You want to share your weight-inclusive messages widely, powerfully and ethically but might feel sometimes unsure of how to be the most effective.
You are seeking ways to sustain yourself meaningfully in this work.
Our collaborative Just Practice groups to provide an opportunity to develop community, a place to receive guidance in clinical work and business consultation, and for moving forward. Together.
We will gather with the greatest intention…to support one another’s growth so that the weight-inclusive movement thrives.
We want just this.
If every single provider in the field of body liberation and weight & food-related concerns participated in this mastermind, the world would be a much better place. I was also kind of confused about how to step into my activist shoes within the context of my clinical practice, at a time in which I was feeling isolated and lonely as a provider doing this work, and I was really hungry for conversations with people who got it. My biggest fear that I didn’t have a clue and that I would feel inadequate as an activist. This definitely did not come true. I gained so much clarity and purpose, and a more effective way to use my skills and resources that is well suited to my introverted nature.
Carmen and Hilary facilitated a loving container for brave and vulnerable reflection and transformation that is so incredibly special. And as a most generous gift, they put together a learning day with the most wonderful and inspirational guest teachers who have been trailblazers in this work.
Just jump in, trust me, you’ll thank me forever.
~ Lilia Graue, MD, LMFT, Founder & Director, Mindful Eating Mexico
We believe people deserve to live safely in their bodies, free from judgment and stigma. That’s what we work for every day.
We believe in building rewarding and steadfast practices and professional lives that fuel and support us.
We will meet twice a month for 4 months beginning in February, 2019. Our sessions will include exploring topics related to this work, case consult and business growth conversations. We will come with ideas and topics but will follow what is rising to the surface so the group’s wisdom can evolve.
Additionally, you will receive two 45 minute 1:1 sessions with Hilary or Camen to help focus your efforts and we will connect in a Facebook group between sessions.
Before this group I was feeling incredibly isolated as a clinician dedicated to liberation in a field that focuses on “neutrality.” I hadn’t taken part in a group like this before and didn’t know what to expect, but the impact exceeded anything I could have imagined. I worried that I wouldn’t have the experience of the other participants but instead I experienced a community of mutual learning, one in which my commitment to justice and an ethic of care were mirrored by those around me. Rarely have I been in a community like this, where I felt simultaneously respected, valued, and challenged to grow. The community, along with the facilitation of Carmen and Hilary, helped me to regain a sense of solidarity and belonging even in this era of disconnection. The Just Practice group has been invaluable to me and I cannot recommend it strongly enough!
~ Hannah Noel Smith
My biggest fear about joining the group was my discomfort with opening up to new people. Carmen and Hilary created a space where everyone was welcome and invited to just be themselves, and I quickly realized I didn’t have any reason to be afraid. There was room for sharing, questioning, and exploring, as well as room for listening and processing. Carmen and Hilary show up in such an authentic way and it really allows for other people to do the same. Being in a helping profession, we are often taught that we have to leave ourselves out of the relationship, and I really appreciated the reminder that showing up as our true selves is a large part of what allows the relationship to be helpful.
~ Rachel Millner, Psy.D.
Please note: This is not a space to debate the relevancy of a weight-inclusive approach. Questions about how to work within this approach are welcome, but we assume that those who join us in this mastermind are already onboard.
I didn’t realize how much I had been craving a community like this until Hilary and Carmen’s group came along. I wish I could talk with them every week! I can’t say enough about the brave space that was set up for us to ask questions, get guidance, recharge our batteries and push our comfort zones. I was continually learning from and inspired by those in the group. We are all different and I realized there are so many ways to lead and make a difference in this field. And don’t even get me started on the AMAZING people we got to meet during our day-long intensive! I came away with a feeling of fierce support and empowerment and how I want to continue to evolve my own voice in this work. I’m so incredibly thankful to Hilary and Carmen for creating this awesomeness!
Who we are:
Hilary Kinavey and Carmen Cool are trusted voices and leaders in the weight inclusive/Health at Every Size® movement. They are therapists who have built thriving private practices and are experienced group facilitators. They are also activists, educators, and speakers who have studied business and marketing, and are working together on a book. They believe in bringing their full humanity into their work, and in using their privilege as psychotherapists to be social change agents. In addition to being trusted colleagues, they are also friends who value truth-telling, bringing the messy human stuff into the daylight, deep reverence for the healing process that also leaves room for humor, and an abiding love of shoes and tacos.