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ACT for Eating and Body Image Concerns: Help Clients Drop the Rope in their Tug of War with Food and Weight

Diana Hill, PhD
Approx. 6 Hours
Dec 03, 2021
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Caught in a tug of war with food and weight, many clients presenting for therapy suffer in their battle with body image and eating.

Entangled in preoccupation about weight loss and feeling stuck in cycles of rigid dieting, the chaos of overeating, shame, and hopelessness clients present with negative self-worth, eating disorders, relationship problems, anxiety, or depression.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Watch Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) expert and author Diana Hill, Ph.D., to learn ACT—a fresh, modern and evidence-based approach—for treating eating and weight concerns.

In this experiential training, Dr. Hill will guide you through a new way of conceptualizing eating concerns as an attempt to control or avoid the discomfort of living. You’ll learn ACT practices to help clients build the superpower of psychological flexibility—the skill they need to stay present, open, and free to engage in what matters most to them, even in the face of life’s many obstacles.

Attend and learn…

  • Powerful strategies to motivate clients to choose a different path
  • Experiential exercises to increase acceptance, willingness, and allowing of difficult feelings and cravings
  • “Beginners mind” and “one-eye-in one-eye-out” to increase client’s contact with the present moment
  • How to apply cognitive defusion strategies with clients
  • “The attuned parent” strategy to increase client’s perspective taking and self-compassion
  • Values-based action plans to guide clients in taking committed action toward their values

Purchase today to begin your journey with helping clients let go of their struggle with food and weight and direct their energy toward building rich and meaningful lives!


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Diana Hill, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, fellow podcaster, and expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a cutting edge, evidence-based form of psychotherapy that helps people develop psychological flexibility. Her new book, which she co-authored with Dr. Debbie Sorensen is Act Daily Journal, which breaks psychological flexibility into an 8-week program, to help clients rebuild and re-enter their lives. Dr. Hill cares deeply about teaching psychological strategies to therapists so they can support their clients in living more integrated, aligned, and with more contentment.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Diana Hill maintains a private practice. She is the co-host and co-founder of a podcast, Psychologists Off the Clock, which receives sponsorship contributions from Praxis Continuing Education and DiveThru. She is a teacher for Yoga Soup, Insight LA Online Meditation Community, and Mindful Heart Programs. She receives royalties as a published author, and she receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Diana Hill has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Hypothesize the role that control and experiential avoidance play in the development and maintenance of eating disorder behavior
  2. Demonstrate an experiential exercise to increase acceptance, willingness, and allowing of difficult feelings and cravings.
  3. Use strategies such as beginners mind and one-eye-in one-eye-out to increase client’s contact with the present moment
  4. Distinguish the difference between cognitive restructuring and cognitive defusion and be able to apply cognitive defusion strategies with clients
  5. Perform experiential practices such as “the attuned parent” to increase client’s perspective taking and self-compassion
  6. Create clinical strategies such as the choice point model to increase values awareness
  7. Employ clinical strategies such as values-based action plans to guide clients in taking committed action toward their values


Why ACT for Eating and Weight Concerns?
A New Approach to an Old Problem
  • Latest research on ACT for eating disorders and weight concerns
  • Avoidance and control in the development and maintenance of chronic dieting and overeating
  • Metaphor to illustrate the paradox of control
  • Creative hopelessness to motivate clients to try something different
  • Psychological Flexibility (PF) as a new path
Being Present: Help Clients Live in the Now
  • How being present relates to eating and weight concerns
  • Shift clients from “doing something” about their body to “being in” their body
  • Cultivate beginner’s mind and one-eye-in, one-eyeout skills
  • Practices for embodied eating and embodied movement
Cognitive Defusion: Help Clients Get Space from their “News Feed”
  • A different approach to preoccupation with food and weight
  • The paradox of trying to control thoughts about eating and weight
  • A new metaphor for preoccupation with food and weight
  • Practices for food rules, shoulds, body comparison, and “what the heck” thoughts
Acceptance: Help Clients be Courageous, Willing and Open
  • What acceptance is and what it is not
  • How chronic dieting, preoccupation with food, emotional overeating, and over-exercise can serve as experiential avoidance strategies
  • How to use the experiential avoidance roundabout metaphor with clients
  • Practices for willingness and curiosity to expand clients’ window of flexibility
Perspective Taking: Help Clients Take in the View
  • How rigid self-stories about eating and weight limits flexibility and connection
  • How to identify when a client is stuck in a self-story
  • Practice flexible perspective taking with clients
  • Cultivate an “attuned parent’ perspective to increase self-compassion and wise responses with food and weight
Values: Help Clients Choose Direction
  • How values are defined in ACT
  • The role of values in motivating change
  • How to use the choice point model to increase awareness of values
Committed Action: Help Clients Fall on Purpose and Why it Matters
  • Uncover intrinsic motivation for change with values
  • Focus on action over outcome while working toward change
  • Behavioral science to support small, sustainable changes
  • Create values-based action plans
Integration: Practice putting it all together
  • Case examples
  • How to use the 6 core processes when clients are off track
  • The role of therapist PF in supporting client psychological flexibility
  • Limitations of research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Registered Dietitians & Dietetic Technicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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