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Timberline Knolls

September 23, 2014 09:30 ET

New Online Training Course for Clinicians Working With Individuals With Eating Disorders

The Body Positive: A New Approach to Treating Eating Disorders

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - September 23, 2014) - How can treatment providers both deeply respect the dignity of their clients while simultaneously encouraging them to abandon destructive behaviors and beliefs so they can get well? How do clinicians help their clients relate to their bodies with mercy and understanding? The new Body Positive Psychotherapy online course launching September 2014, gives clinicians cutting-edge tools to help their clients gain ownership of their bodies by consistently empowering them to listen to and trust their own internal wisdom. This online course is sponsored by Timberline Knolls, a leading residential treatment center for women and adolescent girls struggling with eating disorders, addiction, trauma, mood and co-occurring disorders.

"We have developed an intuitive, whole-person model that promotes resiliency against eating and body image issues and improves the health of individuals of all sizes through the development of positive, sustainable self-care behaviors motivated by self love," said Elizabeth Scott, LCSW, creator of the Body Positive online course, and a psychotherapist with a specialty in eating disorders treatment.

Scott is also the co-director of The Body Positive, an eating disorders prevention non-profit organization she co-founded with Connie Sobczak. Over the past 18 years, Sobczak and Scott have refined their Be Body Positive Model, offering a unique approach to both the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. In addition, The Body Positive's new book, Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!), brings their model to life.

In this 10 CEU online course, clinicians read Embody and then complete a five-hour online training program composed of video and text tutorials that explore the five competencies of the Be Body Positive Model. Through this course, treatment providers will become equipped with vibrant, practical tools to help their clients understand their bodies' physiology, pay closer attention to their eating behaviors, replace weight loss-motivated exercise with health-oriented movement, and compassionately transform their critical voices into supportive allies. 

Additionally, clinicians learn an empowering approach to address their clients' beliefs about beauty and health that underlie their body-hatred, the importance of positively re-imagining their own beauty, and how to create community that supports their recovery. With these resources, clients can discoverer what makes them feel vibrant and alive in their bodies. Ultimately, this fosters a belief in themselves that is central to all therapeutic endeavors.

This course is appropriate for any member of a treatment team that works with individuals with eating disorders, including social workers, counselors, dietitians, nurses, psychiatrists, and psychologists. At this time, 10 CEU hours are available for MFTs and LCSWs through the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners. 

For those interested taking this online course, please contact The Body Positive at

About The Body Positive:

The Body Positive was founded as a non-profit organization in 1996 to prevent eating disorders by teaching youth and adults to experience self-love, inhabit their unique beauty, and listen to the voice of wisdom within to guide sustainable, joyful self-care. Ultimately, the work is about freeing all people to pursue their life purpose and passions. When someone becomes physically and emotionally healthier by letting go of body dissatisfaction and eating problems, they know their true value and use their vital resources of time, energy, and brainpower -- once devoted to perfecting physical image and feeding self-hatred -- to making positive changes in their own lives and in the world. For more information, visit

About Timberline Knolls:

Timberline Knolls is a leading private residential treatment center for women and adolescent girls (ages 12 - 65+) with eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, mood and co-occurring disorders. Located in suburban Chicago, residents receive excellent clinical care from a highly trained professional staff on a picturesque 43-acre wooded campus. Women and families seeking Christian treatment can opt for specialized Christian-based therapy. For more information on Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, call us at 877.257.9611. We are also on Facebook -- Timberline Knolls, and Twitter -- Timberline Knolls.  

About Elizabeth Scott, LCSW:  

Elizabeth Scott has been practicing psychotherapy in Marin County California for 25 years, specializing in eating disorders treatment. She co-founded The Body Positive, a nonprofit organization that creatively addresses society's disordered messages about food, beauty, and exercise. She co-created multiple videos and guidebooks for The Body Positive's school-based prevention work, as well as the premiere video project for the organization's online campaign This Is Beauty ( Scott has trained hundreds of students and staff from middle school through college to lead Body Positive programs on their campuses. The organization's college prevention program is currently being researched at Stanford University. Additionally, Scott trains eating disorders treatment professionals in all levels of care. Her experiences as a Body Positive psychotherapist are featured in The Body Positive's recently released book, Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and quiet that critical voice!).

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