Be Body Positive Facilitator Training for Treatment Providers
Give your clients the lifelong gifts of self-compassion and a trusting relationship with their bodies. Get trained to teach the 5 competencies of the Be Body Positive Model through in person or virtual groups.
21.5 continuing education hours are available for master's-level therapists and registered dietitians.
Access for four months
BECOME A LICENSED BE BODY POSITIVE FACILITATOR
Help your clients heal from eating and body image challenges by teaching The 5 Competencies of the Be Body Positive Model in an in-person or virtual clinical setting. These proven tools improve disrupted relationships to the body and foster sustainable, positive self-care behaviors in both youth and adults.
Our Be Body Positive Facilitator Curriculum will provide you with an abundance of activities to use during your sessions that will help you feel confident and prepared. You’ll receive videos, meditations, and handouts that will help you support your clients to find stability during these times of exacerbated eating and body image issues due to the pandemic.
We have created a high quality, cost-effective pathway that offers clinicians (such as therapists, social workers, psychologists, dietitians, yoga instructors, etc.) support for both the clinical and marketing aspects of your Be Body Positive work.
21.5 Continuing Education Hours are available for Master’s-level therapists and registered dietitians.
The curriculum and training were originally developed for school settings. Since 2015, we have been successfully training treatment providers worldwide to teach their clients our five developmental Competencies that promote resilience and recovery.
We’ve been conducting live, in-person, group trainings for a long time. A few years ago, we decided to cherry pick the best of everything we’ve developed over the last two decades and create a more accessible, easy, online home study course so we could support more of you who are helping your clients heal from eating and body image problems.
With our Be Body Positive Facilitator Training, you will become licensed to offer robust, clinical support (both in-person and virtual) that will strengthen your connection with your clients. This is a training opportunity in the confidential privacy of your own home to learn new skills to not only help your clients who are struggling, but to also support your physical and emotional self-care. We are better equipped to help others when we have the tools to take care of ourselves!
Why The Body Positive?
We have refined our Be Body Positive Model for both the prevention and treatment of eating and body image problems. Research shows that our Competencies offer people the tools they need to sustainably improve their physical and emotional wellbeing.
Stanford, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania have all completed studies that prove that participants introduced to our Be Body Positive Model experience a lasting, positive relationship with their body image, food, and exercise, as well as increased self-compassion and reduced anxiety and depression. Learn more about research conducted on the Be Body Positive Model.
By taking this training, you will have access to our research-based Be Body Positive Group Curriculum for three different age groups (middle school, high school, adults) that offers sessions to teach The 5 Competencies to your clients. You’ll also have access to monthly coaching calls, our Facilitator Resource Bank, and to our online community of Be Body Positive Facilitators who are sharing our work worldwide.
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.
About the training
Our comprehensive training prepares you to use our research-based curriculum with individuals and in groups. We’ve designed the training so that in a week’s time you can begin to use what you learn with your clients.
- The 5 Competencies provide a launching point for body-image exploration at every level of care.
- Sessions include material for psychoeducation and clinical inquiry.
- The 5 Competencies can be used to establish treatment planning/measurable goals that address body image disturbances and maladaptive self-care behaviors.
- The opportunity to network with other Be Body Positive trained providers in different geographic areas to develop trust for making referrals and share community with your peers.
- Join monthly coaching calls with Elizabeth Scott, LCSW, CEDS-S, The Body Positive’s Co-Founder and Director of Training, to tailor the curriculum to your clinical work.
- Access to the Facilitator Resource Bank where we will add regular content to enhance your Be Body Positive work.
- Receive a lifetime license to use our comprehensive curricula for both youth and adults. Download a sample of the curriculum
- You will also learn some useful tools for your own self-care practice!
FOR TREATMENT PROVIDERS
If you are not ready to take the Be Body Positive Facilitator Training, you may still learn The 5 Competencies of the our Model by registering for the Be Body Positive Fundamentals course ($149.00; 11.5 Continuing Education Hours for Master's-level therapists and registered dietitians provided by NBCC and CDR). You will have the opportunity to apply the $149.00 registration fee towards the cost of the Be Body Positive Facilitator Training within two months of completion should you decide to take this training in the future.
Advanced Clinical Training: Build upon your Be Body Positive foundation through in depth clinical training with The Body Positive co-founder, Elizabeth Scott, LCSW, CEDS-S via her Big-Hearted Embodiment initiative. Once you have completed the Be Body Positive Fundamentals you are eligible to participate in specialized clinical trainings she offers. (Please note that while the coaching call with Elizabeth referenced above is included with your course registration, additional registration fees will apply to future Big-Hearted Embodiment workshops.)
FOR YOUR CLIENTS
We encourage you to recommend the Be Body Positive Fundamentals course to your clients as support for their recovery. Both you and your clients can take this lively, experiential course that offers abundant resources and builds momentum towards their treatment goals. In addition, it will give you and your clients a shared positive language about their lived experience. Many of the therapists we work with have found it incredibly helpful for their clients to take the Fundamentals course.
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.
Naomi Finkelstein is the Director of Programs and Communications at The Body Positive and has been involved with the organization since 2014. With a background in theater and education, Naomi has been honored to bring her skills as an educator, actress, writer, and artist to her work at The Body Positive. She’s also 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]!