MAY 12-13, 2017

Be Body Positive
Professional Training

MAY 12-13, 2017

People suffering with eating and body image problems are the canaries in the coalmine of a culture that is increasingly out of balance. Combating these issues is strenuous, often frustrating work.

Now more than ever, professionals are giving their all to help the people affected by an increasingly dysfunctional world that teaches people (especially girls and women) to hate their bodies.

The work you do matters. It’s important.

Imagine what your practice would look like if you had the exact tools needed to not only help your clients heal, but to also enhance your own self-care and wellbeing.

Dear Future Body Positive Movement Leaders,

First off, we thank you for the work you do every day to help your clients have a more peaceful relationship with their bodies.

Whether you have a private practice or work in a treatment center, you’re working hard to fight negative body image and the life-threatening consequences it causes. You’re seeing results in some of your clients. Others are letting go of their disordered behaviors, but are hanging onto the edge of recovery by their fingernails.

Are you feeling tired or burnt out being around so much suffering?

Do you ever wonder if your work will create lasting positive change for your clients?

Wonder no more.
We invite you to attend our Be Body Positive Professional Training in Berkeley, California on May 12th and 13th, where we will not only teach you how to use our Be Body Positive Model’s five core Competencies in your work with clients, but where you will also have the opportunity to attend to your own relationship with your body.

For more than two decades, The Body Positive has been changing lives by helping people embrace their beautifully “flawed” human selves, practice sustainable self-care, and use their freed up energy to live full and purposeful lives.

At the Be Body Positive retreat, we will put the simple yet profound curriculum we use to change lives (researched at both Stanford and Cornell Universities) in your hands so you can do the same for your clients—and yourself.


Challenge 1: Helping clients improve their body image after recovering from their eating-disordered behaviors so they can truly see and experience their authentic beauty.

Challenge 2: Working with transgendered or non-binary clients who feel betrayed by their bodies and don’t believe they can have beauty.

Challenge 3: Getting lost in helping clients and forgetting that attending to your own self-care and body image is key to being a positive role model.

Do you experience any of these challenges? You are not alone. These are just a few of the struggles faced by the professionals who work to combat negative body image and eating problems.

You’re in luck. Registration is now open for our Be Body Positive Professional Training on May 12-13, 2017. Join us for this powerful experiential two-day training where you will enhance your professional efficacy, learn to teach our curriculum, and improve your own body image.

At the Be Body Positive Professional Training, you will:

  • Receive our research-based curriculum to use in group or individual settings. It includes agendas, scripts, and step-by-step instructions. We’ve taken care of the hard stuff for you.
  • Personally experience the power of our Be Body Positive Model to create a more loving relationship with your own body. You can let go of believing you have to have perfect body image yourself to help others.
  • Gain confidence and invaluable skills to enhance your work as a Body Positive leader. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the impact of intersecting identities on body image and self-care. (We offer tools that even the most skilled clinicians haven’t used before.)
  • Join a community. You will gain a network of likeminded professionals to stay connected with and share your experiences, challenges, successes, and creative ideas.
  • Get a renewable two-year license to use our Be Body Positive curriculum, and the opportunity to enhance your learning process with continuing education courses offered biannually.
  • Receive 13 CE hours for Masters level mental health providers and social workers, and dietitians
“Body image has historically been a place where even experienced clinicians get ‘stuck’ with clients and feel a sense of hopelessness and helplessness. The concepts and tools taught in The Body Positive training gave our group instant access to powerful interventions that they immediately began using with clients. Additionally, our clinicians felt personally energized and nurtured by the experience. Going through the exercises together resulted in increased trust and closeness within our team.

Months later, we continue to use and benefit from the concepts and spirit of the day we spent with Connie and Elizabeth. In my more than twenty years of experience working with eating disorders in residential settings, I can honestly say that I have never been a part of something so transformational.
— Jen Gorman, MC, Director of Operations, Center For Discovery


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A bit about us...

