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Body Compassion Workshop for Clinicians: ACT, CBT, Somatic Interventions and More to Foster Positive Body Relationships in Clients

Kanjana Hartshorne, LCSW, C-IAYT, CCFP, Reiki Master
Approx. 6 Hours
Apr 11, 2024
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Clients’ relationships with their bodies can be so painful - disconnected, discontented, and even feeling betrayed by their bodies due to appearance, illness, aging, injury, or trauma.

Trapped in a cycle of self-criticism and self-worth struggles the body becomes a place that isn’t safe.

And if they can’t feel safe in their own body, how are they expected to feel safe anywhere? And how are you supposed to get anywhere in therapy?

As a licensed clinical social worker and leader of Body Compassion retreats across the country I’ve helped hundreds of clients overcome their body and self-image issues and truly come to appreciate what makes them, and their bodies, unique.

You’ll get the tools you need to uncover the underlying causes of your clients’ body issues, shift their deep-seated negative beliefs, and show them how to embrace a kinder, more compassionate relationship with their bodies and themselves.

With simple but effective thought and emotional regulation tools from ACT, CBT, mindfulness, positive psychology, and somatic approaches you’ll end this training ready to skillfully guide clients on a journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance and profound healing.

And we won’t only be talking. This training is very experiential, giving you the opportunity to follow me in guided exercises so you can feel the impact they’ll have on your clients firsthand.

Together, we can create a space where individuals can cultivate a healthy relationship with their bodies, flourish in their unique beauty and embrace their inherent value.

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Kanjana Hartshorne, LCSW


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Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this non-interactive self-study package.

CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements. 

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


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Healing Hearts Wellness

Kanjana Hartshorne, LCSW, C-IAYT, CCFP, Reiki Master, is a licensed psychotherapist, certified compassion fatigue professional, and yoga therapist. She owns Healing Hearts Wellness, a group practice specializing in holistic and somatic modalities for mental and emotional wellness. Kanjana offers an evidence-based blend of traditional Western psychotherapy and Eastern Comprehensive Yoga Therapy to address issues across the lifespan. Passionate about somatic therapies and the importance of bringing the body into clinical practice. Kanjana has seen time and again the power of body-based interventions in her work in cancer care, hospice, and private and group practice settings. She also offers clinical supervision, CEU trainings for healthcare professionals, retreats, and yoga, art & therapy workshops across the country. Kanjana co-founded The Body Compassion Project in 2016 in collaboration with Yoga for Eating Disorders and has led and co-facilitated Body Compassion retreats and continuing education programming annually. Kanjana is also in the process of researching the efficacy of yoga therapy and meditation as an adjunct to talk therapy.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kanjana Hartshorne has an employment relationship with Healing Hearts Wellness. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kanjana Hartshorne is a member of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work and the National Association of Social Workers.

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  1. Identify the social media, cultural, and societal factors that contribute to negative body image.
  2. Utilize assessment tools to evaluate body image issues and body dissatisfaction.
  3. Determine how self-compassion meditations and mindfulness-based practices increase body appreciation and reduce shame.
  4. Examine the evidence for using acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) techniques for body image problems.
  5. Identify how yoga practice and creative arts techniques improve body satisfaction and acceptance.
  6. Evaluate the limitations of existing research on body image interventions.


Body Image Basics and Beyond

  • Understand body image, self-worth, body dysmorphia and more
  • Inclusive work with gender diverse populations
  • The intersection of body image work and systemic oppression
  • When to refer out
  • Cultural, societal, and social media factors that contribute to negative body image
  • The role of trauma and co-occurring conditions
  • Examine your own biases, beliefs, and assumptions regarding body image
  • How compassion helps clients take steps toward acceptance

Assessment Tools and Techniques for Body Image Issues and Body Dissatisfaction

  • Assessment tools and scales
  • Self-report measures, interviews, and clinical observation
  • Incorporating cultural sensitivity
  • Recognize diverse body norms and gender diversity
  • Use the clinical interview to explore underlying beliefs and emotions

Self-Compassion and Mindfulness Based Practices:

  • Enhance your clients body awareness and body-compassion
  • Guided body scan meditations to tune into physical sensations
  • Body focused mindfulness practices for body image and self-perception
  • Self-compassion and guided imagery meditations to increase body appreciation and reduce shame
  • Use sensory cues to evoke feelings of acceptance towards the body
  • Ways to incorporate movement practices into daily life

CBT, ACT and Positive Psychology Techniques:

  • End negative body talk, regulate their emotions and foster body image flexibility
  • The power of language in shaping body perceptions and relationship
  • Uncover the origins of harmful body talk patterns
  • CBT strategies for reframing unhelpful thinking patterns about their bodies
  • ACT tools to foster body image flexibility
  • Positive psychology affirmations to challenge negative body talk
  • Use emotional regulation tools from ACT, CBT, yoga therapy, and more

Yoga, Somatic Practices, Creative Arts and Other Complementary Approaches:

  • Build your clients body self-care, self-expression and body acceptance toolkit
  • Yoga for improved body satisfaction and acceptance
  • Somatic movement practices for self-exploration and bodily expression
  • Use therapeutic art for emotional expression and self-reflection
  • Therapeutic writing to improve weight and body shape bias internalization
  • The connection between gratitude and cultivating positive body image
  • Body gratitude exercises to practice self-compassion towards their body

Ethical Considerations and Self-Care for Clinicians

  • Maintain client autonomy
  • Promote body diversity
  • Address potential harm
  • Manage countertransference and burnout
  • Healthy at Every Size (HAES)

Limitations of the Research and Potential Risks

  • Research limitations for discussed interventions
  • Inclusion/exclusion – who to use these techniques with and when
  • Potential risks associated with discussed interventions
  • Areas for further study

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Other Mental Health Professionals
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants


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