Promoting Body Trust® in Your Work
An E-Course for Helping Professionals
Talking about weight stigma in healthcare settings is hard.
Your education didn’t cover how to have the hard conversations—so how do you help your clients heal body shame in a weight-biased world?
Our culture is obsessed with weight as an indicator of health.
As a conscious healthcare provider (whether your focus is physical, mental, or a holistic practice that encompasses both), you know a lot of harm is being done with the focus on weight and weight loss.
Real talk: Body liberation and weight inclusivity are not the dominant paradigm when it comes to discussing health and wellbeing—and your growing awareness of the expanding body of research that says dieting doesn’t work is beginning to make your professional life very difficult.
You’re starting to wonder if you’re really helping by recommending weight and lifestyle changes when you know the dominant weight paradigm:
- Doesn’t work and is frequently emotionally and metabolically damaging.
- Is not trauma informed.
- Is rooted in weight bias and stigma.
You want to offer clients a different conversation about bodies, weight, and health, but you feel uncertain about what steps to take to be truly helpful.
You want to ethically and skillfully have these conversations about food and body concerns, but our cultural climate of weight stigma is so prevalent that you don’t know where to begin.
On top of it all, you’re acutely aware of how hard it can be to work from a weight-inclusive perspective because - in addition to helping our clients do it - we have to unpack our own internalized body shame and biases.
You definitely don’t want to contribute to the body shaming and size bias that is commonplace in healthcare settings—and it has you feeling tentative, uncertain, and under-resourced when it comes to having these conversations.
We get it.
We are Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC and Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD, and we are the co-founders of Be Nourished, a leading voice in the mission to address body oppression and heal body shame.
Over the past 12 years, we have developed the language and philosophy of Body Trust® to help people develop a resilient foundation for living in a weight-biased world. We work with conscious and compassionate providers who want to support their clients in ending food and weight obsession to develop weight-neutral self-care practices and turn their focus to healing.
As we’ve developed this work, here’s what we’ve discovered:
- Learning to trust your body again in a culture that doesn’t can leave you feeling distant and disconnected from your own body and wisdom.
- Most providers haven’t been trained to have the kinds of conversations that help people develop the resilience needed to live compassionately in a weight-biased world.
- It’s difficult to find the resources and language to challenge the dominant paradigm in a way that is compassionate and accessible to our clients.
Here at Be Nourished, we hear it all the time: when it comes to body concerns, you feel like there are potential landmines in your conversations with clients, and you don’t know what to say or do.
That’s why we’ve created a new resource to help you overcome these challenges with grace and professionalism.
Promoting Body Trust in Your Work
A 30-day invitation to gain language and skills to deepen your client conversations and offer weight-inclusive care.
Promoting Body Trust® in Your Work equips you with the knowledge base, language, and practical resources to challenge weight stigma; connect the dots between weight stigma and negative health outcomes; and support clients in moving towards Body Trust and weight-neutral self-care.
A 30-day self-paced digital program, this program consists of 24 content-rich emails you’ll receive over the course of 30 days (6 days on, 1 day off) along with access to a comprehensive resource center all with the intention of introducing you to the growing body of work supporting the body liberation movement.
This course will:
Expand your practice with the Body Trust framework, and watch your clients
experience deep acceptance and real recovery.
"Take this course if you are looking for greater understanding for how to support and teach your clients about body trust in a genuine way."
- Kimberly Weis
Wondering whether this course is really for you?
Because of the nature of the healthcare industry as it currently exists and longstanding stigmas about weight and needing to fit into society’s misconception of what healthy looks like, putting yourself into a position where you’re having uncommon conversations with your clients can feel tough.
If you’ve read this far, though, we think you already understand how important those tough conversations are.
The truth is, you don’t have to be a therapist to be therapeutic.
Body Trust begins with each of us addressing and dismantling the toxic and false paradigms around weight.
Whether you’re a therapist, a yoga teacher, a dietitian, a coach, or physician, what you’ll discover is that with Body Trust language and resources, you can help guide your clients towards a path of self-compassion and real self-care.
You can become part of a growing conversation about health, one that nourishes and celebrates who we are and who we can become - regardless of how we show up.
"Loved this course and the wisdom shared. It's given me a great grounding in HAES and Intuitive Eating along with some practical tools for supporting clients. I love the compassion of Hilary and Dana and would recommend the course."
What’s in the course?
Module One: The Evidence for a Weight-Inclusive Paradigm.
- This module reviews the research challenging the dominant approach to weight in healthcare settings and highlights ethical concerns so that you can help without harming.
Module Two: The Core Elements and Phases of a Body Trust Practice.
- This module introduces you to the Body Trust framework, where you’ll learn how to create an environment of compassion and openness for your clients to explore. Our core topics will include: learning what a body trust practice looks like, what it means to practice, and the phases people go through while doing this work. You’ll learn ways to help people heal from the effects of weight stigma and diet culture, and we’ll show you several ways to get there.
Module Three: The Value of Embodiment.
- This module helps you reflect on and unpack your own relationship with food, body and weight so that you can show up better because...at the end of the day, you can’t help clients go further than you’ve gone yourself.
- Note: We understand how sensitive a subject this is for many practitioners, and based on our extensive experience, connecting with clients around this subject (rather than attempting to hide our own body images struggles) helps clients grow and feel more understood.
Module Four: Bringing a Body Trust Approach into Your Work.
- This module maps out what this actually looks like in practice - giving you tips, conversation strategies, and more to begin working with - so that you can move from theory to practice quickly with your clients.
In addition to the self-guide course, we host two web-based calls per year so you can work with experienced professionals to check in, case-conference, and get live answers to your questions.
$125 for the course
"This was a great introduction into body trust and awareness. Dana and Hilary have put together a wonderful course that provides a good base for more body trust and support work. I loved the emails everyday, the videos and the additional content provided to us."
What is Body Trust?
Body Trust® is the proprietary foundation of all the work we do here at Be Nourished, the core underpinnings of the rest of our work. Heavily informed by Health at Every Size®, our work has been greatly influenced by social justice and intersectional feminism, shame resilience theory, motivational interviewing, self-compassion theory, mindfulness-based approaches, and post-modern therapeutic thought.
It’s a pathway to acceptance of the body, an alternative dialogue to the conventional paradigm of food, body image, and weight concerns in our culture.
Body Trust is not a new plan, a gimmick, or a short-term solution. It’s a way to truly heal—an opportunity to focus on finding joy and pleasure again, as you turn your attention towards the parts of you that perhaps you lost sight of while dieting or trying to fix yourself.
Body Trust is a way out of the dieting and self-help cycle, disordered eating, and body shame.
Body Trust recognizes that you are the expert on you and your body, able to intuitively understand the wisdom of your own embodied experience.
We firmly believe Body Trust is your birthright—and discovering it for yourself will only make it easier for you to have the conversations that help your clients do the same.
Because of the nature of this e-course (once you sign up, the lessons are automatically delivered), all sales are final.
We currently offer 4 CEUs for mental health professionals through NASW. We hope to be able to offer CEUs for dietitians in the future. Certificates of completion are available by request.
The way we approach this work is wider and deeper, with a particular focus on your own embodiment of this work. Intellectually understanding this work and actually embodying it are two different things. Our e-course was designed with this in mind.
Our work is informed by Health at Every Size®, and has been greatly influenced by social justice and intersectional feminism, shame resilience theory, motivational interviewing, self-compassion theory, mindfulness-based approaches, and post-modern therapeutic thought.
Yes, this e-course is a prerequisite for becoming a Certified Body Trust® Provider. It is a great way to get to know us and see if the path to Certification feels right for you.