Acceptance Based Approaches for Obesity and Client Weight Concerns


This is a virtual event, accessible online. Access instructions will be provided after registration.


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. Self-acceptance-based treatments are emerging to enhance clients' mental and physical health without focusing on weight loss. In this workshop, participants will learn about the need for and 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. Original webcast date: September 21, 2018.

Learning Objective 1
Challenge stereotypes about current research on behavioral weight loss interventions, healthful eating approaches, and the health effects of obesity.

Learning Objective 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.

Learning Objective 3
Describe and apply non-weight-loss self-acceptance approaches to mental and physical wellness and weight management for clients with weight concerns.


Margit I. Berman, PhD

Dr. Berman is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and associate professor of clinical psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She won a 2015 Hitchcock Foundation Scholars Career Development Award for research and development of the Accept Yourself! intervention. She trains clinicians nationwide in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and acceptance-based approaches for eating disorders and weight management. She is past-chair of Division 17’s Section for the Promotion of Psychotherapy Science. Her client self-help workbook and clinician manual for Accept Yourself! are forthcoming from Routledge Press in 2018.

Continuing Education

3.0 CE
Practice Areas:
Clinical Psychology; Health Psychology
Production Date:


Price: $80.00

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