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Tools for a Healthy Body Image: How to Address Food and Weight Preoccupation in Children and Youth

York Region, Ontario
February 23, 2018

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. 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. 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.

Participants will be able to:

  • 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

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Registration Info

  • Group Discount: 20% off groups of 4 or more from one agency.

Visit the event page on SafeGuards website for more info.