At Peace with Food and Body Image- Mental Health Series

April 3rd, 2020

At Peace with Food and Body Image

Eating disorders (ED) and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) affect over 40 million males and females in the U.S.  Most of these conditions begin in adolescence.  Prevalence of these problems are increasing, particularly in younger populations.  This presentation will discuss symptoms of ED and BDD, as well as biological, psychological, and socio-cultural and media influences on body image.  There will be attention placed on addressing these problems in a diversity of groups (gender, ethnicity, sexual minority status, socio-economic groups, athletes, etc).  Treatment interventions will be discussed, as well as ways to promote healthy body image in young people. Many youth and adults have relationships with food that are marked by frustration and disappointment. Becoming at peace with food is a journey that involves developing a relationship with the food you eat and establishing food as one of the many activities in your life that is pleasurable.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Location: Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School, Danvers

8:15 am – 8:45 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 am – 2:30 pm Conference

Cost: Free for members || $100/nonmembers




  • Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D., Lecturer in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
  • Leann Simons, M.S., R.D.N., Adjunct Professor, Bentley University & Boston College, Author


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PDPs and CEUs
PDPs are offered for all MPY professional development conferences. PDPs are issued for a minimum of 10 hours through attending two conferences. In order to facilitate awarding PDPs, we will be issuing PDPs under the heading of Mental Health and Safety Conferences. Any combination of conferences an individual attends will be used to accumulate PDPs. They will not have to be linked, as previously required.
PDPs certificates will be issued at the end of the school year for all MPY conferences an individual attends during this school year. PDPs can only be issued to participants who have attended the conferences and submitted the appropriate paperwork. PDP certificates will be emailed to attendees.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff, upon approval from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). Approval is granted by the NASW and MaMHCA separately for each conference. Conference participants may request CEUs by filling out the appropriate paperwork at MPY conferences. CEUs are given at Mental Health Series conferences in a minimum of 5 hours. They do not need to be combined with other conferences. 

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