Eating Disorder and Obesity Prevention Facilitator Course
ACFED are proud to offer this facilitator training course with the permission of Dr Eric Stice at the Oregon Research Institute. The two interventions covered in our two-day course 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 course is suitable for anyone who would like to be able to facilitate groups of young people (the research was primarily conducted with females aged 13-19) and offer interventions which demonstrate a significant reduction in risk for eating disorder and obesity onset. The interventions also show decreases in thin-ideal internalization, body dissatisfaction and psychosocial impairments.
You will receive:
Fully scripted session plans, all printed handouts, and powerpoint presentations, so that you will be equipped to start to facilitate either or both of the following intervention courses.
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 over 2-yr follow-up.
The Body Project: A 4 week (one hour per week) eating disorder prevention program which reduces thin-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 obesity, results in improved psychosocial functioning, and reduces mental health care utilisation.
Please note that this course is a ‘Train the Trainer’ type course and not part of our ACFED Approved Practitioner Program.
However, participants can choose to be listed on the ACFED website as ACFED 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, Psychological Approaches to Obesity and Nutritional interventions for Eating Disorders and Obesity, we do advise that there is no evidence that men will achieve the anticipated outcomes when facilitating the Eating Disorder and Obesity Prevention 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.