Eating Disorder and Obesity Prevention Facilitator/Trainer Course

ACFED are proud to offer this course with the permission of Dr Eric Stice at the Oregon Research Institute.  The two interventions covered in our two-day course: Body Project & Project Health, have been developed and used at Stanford University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Oregon Research Institute.  The interventions are the outgrowth of a 16-year program of research on the risk factors for eating disorders by Dr Stice’s research team.

The Body Project: A 4 week (one hour per week) eating disorder prevention program which reduces appearance-ideal internalisation, body dissatisfaction, negative mood, unhealthy dieting, and eating disorder symptoms.  This intervention has also been found to reduce risk for future eating disorders.  In addition, there is evidence that the Body Project intervention reduces the risk for future onset of obesity, results in improved psychosocial functioning, and reduces mental health care utilisation.

Project health: A 6 week (one hour per week) intervention which promotes healthy, lasting, lifestyle changes to dietary intake and activity. Project Health produced a 66% reduction in future eating disorder onset at 2-yr follow-up.

Learn to be a Facilitator (level one)

The facilitator course is suitable for anyone who would like to be able to facilitate groups the Body Project & Project Health with young people (the research was primarily conducted with females aged 13-19) and offer interventions which demonstrate a significant reduction in risk for eating disorder and obesity onset. The interventions also show decreases in appearance-ideal internalisation, body dissatisfaction and psychosocial impairments.

During the course you will have practice hosting and participating in mock group sessions. There is also a requirement to complete a pre-course task and to complete overnight homework.

Learn to be a Trainer (level two)

People who have already trained as a facilitator can come back and learn to be a Trainer of facilitators. These facilitation Trainers will observe, provide feedback and practice coaching facilitators. They will also time keep, answer questions and help organise the running of the test group. We will limit the numbers to only 2 Trainers per course, so you will get plenty of practice being in charge!

This will give you practice at running training sessions and answering questions that are likely to arise from these sessions. It also gives you space to observe the dynamics of the groups and assures continuity of training for future facilitators.

After completing the Body Project & Project Health train the trainer course, you can go ahead and train as many facilitators as you want to using the materials ACFED provide. You will also be listed as a Body Project & Project Health Trainer on the website.

All participants receive:

Fully scripted session plans and all printed handouts, so that you will be equipped to start to facilitate either the Body Project and/or Project Health intervention courses.

Please note that this course is not part of our ACFED Approved Practitioner Program.

However, participants can choose to be listed on the ACFED website as ACFED Prevention Facilitators.
The course is ideal for school and college counsellors, youth workers, social workers, private practitioners who work with adolescents and those in community education.

Men please note: The research that supports the prevention course has been conducted with adolescent girls and young women aged 14-19 years old. The trials were also conducted using female clinicians and female peer leaders as facilitators.
Although we actively encourage male health professionals to join us for Eating Disorder Essentials, Comprehensive Non-Diet Approach for Clients with Weight Concerns and Practical Skills, we do advise that there is no evidence that men will achieve the anticipated outcomes when facilitating the Eating Disorder and Obesity Prevention course. A male facilitator leading a group of females, or even leading a mixed gender group, may result in a different dynamic which is currently untested.