Schools can be fertile breeding grounds for insecurity, competition, bullying, and isolation.

When young people are preoccupied with their bodies, it hinders their self-esteem, relationships with others, performance in school, and overall quality of life.

Educators are expected to tackle challenges that far surpass their job descriptions and training. Teachers receive professional development for academics, but little in the way of social emotional needs, which they deal with on a daily basis.

We are here to change that.

Imagine if ALL young people had reserves of self-love to turn to when things got tough.

Imagine if they could embrace their differences with pride and truly believe in their value.

What if the obstacles that stop them from stepping into their full power were removed?

Who would they become if they could take full advantage of these precious, formative years?

Dear Students and the Adults Who Care,

Thank you for being here—we know you have a LOT going on! We’re excited that you are considering using your time and resources to tackle the critical issue of negative body image. We’re sad that it’s gotten as bad as it is.

Many times, well-meaning teachers unwittingly contribute to the problem due to a lack of understanding of how to handle this delicate and complex issue.

Teenagers are reaching out to us in droves, wanting to interview us for their projects and start Body Positive clubs at their schools. They are leaders, looking for an opportunity to bring relief to their peers.

Here's the great news...

We have the tools to help you make a difference.

Whether you are a student who is tired of the pressure to be perfect and the negative body talk that goes on among your peers, an educator who worries that your students will never reach their full potential because their insecurities get in the way, or an adult who simply cares about young people, you are ready to take the reins and transform the way our society views health, self-care, and beauty.


We invite you to join us for a life-changing weekend at an upcoming Be Body Positive Leadership Facilitator Training. Not only will you learn how to help your peers or students by being trained to deliver our curriculum, you will also have the opportunity to attend to your own relationship with your body in a completely transformational way.

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 our Be Body Positive Facilitator Trainings, we will put our simple yet profound curriculum in your hands so you can do the same for your school community—and yourself.

Learn more about the themes we address by reading about the Be Body Positive Model’s five core Competencies.



  1. You spend a lot of time comparing yourself to others and find it difficult to focus on what matters to you.
  2. You’re tired of feeling like something is wrong with you; you see your peers struggling too, and you really want to help them.
  3. You’re looking for leadership experience on a topic that MEANS something to you.


  1. You know your students are not reaching their potential.
  2. Bullying is an issue and you’re concerned about your sensitive students.
  3. Pressure to be the best is so high it overwhelms your students and you’re not sure how to respond when they make disparaging comments about themselves.

Do you experience any of these challenges?

You are not alone.

These are just a few of the struggles that result from a society that’s in need of strong leaders to shift the culture.


  • Receive your own copy of our life-changing curriculum to conduct Body Positive support groups, and use in various classes, advisory, and/or clubs. It includes agendas, scripts, handouts, video links, and step-by-step instructions. We’ve taken care of the hard stuff for you and we have three different curricula for middle school, high school, and college.
  • 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 leader. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the impact of intersecting identities on body image and self-care. 
  • Join a supportive community. You will gain a network of likeminded students and educators to stay connected with and share your experiences, challenges, successes, and creative ideas.
  • Explore your relationship with your body through movement, art, writing, and the five Competencies of our Be Body Positive Model.
“I was diagnosed with an eating disorder 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 punish myself for my ‘failures’ by obsessively examining my muffin top and other undesirable body parts in the mirror.

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 the first group I attended—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.

— Body Positive group participant, Cal State Long Beach, 2016


Seattle, WA

April 13-14, 2019
9 am - 5 pm
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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.

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 are free to love their bodies and live their lives.

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 practiced psychotherapy for 28 years, specializing in eating disorders treatment. She 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 eating disorders treatment professionals in private practice and inpatient treatment centers to use the Be Body Positive Model and curriculum in the prevention of eating disorders.

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.


Who are the facilitator trainings for?

I’m a student; can I really come on my own?

You really can! However, we recommend that you try to connect with other students and staff at your school and get them on board. Even if no one else can attend, your school may be able to fund you!

Why aren’t middle school students invited?

We believe that peer-to-peer education is extremely powerful, but have found that middle school groups are more effective when facilitated by adults.

Can elementary educators attend?

Not yet, sorry to say! We have a few resources for elementary age students (email us if you’re interested in a video and a few lesson plans for grades K-3), and over the next few years we will be fleshing out our curriculum for grades K-5. We know The Body Positive is desperately needed in elementary schools as true prevention work.

I’m not sure about attending a training, but I’m interested in bringing someone from The Body Positive to speak at my school. Do you do that?

We are available for hire to speak at your school, but we think it’s a much better investment to get trained. Having people on campus who can deliver our curriculum on a daily basis is what truly transforms people’s lives.


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 attended by thousands of people.

Our trainings get rave reviews, year after year. We believe you’ll be positively transformed forever by the experience of attending a Facilitator Training.

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 student quoted below was in a Body Positive club that was facilitated by high school student leaders trained by us.

“This club has particularly affected me for the better ever since I stepped into my first meeting. Not only have I been able to meet people I would have never otherwise met, this club has also dramatically helped me grow and strengthen my relationship with my body. In the beginning of freshman year I felt overwhelmingly vulnerable and insecure, as many do. I felt myself turning toward an eating disorder as a way to cope, and it was the Body Positive club that helped me move past that and get through a very rough time in my life.

“When you join The Body Positive movement, you find a confidence and strength within yourself that is naturally in every one of us. I believe everyone should have equal and accessible opportunities and resources to have the experience of finding this.

— High school student, Body Positive group member

If what you’ve read has struck a cord, the time is now. Please join us at an upcoming Body Positive Facilitator Training.

With love and gratitude,

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