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

Date: 9:00am PDT May 30 Location: Online


In the United States, over 30 million people from intersecting identities suffer from an eating disorder. 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 factors 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.

Combining self-guided training modules and interactive group discussion, this online training is designed to help practitioners deepen their understanding of eating disorders, disordered eating and body image distress from both a cultural and a diagnostic/treatment perspective. We will explore this topic from a multicultural and multimodal approach and consider the impact of culture and biology on the development and perpetuation of these disorders.

Registrants will have access to Moodle modules from Saturday, May 23rd - Saturday, May 30th. It asked that modules are completed prior to the live discussions on Saturday, May 30th. Participation in a live discussion/Q&A is required on May 30th from 11 a.m.-12 p.m., and optionally from 9-10 a.m. Completion of all Moodle modules and participation in the Zoom session(s) are required for those seeking CEUs or PDUs.

Modules and Training Topics

  • Overview & Goals General overview, how to best use and engage with the information and what about this topic is relevant to you
  • Definitions, Basics & Terminology Basic concepts and terminology relating to eating disorders, disordered eating and body image distress, including clinical and cultural terms
  • Myths Misconceptions in missteps  with regard to concepts and illnesses that we face as individuals, practitioners and communities at large
  • Risk Factors & Eating Disorder Development How does an eating disorder develop, and what puts someone more at risk? Are there certain experiences that are culturally specific that may contribute to an eating disorder, disordered eating and/or body image distress? And when does it cross the line from “normal” to problematic?
  • Cultural Roadblocks, Norms and Bias: Define and share examples of norms and biases we hold as a community and internally, and how this impacts our view of ourselves and others. Identify the ways cultural norms and biases around food, bodies, and movement play a major role in the development and perpetuation of these norms, and the polarization we can see based on people’s body types, diet, and more. How to challenge our own biases regarding weight, body shape, and health
  • Signs & Symptoms of Eating Disorders: What are the physical, mental and emotional presentations of someone with an eating disorder? Does it differ depending on the disorder? We will explore the ways in which it might show up and review how sometimes the clinical diagnostic criteria can lack inclusivity or lead one to dismiss problematic behaviors and/or clinical concerns.
  • Impact of Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating, and Body Image Distress: We will explore the impact on the individual, loved one and community (physically, mentally and emotionally, and the ramifications on relationships, the impact on culture and society, and the ways in which culture and society reinforce and feed back onto that impact.
  • Providing & Accessing Support: How can you support someone who is struggling with an Eating Disorder, Disordered Eating or Body Image Distress? What is helpful versus unhelpful and how do you navigate this in relation to your own distress? If you are the person struggling, how can you shift?
  • Treatment: Modalities, Interventions and Adaptations, including how to use models such as Health at Every Size and Body Trust to inform your practice
  • Ethical, Multicultural & Internal Biases/Assumptions: considering multicultural inclusion and intersectionality (gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, history of trauma).
  • Effect & Implications of COVID: How to assist people struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating and body image distress during this global event

Following the workshop, participants 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
  • Understand the role of fat phobia in cultural bias, and identify 3 key changes they can make in their own language, practice and work to be more inclusive
  • Identify 3-5 risk factors that lead people to an eating disorder, disordered eating, body image distress and/or a negative effect on identity
  • Identify 3 ways that social media has a negative effect on identity and at least 2 tips for counteracting it.
  • Challenge myths about eating disorders, and understand the difference between eating disorders and disordered eating

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

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2020. Training modules will be self-guided and made available May 23rd. Live discussion/Q&A attendance is required on May 30th from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., and optionally from 9-10 a.m.
Instructor: Kyira Wackett, MS, LPC

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

Registration Closes Monday, May 25th at 11:59 p.m.

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  • We are committed to making our events accessible to all needs and abilities. When registering, let us know your access needs. Please contact us at 503-768-6040 or with questions.

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


About the Presenter

Kyira Wackett, MS, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor, 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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