Fundamentals for Treatment Providers

Imagine what your clinical work would look like if you had the exact tools needed to not only help your clients heal, but to also enhance your own self-care and wellbeing.

The Be Body Positive Fundamentals course can help you get there.

Access for four months

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You get home at the end of a long day and collapse on the couch. "I went to school for this!" you say to yourself. "I have experience. Why can't I help my clients have more self-compassion? They are so devastatingly hard on themselves..."

We’ve met countless treatment providers who work with people that suffer from eating and/or body image problems, who work long hours and rack their brains trying to figure out how to help their clients heal from their debilitating issues. Can you relate? Maybe you dream of finding an approach that truly works. Maybe you wonder if you struggle with these issues too much yourself to really be able to help them.

We are here to tell you that working towards a positive relationship with one's body is a lifelong process, and that you are not expected to be perfect in order to help your clients. We believe that the best way for you to open the door to freedom for the individuals you serve is by honoring your own healing first...and you don’t need to do it alone.

With the Be Body Positive Fundamentals, you will build your vocabulary and adopt a philosophy that you will be able to share with your clients, helping them learn to love their beautifully imperfect human selves. You will also gain tools that are likely to shift the way you inhabit and treat your own body and self. You will have access to the training contents for four months from the date of registration. CE units are available for Master’s level therapists.

Course Features

  • With the videos in these courses, Connie and Elizabeth bring their warmth, humor, experience, and wisdom right into your living room. Hear their personal stories, meditate with them, and let them guide you through the practices they have been using to help people heal from negative body image for decades.

  • Digest the content with thought-provoking worksheets, which you can print and write on by hand, or type on directly and save onto your computer.

  • Close your eyes and get in touch with your past, present, and future selves, connect with the earth, and uncover the roots of your struggles with your body image with our soothing audio meditations.

  • Join people from all over the world in our private Be Body Positive Fundamentals Facebook group. Connect with a support system and share your experience and reflections as you move through the courses.

“I really appreciate this course. I've been struggling to find clinical trainings for working with people who struggle with disordered eating and had become disheartened by the offerings. I'm so happy I found The Body Positive! I feel so aligned with The 5 Competencies!”
— Be Body Positive Fundamentals Course Participant

Will I be a Licensed Be Body Positive Facilitator after taking the Be Body Positive Fundamentals course?

No. The Fundamentals offer a deep dive into The 5 Competencies of the Be Body Positive Model. It’s not a training that will lead to a license. However, should you decide to do the Facilitator Training, taking the Fundamentals is the first step, so you will be well on your way. See below for more information.

Can I become a Licensed Be Body Positive Facilitator?

If you are interested in accessing our comprehensive group curriculum, you can take the Be Body Positive Facilitator Training. Please keep in mind, however, that this training is designed for student leaders and educators. In order to get the curriculum, you must go through all of the content and pass the final evaluation.

Meet Your Instructors

Connie Sobczak & Elizabeth Scott

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.

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