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Digital Seminar

Food and Body Shame: Acceptance-Based, Non-Diet Interventions for Clients Struggling with Eating and Weight

Margit Berman, PhD
Approx. 6 Hours
Jun 07, 2024
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What if you could help your clients feel better about their bodies...

...and forge ahead with dreams and goals that have been linked to weight loss...

...regardless of whether their body size ever changes?

Say farewell to weight-centric approaches that fall short in addressing body image and shame-based eating, oversimplify complex issues, intensify your clients’ guilt and shame, worsen weight stigma, and possibly create medical risk.

Now you can guide your clients to thriving with a new way of approaching eating and body image that zeroes in on what truly works – an acceptance-based approach that differentiates weight from health, combats weight stigma, fosters body acceptance, and reduces symptoms of shame-based eating, anxiety, and depression.

Watch Dr. Margit Berman, developer of Accept Yourself!, a self-acceptance-based intervention that integrates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with a weight-neutral, non-dieting, body liberation framework of care, as she teaches you step-by-step, effective treatment of weight-related concerns. You’ll learn:

  • How to promote authentic self-acceptance in clients who struggle with the idea of “body positivity”
  • When and how to choose a self-acceptance-based approach that gets rid of the old dieting rulebook
  • Strategies to advocate for and support clients dealing with weight-based stigma and discrimination
  • Tools for helping clients meet goals they thought were only possible once they achieved an ideal weight

Give your clients a lasting sense of self-acceptance and powerful commitment to the values that matter most to them – PURCHASE TODAY!


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Margit Berman, PhD's Profile

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Margit I. Berman, PhD, LP, is a clinician, researcher, professor, trainer, and author of A Clinician’s Guide to Acceptance-Based Approaches for Weight Concerns: The Accept Yourself! Framework and A Workbook of Acceptance-Based Approaches for Weight Concerns: The Accept Yourself! Framework. She was recipient of the 2015 Hitchcock Foundation Scholars Career Development award for her research and development of the Accept Yourself! Intervention for large-bodied women with depression.

Currently associate professor of clinical psychology at Augsburg University and assistant professor of psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, she is also past chair of the Society for Counseling Psychology’s Section for the Promotion of Psychotherapy Science and former associate editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology. She is a member of the Association for Size Diversity and Health and has researched, taught, and given presentations on ACT and other self-acceptance-based approaches nationally and internationally for the past fifteen years.

Speaker Disclosures
Financial: Margit Berman has employment relationships with Augsburg University and Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She receives royalties as a published author. Margit Berman receives a speaking honorarium. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Margit Berman is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Contextual Behavior Science, and the Association for Size Diversity and Health.

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  1. Identify two myths about weight loss and body size.
  2. Evaluate a self-acceptance-based approach to health for weight-concerned clients.
  3. Determine clients’ abilities to engage in valued activities and respond effectively to weight-based discrimination.
  4. Utilize three acceptance-based approaches to improve clients’ body image flexibility and relationship to food.
  5. Choose two acceptance-based skills to decrease weight stigma and enhance valued living.
  6. Assess therapists’ weight-related biases to prevent them from harming clients.


“Once I Lose Weight, I’ll Be Happier”
A Real and Raw Look at the Science of Weight Loss

  • Weight loss treatment outcomes, including new weight loss medications
  • Health and body size: myths and facts
  • The real culprit: weight stigma and diet culture
  • Ethical issues related to prescribing weight loss
  • Dieting versus “healthy lifestyle change” - is there a difference?
  • Rationale for and research on acceptance-based approaches: ACT and Health At Every Size (HAES) ®

Assessment Tools and Strategies
Prepare Clients for a Paradigm Shift

  • How to discuss informed consent for a non-dieting approach
  • Creative hopelessness practices to assist clients with forging a new path
  • Treatment goals when the client has a fantasy of being thin
  • How to assess eating-related symptoms
  • Essential questions to understand clients’ body image concerns
  • The impact of family culture on relationship with food and body
  • Evaluate co-occurring mental health conditions
  • Getting away from the scale – self-monitoring for optimal health
  • Top tips to help clients unlearn diet culture

Acceptance-Based Treatment for Clients with Body Concerns
The Search for Neutrality

  • Framing acceptance as a behavior, not a feeling
  • Mindfulness skills to help clients live more fully and compassionately
  • Identify and respond to fat-hating cultural programming
  • Top in- and out-of-session body acceptance practices
  • Facilitate values-driven versus prescriptive eating and movement
  • Self-compassion practices for interacting with media images
  • Coping with common barriers – weight stigma and discrimination
  • Self-acceptance tools for chronic weight-associated diseases

Clinical Considerations

  • Group v. individual treatment – developing a community of support
  • Customize treatment based on life-stage
  • Help clients navigate a diet culture-based medical system
  • How to collaborate with healthcare providers to decrease weight stigma
  • Body diversity and intersectionality
  • Tools for decreasing the therapist’s internalized weight stigma
  • Impact of the therapist’s own body image on treatment
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

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


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