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Tools for a Healthy Body Image: How to Address Food and Weight Preoccupation in Children and Youth
Topic/Sujet Treating Trauma Effects
Certificate/Certificat Yes
Level/Niveau Intermediate
Format In-Person
Session Winter
Course Dates/Dates du cours Click here/Cliquez ici


This interactive full day workshop will examine the relationships between food and weight preoccupation, culture and community and what practitioners and families need to know about assessing risk for eating and co-occurring disorders. It is estimated that 1 in 10 Canadian women will develop an eating disorder, and 1 in 4 adolescent girls will experiment with disordered eating behaviours. Poor body image and signs of disordered eating typically begin to emerge by ages 9-12. Men and boys are also at risk of developing an eating disorder, and LGBTQ people remain at higher risk for both eating and co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, trauma, or substance use.

Getting help can be complicated: ambivalence, lack of community resources, long waiting lists and tough exclusion criteria limit availability of treatment. Specialized treatment facilities may not be equipped to treat other issues accompanying an eating disorder. Community mental health providers play a critical role in supporting the convergent concerns so they need to understand how and why eating disorders interact with co-occurring mental health and substance use issues in order to support young people at risk.

Outcomes/Objectifs d'apprentissage

• Explain to families how and why disordered eating patterns may emerge in children and youth
• Describe eating disorder treatment methodologies to parents, caregivers and young people
• Apply eating disorder assessment and screening tools in community-based settings
• Adapt CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing and other treatment tools to treat young people struggling with food and weight preoccupation
• Embrace and embody a Health at Every Size® perspective

GROUP DISCOUNT: To register a group of 4 or more and receive a 20% discount off the individual fee, contact Angela, angela@safeguards-training.net or 905 889-5030, x121.


Non-member fee/Frais des non membres $209.05
Member fee/Frais des membres $141.25

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