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First Friday Forum: Acceptance Based Approaches for Weight Stigma and Client Weight Concerns
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Campus – Founders Hall Auditorium
700 E 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
Friday, May 03, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST
Category: First Friday Forums

Acceptance Based Approaches for Weight Stigma and Client Weight Concerns

Friday, May 3, 2019

Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Friday Forums are cosponsored with the Metropolitan State University Psychology Department.

About the Program

Clients often present with weight concerns and related distress (e.g., depression, eating disorders, body image concerns, stigma) which are not effectively treated with behavioral weight loss. Largerbodied clients with these concerns are also often exposed to antifat stigma, causing further mental, physical, and social challenges. Self-acceptance-based treatments are emerging to enhance clients’ mental and physical health and address weight stigma without focusing on weight loss. Participants learn the need, for an evidence, supporting acceptance-based approaches to weight concerns, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Health At Every Size (HAES®), as well as an integrative psychotherapy, Accept Yourself! which combines ACT and HAES to enhance the mental and physical health of psychologically distressed obese women.

This session is at the intermediate level and is designed for psychologists and other mental health professionals.

This session qualifies for 3.0 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 3-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe and challenge stereotypes about current research on behavioral weight loss interventions, healthful eating approaches, and the health effects of obesity.
  2. Summarize current research on anti-fat stigma and discrimination and provide a rationale for a non-weight-loss approach to health for weight-concerned clients.
  3. Describe non-weight-loss self-acceptance approaches to mental and physical wellness and weight management for clients with weight concerns.

About the Presenter:

Margit I. Berman, Ph.D., LP, has a Ph.D. in counseling and social psychology from the University of Minnesota. She is currently assistant professor of psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and was an associate professor of clinical psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She was a recipient of the 2015 Hitchcock Foundation Scholars Career Development award for her research and development of the Accept Yourself! intervention for women with obesity and depression. She is a feminist cognitive-behavioral therapist who trains clinicians in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and self-acceptance based interventions throughout the US. She authored the self-help workbook and clinician manual for Accept Yourself!

Margit I. Berman, Ph.D., LP reports the following conflicts: Publication of two books describing the Accept Yourself! approach, authoring these books and receiving $2000 publication advance.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact the Metropolitan State University Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549, or [email protected]

To Register:

Click here to register online.

Click here for a PDF Registration Form and Flyer.

Walk-up registrations are welcome the day of, but pre-registration is preferred.

Pricing MPA Member Non-Member Student
Early Bird Registration - Register by April 26 $45 $65 $15
Regular Registration - Register after April 26 $55 $75 $25


Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling free, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. Transfer of fee to another program is granted if written cancellation notice is received at least one day before the program. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.

Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.