Connie Sobczak and Elizabeth Scott, LCSW, founded The Body Positive in 1996 because of their shared passion to create a lively, healing community that offers freedom from suffocating societal messages that keep people in a perpetual struggle with their bodies. They are so passionate about and dedicated to their work that they were honored by Italy’s national La Reppublica newspaper on their list of the top 25 Badass Women of 2015.

Connie Sobczak

Connie is an author, educator, mentor, and award-winning video producer. Her experience with an eating disorder in her teen years and the death of her sister Stephanie inspired her life’s work to create a world where all people are free to love their bodies.

She co-founded The Body Positive in honor of her sister, and to ensure that her daughter Carmen and other children would grow up in a new world—one where people focus on changing the world, not their bodies.

Connie is the author of Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!). She is a leader of the movement to prevent eating problems and improve the self-image of youth and adults by training leaders to bring the Be Body Positive program to their schools and communities. Her passion is watching the light that emerges when people recognize and embrace their magnificent, authentic selves.

Elizabeth Scott

Elizabeth has been practicing psychotherapy since 1988, specializing in eating disorders treatment. She has refined the core Competencies of the Be Body Positive Model to be appropriate for the treatment, as well as the prevention, of eating problems.

Since 1998, Elizabeth has been training students and staff in high school and college to lead Body Positive programs on their campuses. She also trains and supervises eating disorders treatment professionals in private practice and inpatient treatment centers, and through public workshops and online programs.

Elizabeth is committed to The Body Positive’s work because it brings great meaning to her life when she can help people leave body hatred behind and become free to focus on their precious life purpose.


We passionately believe in our work and its power to change people’s lives forever.

It’s why we’ve been around for more than two decades, and why our Be Body Positive trainings, workshops, and public events have been sponsored by eating disorder treatment centers like Center For Discovery, Reasons, Timberline Knolls, Opal: Food + Body Wisdom, and 'Ai Pono.

Our trainings get rave reviews, year after year. We believe you’ll be transformed by the experience of attending our May retreat.

But we also know our work is not necessarily right for everyone. Some people aren't ready to make the personal commitment to practice what they teach.

So, we are willing to offer you a money back guarantee.

If, after attending the first full day of the Be Body Positive training, you feel that the work isn’t right for you, turn in all of your materials and receive a full refund of your tuition and curriculum license fee.

You have nothing to lose by signing up right now.

Here’s another look at how The Body Positive transforms lives. Take note that the young woman quoted below was in a Body Positive group that was NOT taught by us. College health center clinicians who attended our 2016 training facilitated this group.

“I was diagnosed with "Eating Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified" last year, but I had been struggling for much longer than that. I started my unhealthy spiral in high school, using extreme dieting in an attempt to lose weight and punishing myself for my ‘failures’ by obsessively examining my muffin top and other undesirable body parts in the mirror. When I ate an unacceptable food group (ice cream, bread, chocolate, a burger) I would force myself to purge. It largely became my whole life. If I wasn’t actively calculating the calories of my next meal, the workouts I would have to do this week to deserve to eat, I was mentally comparing myself to those around me and berating myself for not eating good enough, looking good enough.

It's been five years since I began that spiral of self-hatred, bingeing and purging, and the only reason I've been able to get out of it was my Body Positive experience. The biggest, most obvious result is that I have not purged since our first class together—a huge success for me. But this experience has really done so much more than that. I've been able to tell that voice in my head repeating the mantra ‘you are not enough’ to go sit in the corner and stop interrupting my day. I've stopped weighing myself. Sometimes I eat bread, even if it's WHITE bread. And I've started loving myself—my stretch marks, cellulite, belly and thighs. All these milestones are little milestones for some, but they have helped me reclaim control over myself and my life through love and self-care. The Body Positive experience did that for me.
— College student, Body Positive group member

We hope you’ll join us at the upcoming Be Body Positive Professional Training.

With love and gratitude,