and Student Leaders
Be Body Positive Model through in-person or virtual groups.
Give students in middle school, high school, and college the lifelong gifts of self-compassion and a trusting relationship with their bodies.
GET TRAINED TO CREATE BE BODY POSITIVE GROUPS AT YOUR SCHOOL OR YOUTH PROGRAM
We offer experiential, online training for initiating powerful Be Body Positive programs in middle schools, high schools, colleges, and youth programs. Our compelling training and research-supported curricula will prepare you to establish an environment (whether in person or virtual) for students to bravely explore their beauty, health, and identity, and the societal conditions that can lead to disruptions in embodiment.
Our training will license you to teach The 5 Competencies of the Be Body Positive Model to address the self-destructive, isolating struggles many students experience with their body image, eating, and exercise. We will support you in creating a Be Body Positive program that is tailored to meet the specific needs of the population you serve.
OUR ONLINE BE BODY POSITIVE FACILITATOR TRAINING OFFERS:
- A lifetime license to use our comprehensive Facilitator Manual and Group Curriculum with step-by-step instructions for teaching our powerful Competencies.
(Download a sample of the curriculum.)
- Newfound confidence and invaluable skills to work with young people who struggle with eating and body image problems.
- Education about the impact of intersecting identities on body image and self-care.
- A personally transformative experience for facilitators as they enhance their relationships with their own bodies and self-care.
- Access to our private Facilitator Facebook group, monthly cohort calls, and a Resource Bank offering relevant and inspiring content.
Middle School Program
Our middle school group curriculum contains 15 half-hour lessons that you can use and adapt as desired to best meet the needs of your community. Lessons can be conducted in a club format, as a unit in health class, or as advisory activities, to name a few options. If you want lessons for the classroom, check out our new Be Body Positive Classroom Curriculum for middle school educators.
High School Program
The Be Body Positive Facilitator Training and Curriculum is available to both high school staff and students who are passionate about social justice and promoting body positivity in their school community. We have found that including students in leadership roles on a Body Positive team that also includes strong adult support makes a tremendous difference in the lives of high school students. Having peers to look up to who role model vulnerability and body positivity is life changing.
Our high school curriculum includes 15 half-hour sessions that can be implemented in a student club or small support group setting, incorporated into an already existing curriculum, or used for a leadership or empowerment program. The choice is yours!
The possibilities for Body Positive programming on a college campus are many. We have seen the curriculum implemented in student clubs, sports departments, health centers, residential settings, affinity groups, and more. The program can be led by just staff or students, but we have found that a team of staff and students working together is the most powerful way to create positive change for the students on your campus.
The college curriculum consists of eight 75-minute lessons. These lessons can be shortened to one-hour sessions or combined to create longer workshops. We are happy to support you in creating a program that is the best fit for the unique needs of your students.
A Stanford University pilot study showed that The 5 Competencies of our Model had a positive effect on participants’ self-reported guilt, belief in the thin ideal, body satisfaction, and social determinants of body image. Further improvements on all measures were shown eight months after group participation. Research continues at the university level, with studies being conducted at Cornell University and California State University, Long Beach.
About the Training
The Be Body Positive Facilitator Training was designed with both student leaders and educators in mind. The training is for high school and college students, and staff who work at middle schools, high schools, colleges, and community organizations. You will have access to the training content for four months from the date of registration. If you are a professional in another capacity, you can still take the training to become licensed to use our curriculum. Learn more on the Be Body Positive Fundamentals Home Study Course page. Please contact us at [email protected] if you have questions.
Read below for information about training options for teams and individuals.
Trained facilitators are licensed to teach our Be Body Positive curriculum to address the self-destructive, isolating struggles many students experience with their body image, eating, and exercise. We will support you in creating a Body Positive program that is tailored to meet the specific needs of your community.
Contact us at [email protected] for information about discounted rates if you are a member of a community-based nonprofit
Videos: The 26 videos in the training feature The Body Positive staff as well as twenty licensed Be Body Positive Facilitators who are running successful programs in their communities. You will hear from middle school, high school, and college students, and professionals who work with all of those age groups. You’ll see the Be Body Positive Curriculum in action, being taught by high school students and adults alike, for groups of six to eight student participants. All videos have closed captions.
Handouts: Some information is best accessed in written form. Our seventeen handouts are downloadable PDFs and yours to keep forever. The more substantial ones also have an audio recording to go with them for those who learn better by listening.
Webinars: Our six webinars feature lots of practical tips for running a program, and important logistical information you’ll need to know.
Worksheets and Assignments: This is where you get the chance to apply what you’re learning. With these assignments, you’ll get a chance to dive into the curriculum and get firsthand experience facilitating the material.
Meet Your Instructors
Connie Sobczak, Founder, Executive Director, The Body Positive
Connie’s experience with an eating disorder in her teen years and the death of her sister Stephanie inspired her life’s work to help people live with more appreciation and love for their precious bodies. She founded The Body Positive in honor of Stephanie, and to ensure that her daughter Carmen and other children would grow up in a new world—one where people are free to focus on the things in life that really matter. Connie is the author of Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!), her book in which she reconnects readers to their essence, authentic beauty, and life force. She uses her creative skills to produce The Body Positive’s curricula, videos, digital courses, and facilitator trainings. Connie’s passion is watching the light that emerges when people recognize and embrace their magnificent, authentic selves.
Elizabeth Scott, LSCW, CEDS-S, Founder, Director of Training, The Body Positive
Elizabeth is an educator and psychotherapist whose work focuses on the intersection of embodiment, social justice and mindfulness. As Co-Founder and Director of Training for The Body Positive, Elizabeth has taught treatment professionals, educators and students to use the Be Body Positive prevention model to promote joyful embodiment and excellent self-care since 1997. She studies Insight Meditation and has a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.
With a background in theater and education, Naomi Finkelstein has brought her skills as an educator, performer, writer, and artist to her work at The Body Positive since 2014. She’s a yoga instructor and a weight-inclusive wellness coach with a passion for helping people of all sizes, but especially those in large bodies, to pursue wellness outside of the diet and weight loss paradigm. You can learn more about her at www.naomifinkelstein.com.
Cristal is a voice for her community and an advocate for all human beings. In her current role at Girls Inc., she wears many hats but enjoys the role of teaching everyone in her organization to always love and advocate for themselves and others the most. She is passionate about advocating for the rights of women and girls, while also advocating for more male allies through the awesome power of education. Cristal has a BA in Education with a Social Science Concentration, and affectionately calls herself, “the child’s advocate”. She is now and always will be proudest of being a mother and caregiver to those who know her as such.
Athena is a rising freshman at Tufts who spent her last seven years at Castilleja School. She has been involved with The Body Positive since September 2018, and has been educating herself on body positivity, fatphobia, and radical self-love. She is passionate about bettering the world through her activism, music, dance, and theatre. Find her @_colourful_beauty
Bella is a rising senior at Castilleja. She became involved with The Body Positive in order to learn how to appreciate our own beauty and be a safe ally for the people around her. In her free time, she enjoys singing, playing volleyball, and listening to live music. Feel free to reach out @bellamvan.
I'm Michal, and one of the activities I do at my school is peer counseling. Initially, I attended the Be Body Positive training because I wanted to get better at counseling, but it ended up being so much more than that. The training changed my life and has given me the confidence to start working on my relationship with my body and with food. I am forever grateful for the amazing Body Positive community, and I want to offer myself as a resource for any trainees—you can reach out to me at [email protected]!
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