Why NOT Weight?: Psychologists’ Role in Addressing Client’s Weight, Body Image, & Eating Issues – 6-CE Credits
Current efforts to help clients with weight-related issues focus on nutrition and physical activity with the measure of success being decreased weight/BMI. The oppression of weight bias and stigma underlie many client issues with body image, eating, and self-esteem. Our role as psychologists is unique: if someone attends counselling for weight-related issues, our role is not to change their weight. Rather, our role is to help them develop a healthier relationship with their body (Piran, 2002), regardless of weight.
Registered Psychologists, Provisional Registered Psychologists, Psychology students and associates
- Examine how weight stigma, body image, and eating issues impact clients of all ages
- Examine how a psychologist’s own perspective of weight, body image, and eating issues impact clients
- Identify age, gender, and socio-cultural factors that impact client’s weight, body image, and eating issues
- Examine the perceived obesity epidemic and its’ impact on therapist and client perceptions of weight and body image
- Examine issues arising from weight bias and stigma for different populations
- Identify how weight-related issues are a social justice issue that requires advocacy
- Examine psychologists’ role in identifying, preventing, and treating body image, weight, and eating issues in clients.
- Practice evidence-based approaches for weight, body image, and eating issues.
Dr. Angela Grace
Dr. Angela Grace, R. Psych., has specialized in body image, weight-related issues, and eating disorders for nearly 20 years. She recently spoke in the Enlightening Speakers series at the joint CAP/PAA Conference in September, 2019, and was named a Distinguished Alumni at the University of Lethbridge in 2020. She has a private counselling practice in Calgary, focused on girls and women. She facilitates eating disorder recovery groups and women’s embodiment groups, as well as has coordinated provincial events for Eating Disorders Awareness Week. She instructs pre-service teachers on Comprehensive School Health at the University of Calgary, was a community advisor for the 2018 Alberta Education Wellness Curriculum, and is a provincial advocate for wellness education in schools. Along with being a psychologist, she is an international certified Iyengar Yoga instructor and Autoimmune Paleo Coach.
Format and Schedule
The format for the presentation will largely be lecture. Topics for the program will include:
- Welcome & Foundations of Weight-related and Body Image issues in clients
- Refreshment break
- Foundations of weight bias & socio-cultural issues impacting weight, body image, & eating issues in clients
- Lunch break (or can be shorter if participants wish)
- Psychologists’ role in identifying, assessing, preventing, and treating weight & body image issues in clients utilizing best practices
- Refreshment break
- Weight-related issues as a social justice issue requiring advocacy
- Summary and wrap-up
Cancellation and Refunds
Cancellation and refunds may be applied for by email or phone call to the PAA Membership Officer. Cancellations received fourteen (14) days prior to the Continuing Professional Development activity will receive a full refund of the registration fee, less a $35.00 + GST processing fee. PAA reserves the right to cancel any activity, in which case a full refund of the registration fee will be provided.
Continuing Education Credits
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 six (6.0) 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.