Eating Disorder Prevention and Self Care Promotion – Facilitator Course

ACFEB are proud to offer this course with the permission of Dr Eric Stice at the Oregon Research Institute.  The two interventions covered in our two-day course: Body Project & Project Health, have been developed and used at Stanford University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Oregon Research Institute.  The interventions are the outgrowth of a 16-year program of research on the risk factors for eating disorders by Dr Stice’s research team.

The Body Project: A 4 week (one hour per week) eating disorder prevention program which reduces appearance-ideal internalisation, body dissatisfaction, negative mood, unhealthy dieting, and eating disorder symptoms.  This intervention has also been found to reduce risk for future eating disorders.  In addition, there is evidence that the Body Project intervention reduces the risk for future onset of weight gain, results in improved psychosocial functioning, and reduces mental health care utilisation.

Project health: A 6 week (one hour per week) intervention which promotes healthy, lasting, lifestyle changes to dietary intake and activity. Project Health produced a 66% reduction in future eating disorder onset at 2-yr follow-up.

Learn to be a Facilitator 

The facilitator course is suitable for anyone who would like to be able to facilitate groups the Body Project & Project Health with young people (the research was primarily conducted with females aged 13-19) and offers interventions which demonstrate a significant reduction in risk for eating disorder and future onset of weight gain. The interventions also show decreases in appearance-ideal internalisation, body dissatisfaction and psychosocial impairments.

During the course you will have practice hosting and participating in mock group sessions.

There is also a requirement to complete a pre-course task and to complete overnight homework.

All participants are provided with:

Fully scripted session plans and all printed handouts, so that you will be immediately equipped to start to facilitate the Body Project and/or Project Health intervention courses.

However, participants can choose to be listed on the ACFEB website as ACFEB Prevention Facilitators.
The course is ideal for school and college counsellors, youth workers, social workers, private practitioners who work with adolescents and those in community education.

Men please note: The research that supports the prevention course has been conducted with adolescent girls and young women aged 14-19 years old. The trials were also conducted using female clinicians and female peer leaders as facilitators.
Although we actively encourage male health professionals to join us for Eating Disorder Essentials, The Anti-Diet Approach for Health Professionals and Complete Bariatrics, we do advise that there is no evidence that men will achieve the anticipated outcomes when facilitating the Eating Disorder Prevention and Self- Care Promotion course. A male facilitator leading a group of females, or even leading a mixed gender group, may result in a different dynamic which is currently untested.

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