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ACT for Eating and Body Image Concerns: Help Clients Drop the Rope in their Tug of War with Food and Weight

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Diana Hill, PhD
6 Hours 29 Minutes
Dec 03, 2021
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Caught in a tug of war with food and weight, many clients presenting for therapy suffer in their battle with body image and eating.

Entangled in preoccupation about weight loss and feeling stuck in cycles of rigid dieting, the chaos of overeating, shame, and hopelessness clients present with negative self-worth, eating disorders, relationship problems, anxiety, or depression.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Watch Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) expert and author Diana Hill, Ph.D., to learn ACT—a fresh, modern and evidence-based approach—for treating eating and weight concerns.

In this experiential training, Dr. Hill will guide you through a new way of conceptualizing eating concerns as an attempt to control or avoid the discomfort of living. You’ll learn ACT practices to help clients build the superpower of psychological flexibility—the skill they need to stay present, open, and free to engage in what matters most to them, even in the face of life’s many obstacles.

Attend and learn…

  • Powerful strategies to motivate clients to choose a different path
  • Experiential exercises to increase acceptance, willingness, and allowing of difficult feelings and cravings
  • “Beginners mind” and “one-eye-in one-eye-out” to increase client’s contact with the present moment
  • How to apply cognitive defusion strategies with clients
  • “The attuned parent” strategy to increase client’s perspective taking and self-compassion
  • Values-based action plans to guide clients in taking committed action toward their values

Purchase today to begin your journey with helping clients let go of their struggle with food and weight and direct their energy toward building rich and meaningful lives!



This online program is worth 6.5 hours CPD.



Diana Hill, PhD's Profile

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Diana Hill, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and co-author of ACT Daily Journal: Get Unstuck and Live Fully with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She sees herself as a psychological flexibility guide, where she provides therapy, supervision, and online trainings to help people identify what matters to them and take action toward a meaningful life. As host of the popular podcast, Your Life in Process, Diana offers conversations and practical tools that integrate modern psychology with the wisdom of traditions and integrative health. Her work with eating and body image concerns integrates values clarification, acceptance and committed action toward meaningful goals. Through all Diana's teachings, she encourages clients to build psychological flexibility so that they can live more fulfilling lives. She has a knack for unpacking complex, science-based concepts and making them applicable to clinical practice and daily life.

Diana completed her pre-doctoral internship in the Eating Disorder Emphasis Area at UC Davis and her post-doctoral fellowship at La Luna Center Intensive Outpatient Program for eating disorders. She went on to serve as the clinical director of La Luna Center, where she helped develop an ACT-based group program. Diana completed her undergraduate work at UC Santa Barbara, majoring in Biopsychology, followed by a PhD in Clinical Psychology at CU Boulder where she collaborated with Stanford University to research mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches for eating disorders. She practices what she preaches as a mom of two, homesteader, and yoga teacher.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Diana Hill maintains a private practice and is a guest teacher for Insight LA Online Meditation Community. She is the co-host and co-founder of a podcast, Your Life in Process. She receives royalties as a published author, and she receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Diana Hill has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Hypothesize the role that control and experiential avoidance play in the development and maintenance of eating disorder behaviour.
  2. Demonstrate an experiential exercise to increase acceptance, willingness, and allowing of difficult feelings and cravings.
  3. Use strategies such as beginners mind and one-eye-in one-eye-out to increase client’s contact with the present moment.
  4. Distinguish the difference between cognitive restructuring and cognitive defusion and be able to apply cognitive defusion strategies with clients.
  5. Perform experiential practices such as “the attuned parent” to increase client’s perspective taking and self-compassion.
  6. Create clinical strategies such as the choice point model to increase values awareness.
  7. Employ clinical strategies such as values-based action plans to guide clients in taking committed action toward their values.


Why ACT for Eating and Weight Concerns?
A New Approach to an Old Problem

  • Latest research on ACT for eating disorders and weight concerns
  • Avoidance and control in the development and maintenance of chronic dieting and overeating
  • Metaphor to illustrate the paradox of control
  • Creative hopelessness to motivate clients to try something different
  • Psychological Flexibility (PF) as a new path

Being Present: Help Clients Live in the Now

  • How being present relates to eating and weight concerns
  • Shift clients from “doing something” about their body to “being in” their body
  • Cultivate beginner’s mind and one-eye-in, one-eye-out skills
  • Practices for embodied eating and embodied movement

Cognitive Defusion: Help Clients Get Space from their “News Feed”

  • A different approach to preoccupation with food and weight
  • The paradox of trying to control thoughts about eating and weight
  • A new metaphor for preoccupation with food and weight
  • Practices for food rules, shoulds, body comparison, and “what the heck” thoughts

Acceptance: Help Clients be Courageous, Willing and Open

  • What acceptance is and what it is not
  • How chronic dieting, preoccupation with food, emotional overeating, and over-exercise can serve as experiential avoidance strategies
  • How to use the experiential avoidance roundabout metaphor with clients
  • Practices for willingness and curiosity to expand clients’ window of flexibility

Perspective Taking: Help Clients Take in the View

  • How rigid self-stories about eating and weight limits flexibility and connection
  • How to identify when a client is stuck in a self-story
  • Practice flexible perspective taking with clients
  • Cultivate an “attuned parent’ perspective to increase self-compassion and wise responses with food and weight

Values: Help Clients Choose Direction

  • How values are defined in ACT
  • The role of values in motivating change
  • How to use the choice point model to increase awareness of values

Committed Action: Help Clients Fall on Purpose and Why it Matters

  • Uncover intrinsic motivation for change with values
  • Focus on action over outcome while working toward change
  • Behavioural science to support small, sustainable changes
  • Create values-based action plans

Integration: Practice putting it all together

  • Case examples
  • How to use the 6 core processes when clients are off track
  • The role of therapist PF in supporting client psychological flexibility
  • Limitations of research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Registered Dietitians & Dietetic Technicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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