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Building Body Acceptance - Research Evidence and Strategies in Action

Format Workshop
Presenters Professor Susan Paxton, Sian McClean & Dr Beth Shelton
Description How can we build body acceptance and satisfaction? Body dissatisfaction causes distress and frequently plays a role in the development and maintenance of low self-esteem, depressive symptoms and eating disorders. Despite the recognition of the role of body dissatisfaction, training in body image therapy is infrequently available and therapists often believe they lack skills and strategies to successfully treat body image concerns. This workshop will address the need for body image treatment strategies, using a combined informational/experiential approach to help participants explore different cognitive behavioural treatment options. Initially, risk and maintaining factors for body dissatisfaction will be described as these provide foci for intervention. In addition, the evidence for body image programs for different age groups will be reviewed (e.g., McLean et al., 2012; Paxton et al., 2007). Next, different cognitive behavioural therapy intervention techniques will be described and participants will have the opportunity to develop skills to implement a number of these strategies. These will include behavioural experiments to challenge body comparison, changing fat talk, cognitive dissonance approaches for internalisation of appearance ideals, exposure techniques for avoidance, response prevention for checking, mindfulness for "feeling fat", movement and dance to enhance positive body experiences and building self-care behaviours. Participants will be provided with relevant resources and program
About the presenter(s) Professor Susan Paxton
Susan is Professor in the School of Psychological Science at La Trobe University, Melbourne. She has a longstanding clinical and research interest in body image and eating disorders. She has a particular interest in identification of risk factors for body dissatisfaction and disordered eating and the development and evaluation of school-based and community prevention, early interventions and treatments in this area.

Sian McClean is a research co-ordinator and Phd Candidate working with Susan Paxton at La Trobe University. Sian has run several body image groups for both adolescents and older women. Sian has also published many articles on her research into the body image field.

Dr. Beth Shelton. Beth works as a psychologist, consultant and educator in the areas of eating disorders and body image. Beth is senior clinician at the Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders and at the Southern Health Eating Disorder program. Beth is interested in the role of movement and body experience in interventions for disordered eating and body dissatisfaction.
CPD Hours
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4 hours
[APS College CPD. CHP] [CPD Codes glossary]
Location VIC Metro, Australia
Venue Treacy Centre
126 The Avenue, Parkville VIC 3052

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 17 Nov 2012
Time 1pm to 5pm
Cost PEWBIG members $150; PEWBIG student members $100; Non PEWBIG APS member $178.50; Non PEWBIG APS student member $ 114; Non PEWBIG non APS members $207; Non PEWBIG non APS members- student $128.50
Organiser IG - Psychology of Eating, Weight and Body Image (VIC)
Contact Name Natasha Hepworth
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