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But What If I Am fat? The Adaption of Body-Image Manuals in the Treatment of Eating Disorders in Bigger Bodies

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About the Course:

Eating disorders have risen rapidly in recent years, most notably among individuals in bigger bodies. The increasing number of individuals in this population presenting for eating disorder treatment indicates a critical time to review the effectiveness of traditional therapies. The treatment of body image concerns is an area of particular interest for consideration in working with individuals in bigger bodies, because of the assumptions embedded in common approaches to treatment about the body size of those seeking treatment. For example, the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Enhanced (CBT-E) tasks aimed at challenging cognitive distortions and body dysmorphia were developed with “low weight” to “normal weight” patients in mind, and do not support individuals in navigating the current fatphobic society. These same components of therapy become unhelpful at best and harmful at worst when introduced to individuals in bodies that are objectively regarded to be “fat”. In this workshop, we will review the appropriateness of current methods for addressing body-image concerns amongst clients in bigger bodies and propose adaptations to current approaches that have been informed by lived experience and clinical practice experience. Finally, participants will be provided with a decision-making matrix to help inform future clinical decisions regarding the inclusion of particular therapeutic tasks in treatment.

This course is based on the book, But What If I Am fat? The Adaption of Body-Image Manuals in the Treatment of Eating Disorders in Bigger Bodies created by Kate Gough in 2020.

Publication Date:

Jun 2020

Course Material Author

Kate Gough

Course Creator

Sandi Cardaman

Sandi Cardaman has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for more than 15 years. She has worked with eating disorders, domestic violence and clients who are working with the dependency system.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge

Course Objectives:

  1. Develop a greater understanding of the role of clinician bias in delivering body image modules

  2. Improve confidence and perceived competence in delivering body image interventions to bodies of all sizes

  3. Learn a repertoire of therapy tasks that can be implemented with patients in bigger bodies presenting with eating or weight concerns.

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Course Number 102884
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