Yes! For information on Body Project facilitator trainings and costs, please visit the Body Project Collaborative website: www.BodyProjectCollaborative.com
The Body Project Collaborative was formed in 2012 by Dr.'s Eric Stice and Carolyn Becker to create new training opportunities for people interested in facilitating the Body Project.
This intervention has been successfully implemented by a variety of individuals with varying levels of clinical training. The ideal group leader candidate can be male or female, and is familiar with dissonance theory, has an understanding of the socio-cultural pressures to be thin that affect women in our culture, and possesses basic therapeutic and empathy skills. Group leaders should carefully read this manual and practice each activity before leading a group, and should be comfortable managing sessions effectively so that material is covered and sessions stay on track. Being able to tactfully interrupt particularly talkative individuals so the group can stay on track is also an important skill.
There are four 1-hour sessions conducted over consecutive weeks. In addition, participants are asked to complete brief between session homework assignments. For facilitators who have scheduling difficulties conducting 60-minute groups, a version of the Body Project presenting the same material over six 45-minute sessions is also provided. The content is almost identical, with the exception that the six session version contains more home exercises.
In general, administrators are most receptive to offering these programs when it is demonstrated that research supports a beneficial effect of the intervention for participants, that the implementation of these programs do not interfere with regular school activities, and that it does not require any additional burden on administrative staff.
School wide screenings can be used, although self-selection is best to identify students with body image concerns who are interested in a body acceptance intervention. Getting the word out and making sure potential participants know of the program is key. Mass mailings and follow-up mailings are by far the most effective recruitment approach. Making announcements in schools, over the intercom or through teachers or other school professionals (nurses or counselors) is also helpful, as well as using flyers to generate awareness. Making the program sound fun and inviting will also increase interest. Making the program convenient for participants, such as, conducting groups on campus and after school, will increase the likelihood participants can attend.
Those who are interested in conducting Body Project groups are encouraged to register for full access to the site. The secure area contains videos of previous group facilitator trainings and mock group segments, additional documents for conducting groups (e.g., recruitment materials, brief assessment surveys, supervision rating forms), guidelines and suggestions for successfully implementing the program, additional FAQ, and a forum for users to post questions and share information.