Be Nourished Training Institute

The conversations between healthcare providers and their clients are powerful and capable of encouraging and inhibiting growth, change and healing.

The Be Nourished Training Institute provides training and support in weight-inclusive, trauma-informed, and social justice oriented care. Our work is scientifically grounded and greatly influenced by social justice and intersectional feminism, Health at Every Size®, shame resilience theory, motivational interviewing, self-compassion theory, relational cultural theory, mindfulness-based approaches, and post-modern therapeutic thought. Our trainings can help you nurture balanced, meaningful relationships with your clients that are grounded in respect and liberation.

Body Trust Certification Program

At Be Nourished, we believe... the possibility of a body-compassionate and weight-inclusive world. communities can do better. is possible for people to develop the resilience needed to live in a world filled with weight bias.

And we believe that through these trainings, you'll be reminded of the very reason you entered the helping professions. And you will be reconnected to your power to influence change.

Be Nourished Trainings:

Are informed by research and liberation-based healthcare
Help your clients move toward health and healing
Encourage the innate wisdom and motivation your clients already possess
Foster feelings of support to help your clients feel excited about returning for your services

Interested in tips to help your clients develop resilience to body shame?

Who We Are

Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC and Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD, are the co-founders of Be Nourished, a leading voice in the mission to address body oppression and heal body shame. Since 2005, we've been holding space for people looking to let go of chronic patterns of dieting, disordered eating, and weight cycling. After years of intensive listening, Hilary and Dana co-created their Body Trust® approach to help people find a way to truly heal and move towards a compassionate, sustainable form of self care. In a culture dominated by weight bias and body oppression, we believe reclaiming Body Trust is the key to feeling psychologically and physically nourished.

Hilary is a licensed professional counselor, an experienced trainer and educator, a Certified Daring Way™ facilitator, and a skilled workshop leader. Dana is a registered dietitian, Motivational Interviewing trainer, and Kripalu Yoga teacher. From 2007-2012, Hilary and Dana were adjunct instructors for the Eating Disorder Certificate Program at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. They are sought-after speakers on an array of wellness topics, including body liberation, Health at Every Size®, intuitive eating, and body respect in health care communities.

Are you ready to love your work more than ever?

Trainings We Offer

Promoting Body Trust® in Your Work equips you with the knowledge, language, and practical resources to challenge weight stigma, make connections between weight stigma and negative health outcomes, and support clients in moving towards Body Trust® and weight-neutral self-care.

For helping professionals interested in facilitating healing between people and their bodies. Healing body dissatisfaction is a valuable and elusive aspect of wellness. Learn connected, compassionate, body-positive practices to help you more effectively assist people who struggle with disordered eating or internalized body shame.

Explore theories of embodiment and learn how to use narrative approaches to help people reclaim Body Trust®.

Together, we can create a world safer for people of ALL shapes, sizes, colors, gender identities, and abilities; a world more inclusive of body diversity. Body Trust® is a powerful healing paradigm, and people who can benefit from it are everywhere. We created this certification to help you bring this important work to others.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a practical, evidence-based approach for supporting clients in making sustainable behavior changes. Master the spirit and skills of MI in this dynamic workshop with demonstrations, videos, "real-plays," case studies, and small group exercises.

Be Nourished Training Institute

Work With Us

The Be Nourished Training Institute would love to talk with you about the possibility of facilitating one of our professional trainings for you and your staff. We are available to travel to your organization or place of business.

Where We've Been

In addition to the trainings we offer, we travel often to speak at conferences and have
visited numerous organizations to facilitate instruction on Body Trust® and more:

  • Columbia River Eating Disorder Network in Portland, OR

    Weight Bias as a Treatment Variable: The Missing Link (April 2018)

  • Multi-Service Eating Disorder Association Annual Conference in Newton, MA

    Making the Case for Embodied Practitioners (April 2018)

  • Academy of Eating Disorders / ICED 2018 in Chicago, IL (Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC)

    But What if My Client Gets Fat? Research and Clinical Implications of Weight Stigma in Treating Higher-Weight Patients with Eating Disorders (Panel Discussion, April 2018)

  • The Renfrew Conference in Philadelphia, PA (Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD)

    What Motivates Change? Translating Theory into Practice (November 2017)

  • The Renfrew Conference in Philadelphia, PA (Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC, and Carmen Cool, MA, LPC)

    Therapy and Activism: From Individual to Collective Healing (November 2017)

  • BEDA Conference in Brooklyn, NY

    How Healthism Overshadows Healing: Ethical Consideration in Treatment Planning (November 2017)

  • BEDA Conference in Brooklyn, NY

    Strategies to Love Your Work More Than Ever: Practices to Build Resiliency (November 2017)

  • Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, OR

    Body Positivity Summit (March 2017)

Body Trust® Provider Training Program

Kick-Off Retreat in Portland, OR
+ Six-Month Online Training


Freeing The Body Narrative
Motivational Interviewing Training