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Becoming a More Inclusive Practitioner: Challenging Implicit Bias and Cultural Norms in Fat Phobia, Dieting and Eating Disorders

Date: 9:00am - 4:00pm PDT May 30 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

In the United States, over 30 million people from intersecting identities suffer from an eating disorder, with one person dying as a direct result of them every 62 minutes. In even greater numbers are those that feel discomfort, shame or hate toward their bodies.

Implicit bias, unchallenged cultural norms, and misconceptions perpetuate the many issues our society faces with diets, eating disorders, disordered eating, and body shaming. 

What are the best known environmental factor contributing to the development of these disorders? The sociocultural drive for thinness; the conscious and subconscious perpetuation of an oppressive culture toward others based on body shape, size and relationship with food.

Equating one’s appearance with worth and value⁠—coupled with the diet/fitness industries ever evolving portrayal of “health”⁠—can result in shame-based norms and ideals that prove to be harmful both physically and psychologically. This can include turning to dieting, isolation, and other extreme means to address one’s perceived “deficiencies”.

This full-day workshop for practitioners will define these cultural issues and provide attendees with a greater context to the effects they have on our culture, including how to treat them and what we need to do in order to shape new cultural ideals around appearance.

The first part of the day will be an interdisciplinary workshop defining eating disorders, body image distress, and “fat phobia”, with a focus on cultural considerations and implications, community inclusion, and ways to challenge our own biases regarding weight, body shape, and health. 

The afternoon will address specifics on diagnosing and treating eating disorders, and distinguishing them from disordered eating. Content will explore clinical presentations and concerns, working with integrated care teams, addressing body image distress and body shame, and how to use models such as Health at Every Size and Body Trust to inform your practice. A primary focus will be placed on considering multicultural inclusion and intersectionality (gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, history of trauma).

Following the afternoon, attendees will have the ability to:

  • Define Health at Every Size and Body Trust and discuss the role these practices have in creating a more inclusive practice
  • Identify a minimum of 3 intake questions to add or adapt in their practice to gather more information on a client’s relationship with food and their body
  • Identify 5 interventions that can be done with clients to address disordered eating and/or body image distress
  • Have a clearer understanding of integrated care and how to work effectively in supporting someone with an eating disorder, disordered eating, and/or body image distress, includes information on when to refer out

This workshop may meet the OBLPCT Cultural Competence Continuing Education requirement. Click here for more information

Course Details & Registration

Date & Time: Saturday, May 30, 2020, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Instructor: Kyira Wackett, MS, LPC

Noncredit: $125 before 5/7, $150 after, includes 6 CEUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%. 
Students: $50 

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    Please note: Student registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)


About the Presenter

Kyira Wackett, MS, LPC is an artist, public speaker and community advocate. She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin Madison and is a licensed therapist specializing in eating disorders, anxiety disorders and trauma. Kyira has been speaking on topics related to mental health, authenticity and personal & professional development for over 10 years. In 2016, she founded her company, Kinda Kreative, wherein, she has focused her efforts more specifically on creating social change, empowering self exploration and cultivating opportunities for growth - both personally and professionally. Her passion is community engagement and education and given her speciality training in eating disorders, she has a major drive to bring more education on this topic to the community. She sees her role as a curator of discussion and curiosity rather than an expert, noting that it is in the discussion and dissection of our thoughts, cultural norms and societal advancements/beliefs that we are able to best address that which plagues us today.

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