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  • Psychology
  • Social Work
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Sara E. Pula, PhD, NCC, LCPC, ACS
Peer Reviewer(s): Lauren McLean, PhD, Med
Item#: B4251
Contents: 1 Course Book (80 pages)

Body Image and Dissatisfaction: Theories and Cultural Considerations

Price $29.95
Item # B4251
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: November 29, 2018

Expiration Date: November 30, 2021

The past two decades have seen a marked increase of interest in body image. This intermediate-level course provides an overview of the complexities of body image and body dissatisfaction for a broad range of populations. This course reviews theoretical foundations of how cultural beauty ideals are transmitted. Through case examples and a review of research, it addresses the internalization of beauty messages in the media, the difference between body dissatisfaction and eating disorders, the relationship between a negative body image and mental health, and the potential progression from negative body image into a clinical eating disorder.

  • Social Workers participating in this course will receive 3 (clinical) continuing education clock hours upon successful course completion. Accreditations
  • Psychologists will receive 3 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. APA Approval

Course Objectives

  • Describe terms, prevalence, and cultural factors related to body image and body dissatisfaction.
  • Explain the theories that address body image and body dissatisfaction.
  • Identify the effects of negative body image on an individual’s well-being, including mental health.
  • Describe standard assessment scales for measuring body image and body dissatisfaction and treatment methods.

Sara E. Pula, PhD, NCC, LCPC, ACS, is a locally recognized expert in the field of body image and body dis­satisfaction, particularly regarding females in adolescence and early adulthood. She has worked in the field for more than 20 years, creating a group counseling curriculum, guest lecturing, and presenting at professional con­ferences on a national and local level. She is the author of “Understanding the Relationship between Culture and Body Image: How Do Asian American and Hispanic American Women Construct a Body Image?” In addition to serving as the director of clinical training at Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC, Dr. Pula teaches counseling content courses and supervises clinical training. Dr. Pula trains students on eating disorder and body image assessments and facilitates campus-wide body image and eating disorder screenings. She sits on the Anne Arundel County Social Services Advisory Board, chairs the Emerging Leaders Committee for the Maryland Counseling Association, and sits on the National Capital Area Consortium on Traumatic Death and Restoration Committee. Dr. Pula received her master’s degree in School Counseling from the George Washington University in 2002 and her doctoral degree in Counseling Education and Supervision from the George Washington University in 2014. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland and an Approved Clinical Supervisor.

Lauren McLean, PhD, MEd, is an assistant professor at Bellevue University and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. She has a PhD in Counselor Education from Sam Houston State University, an MA in Counseling from Sam Houston State University, an MEd in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia, and a BS in Psychology from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She is also a certified provider of cognitive-processing therapy. Lauren has worked in the mental health field for 12 years. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in residential treatment centers, community mental health clinics, domestic violence services, outpatient clinics, and the public school system. She has researched and published in the areas of women’s mental health, body image issues, and sexuality. Her most recent publications have focused on resiliency factors against body image issues, incorporating Adlerian and feminist theory to address self-objectification in couples’ therapy, and the role of body image in women’s relationship, sexual, and life satisfaction.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.