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The Weight of the World: Psychologist’s Role in Addressing Client’s Weight-related issues 20210226

Date 2021-02-26
Time 11:00 - 14:00
Location Zoom
Audience Public
Non-member Cost $150.00 CAD
Member Cost See your Price
Learning Objectives
  • Identify their role in addressing and treating client’s weight-related issues
  • Understand the continuum of weight-related issues ranging from eating disorders to obesity
  • Understand how weight stigma, weight bias, cultural perspectives, and societal ideals around body size impact client body image and weight-related issues
  • Examine how their own personal weight bias may impact their work with clients
  • Examine best practices in addressing weight-related issues (i.e., weight science, Health at Every Size, social justice approach; resources)

It is important for psychologists to understand their role in addressing client’s weight-related issues.  Unfortunately, generic suggestions for addressing client concerns by suggesting they “go on a diet”, “exercise more”, or “do intermittent fasting” may unintentionally cause harm.  Misidentifying social justice issues that may be contributing to client’s distress is also problematic.  This interactive workshop will focus on best practices in addressing client’s weight-related issues.  We will first examine our own biases in regards to weight and bodies.  A continuum of weight-related issues and how they develop across the life span will be explored, along with issues of weight bias, weight stigma, and cultural perspectives.  We will examine best practices in addressing weight-related issues through case examples and evidence-based resources (i.e., weight science, Health at Every Size, The Body Project, and social justice approaches).

Format and Schedule

3-hour workshop by Zoom


Dr. Angela Grace

Dr. Angela Grace is a Ph.D. Registered Psychologist in private practice in Calgary, AB.  She is passionate about eating disorder prevention and treatment and completed her Ph.D. research in feminist and social justice approaches to eating disorder and obesity prevention.  A Health at Every Size advocate, she engages in advocacy work to reduce weight bias and stigma in education and health care settings.  Her primary focus is holistic approaches to women’s health and well-being along with treating trauma and burnout.  Angela also teaches Iyengar yoga, is an avid potter, and loves being in nature with her family and rescue pitbull.

Continuing Education

The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) to offer Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists. This workshop is offered for three (3.0) hours of CE Credit. Full attendance at the workshop is required to receive Continuing Education Credits. Partial credit will not be awarded, and late arrivals or early departure will preclude awarding of Continuing Education Credits. PAA maintains responsibility for the program.

Credits: 3.0

Cancellation and Refunds

Cancellation and refunds may be applied for by writing to the PAA office. Cancellations received fourteen (14) days prior to the Continuing Education activity will receive a full refund of the registration fee, less a $25.00 + gst processing fee. PAA reserves the right to cancel any activity, in which case a full refund of the registration fee will be provided.