Helping Clients Reclaim Their Bodies and Themselves

In the 1960’s, our pop culture was introduced to Twiggy. As a reed-thin 90-pound figure, she became an instant icon and world famous supermodel. Fast-forward 40+ years, and the super thin pop culture remains a dominant part of our lives. Anorexic messages are delivered to young women via reality shows, fashion magazines, star performances, and E-entertainment. Likewise, maturing women are inundated with expensive anti-wrinkle creams, botox injections, and liposuction as cures for the dreaded condition called “aging.” One can only ask, “Will the real woman’s body please stand up?”

This workshop will examine the impact of media, personal experiences, and messages received by others as factors influencing body image – perceptions of external selves. Distortions of the body’s shape, size and overall looks can result in emotional distress, lowered self-esteem, rebound dieting, and eating disorders. Mental health care professionals can provide support and affirmation to clients impacted by the negative impact of society’s messages and unrealistic expectations. Through this session, participants will be provided educational strategies and knowledge for working with clients to improve body image and awareness.

Objectives:

By the completion of this workshop, the participant will:

  • Understand the role of cross-cultural perspectives, familial and media influences on body image
  • Examine the historical roots of body shame
  • Explore strategies to counteract body shame
  • Recognize the impact of a poor body image on physical, mental, and spiritual health
  • Identify educational strategies and knowledge to support clients’ reclaiming their body, mind, and soul

Contact Germayne at Views From A Treehouse today Phone:(614) 448-7623 E-mail: germayne@viewsfromatreehouse.com