Body ACT | 3-Part Series | CPA/CE Credits

October 28th, November 4th, November 18th, 2022

Body ACT | 3-Part Series | CPA/CE Credits
    Location: Online Series/Zoom
    Contact Phone Number: (709) 221-5806
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    A live webinar series introducing you to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), how to apply ACT to your own potential weight biases, and how ACT can be used with clients who struggle with body image. This is three-part webinar series; each webinar is an independent training event. Participants can be registered for all events, or only those that meet their educational needs. Beacon Centre Education is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. CE Credits: 1.5 credit per workshop. Level: Any.

    About the Presenter
    Dr. Sarah Pegrum graduated from her combined Master of Psychology (Clinical)/Doctor of Philosophy at Australian Catholic University in 2010. She has gone on to practice in Newfoundland, Canada, specializing in body image and eating disorders. Dr. Pegrum’s practice is integrative and draws heavily from contextual behavioural science. She was introduced to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in 2007, and since that point in time she has attended multiple workshops, trainings and conferences to hone her knowledge and skills. Dr. Pegrum is passionate about training others in ACT, and has been providing workshops, consultation, and supervision since 2013. In 2022 she became a ACBS Peer Reviewed trainer. She is currently the president of the ACBS Atlantic Canada chapter and runs the ACTing with Body Image Facebook group and meetings. Dr. Pegrum has no conflicts of interest to declare.

    WORKSHOP 1 | October 28, 1:30 pm – 2:30 p.m.

    A Taste of ACT: An Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Workshop

    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy has been demonstrated as an effective intervention for a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, pain, substance use disorders and eating disorders. This introductory workshop on ACT provides information on how to conceptualize from an ACT perspective and some tools to help clients get out of their heads and start living. The workshop begins with a brief introduction to the functional contextualism and relational framework theory underpinnings of ACT, and how an understanding of these can aid therapy. The workshop then introduces the hexaflex and moves through each of these 6 processes, providing information flexible versus inflexible presentations and tools that can be sued to move a client towards flexibility in relation to that process.

    Learning Objectives
    – Understand the functional contextual underpinnings of ACT.
    – Be able to identify the 6 processes of psychological flexibility and inflexibility
    – Be able to conceptualize from an ACT perspective
    Learn ACT tools that can be used in therapy (e.g., diffusion, present moment, metaphors).

    WORKSHOP 2 | November 4, 1:30 pm – 2:30 p.m.

    Body Diversity Training: Weight Bias

    There has been increasing discussion and awareness about diversity and inclusion. However, diversity of shapes and sizes is often left out of such discussions. This workshop explores the different messages we have received about shape and size, how that has influenced us in creating potential biases in our practice, the potential impact of those biases and how to navigate them.

    Learning Objectives:
    – Describe what is weight bias, weight stigma and weight discrimination.
    – Understand the impact of weight stigma and discrimination on physical and psychological health
    – Build an awareness of one own’s weight bias.
    – Explore strategies of disengagement from weight bias and connecting with the client.

    WORKSHOP 3 | November 18, 1:30 pm – 2:30 p.m.

    Breaking the Binds of Body Image Using ACT.

    Body image struggles are so rampant that some have labeled them as endemic. Whether your client presents with body image issues, or something else, they are likely also to have body image issues that may be contributing to their struggles. “Breaking the Binds of Body Image” is an excellent workshop for people who work in the field of body image or those who aren’t sure what to do when these struggles enter the room. Breaking the Binds of Body Image applies ACT to body image struggles. It introduces different ways to help a person disengage from unhelpful body image traps and re-engage in their life.

    Learning Objectives:
    – Identify what body image is.
    – Be able to identify ACT processes involved in body image struggles.
    – Learn ACT interventions that could be used with clients struggling with body images.

    Target audience:
    Clinical psychologists, social workers and other clinicians. Master/Doctoral students with some level of practical experience. Beginner-intermediate knowledge of ACT and/or conceptual behavioral science.

    Technical requirements:
    Participants will receive a unique zoom code prior to workshop. Zoom platform will be used to host training.

    CE Credits:
    Beacon Centre Education is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. CE Credits: 1.5, providing participants pass a post-webinar workshop and course evaluation (pass 7/10 multiple choice quiz)

    $50/session or $120 for all sessions.