A Drop-in Series offered by the CAPS Eating Concerns Team

Our drop-in workshop series that focuses on body image and eating concerns will begin during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, February 24-March 2. Descriptions for each workshop are listed below, including meeting times. All sessions, unless noted otherwise, meet at CAPS. Please feel free to come to any of the sessions listed here that are relevant to you.

Please note that some sessions are geared toward specific communities and identities. To register for a workshop, simply click on the registration link in the description of the session below. Feel free to register for as many sessions as are relevant to you and as you would like.

If you have any questions about this series, please contact Jeannine Cicco Barker.

Note: In order to ensure the safety and confidentiality of all attendees, we do not allow student observers in these sessions. If you have come to observe sessions or attend for fulfillment of class obligations, you will be politely asked to leave. Thank you for your understanding and respect of these spaces.

1) Body Love for Women and Femmes of Color

Our first Spring session of this drop-in circle will be on Wednesday, February 27th from 5:30-6:30pm, at the Penn Women’s Center on Locust Walk. For more information about this once-monthly series, please visit our Body Love page (below).

Led by Jeannine Cicco Barker, Batsi Bvunzawabaya, & Julien Almonte

For: anyone who identifies as a woman, womxn, femme, or female-aligned person of color. Click here for more information on this series.

2) Food and Feelings:  Addressing Emotional Eating

Monday, March 11, 2019 from 12pm-1:15pm

Do you find that your relationship with food and body image is influenced by your mood? Are you someone who eats mindlessly, or eats less, when feeling stressed, lonely, bored or sad? Come to this interactive workshop to learn about the connection between food and feelings and identify healthy coping skills. All bodies welcome!

Led by Valeriya Spektor and Jeannine Cicco Barker.

For: Everyone. Click here to register.

3) Gender and the Body:  A Workshop on Eating Concerns and Body Image for Trans and Non-Binary Students

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, from 5:30pm-6:30pm

Description: Join us for an information and support session geared toward individuals who identify as trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary to discuss concerns related to eating and body image.

Led by: Emmie Matsuno and Heather Frost

For: Anyone who identifies as trans, nonbinary, gender noncomforming. Click here to register

4) Showing Up:  How to Support Loved Ones With Eating Concerns

Thursday March 14, 2019, from 4:00pm-5:00pm

Education and skills to better support your friends and family with eating concerns.

Led by Arielle Cosgrove and Bramble Heidt

For: Everyone. Click here to register.

5) My Body:  Negotiating Masculinity, Body Image, and Cultural Ideals

Thursday March 21, 2019, From 6:00pm-7:00pm

Do you struggle obtaining what you think is the ideal male body? Where did that ideal come from? This discussion-based workshop will focus on concepts of masculinity and body image in relation to men’s social and cultural identities, and will introduce skills to better manage expectations and selfcriticism.

Led by: Ben Pierce, Yacob Tekie, and Soeun Park

For: Anyone who identifies as male or masculine. Click here to register.

6) When Food Becomes Foreign:  A Workshop for Immigrant and International Students

Friday, March 22, 2019, from 2pm-3pm

International and immigrant students who come to the US for any period of time are likely to encounter cultural differences in food and the experience of eating. In this interactive workshop, we will explore how the adjustment process to America can impact our relationship with food and with our bodies. In addition, we will discuss ways in which food relates to our mental health, emotional and social well-being, and our physical health

Led by: Young Hwa Kim and Julien Almonte

For: International students, students who are immigrants or migrants. Click here to register.

7) The EVERYbody Project

A special two-part session workshop series held at CAPS on:

Thursday, April 4, 2019, from 2:00pm-4:00pm and

Thursday, April 11, 2019, from 2:00pm-4:00pm

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This 2-part workshop series is focused on body image for everyone, and is aimed at helping people to challenge and resist the deep-rooted societal messages we receive about appearance, attractiveness and beauty, our bodies, and weight. This is an inclusive body image program that recognizes that eating and body image concerns affect everyone, regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, ability status, and size. We hope that you will join us for this exciting series that is open to EveryBody!

The EVERYbody Project was created by Anna Ciao, PhD, and the Eating and Body Image Research Lab at Western Washington University

Led by: Crystal Austin, Julien Almonte, and Nicole Nardone.

For: Everyone. Click here to register. Please note that this will be limited to 12 students.