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Presented by Linda Bacon, PhD and Lucy Aphramor, PhD, RD

June 25th – 29th, 2014, 9am – 5pm

University of Washington Masonic Ballroom, 4338 University Way NE, Seattle, WA

All types of health care professionals and HAES advocates, at all levels are invited to attend.

The liberating message of Health at Every Size® is a unique approach to self-care and social justice. And the 5-day HAES-Facilitator Training is like no other workshop in empowering its participants to share (and experience!) transformative ideas. Join HAES experts Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor to explore, understand, and effectively practice this life-changing way to help clients reclaim their bodies and live life more fully.

Are your clients frightened of food, weary of advice, feeling helpless to change the future? Are you seeking new ways to be with them and foster hope, confidence and self-care?

Health at Every Size and the HAES Facilitator Training Workshop address those needs. Whether you work independently, for a small clinic or a large hospital, you will come away from this workshop energized and equipped to share HAES theory with clients and colleagues through methods that are:

  • grounded in self-discovery
  • powered by data and experience showing that all people can live healthy or healthier lives in the bodies they’re in, and built on self-nurturing as the basis for how we eat, exercise, and regard our bodies
  • committed to advancing social justice through politicizing health and body hatred

This intensive, interactive training with Linda and Lucy will prepare you to motivate patients and clients with the powerful message that it’s okay to care for oneself, enjoy food again, and rediscover pleasure in our bodies, no matter how they’re shaped. As a trained HAES facilitator, you’ll have the education, knowledge, and confidence to inspire clients to respect themselves and pursue nourishing relationships.

Through their trainings, talks and writings – including peer-reviewed articles, the best-selling Health at Every Size book, and the soon-to-be-published Eat Well guide to nutrition – Linda and Lucy have brought these empowering messages to thousands and have directly helped hundreds of individuals to transition from weight-hate to body appreciation and from powerlessness to empowerment.

Expect a fun, exciting and transformative 5 days that will progress from self-discovery and internal growth to being able to inspire that in others. Empower clients to enjoy food and movement and develop nourishing relationships.

Linda and Lucy demonstrate how to go beyond HAES as a self-help strategy and harness its transformative agenda in this unique workshop as they

  • teach HAES principles
  • use whole body learning
  • help you engage and inspire group members
  • teach you how to incorporate key principles of compassion, empowerment and a relational world view into group work
  • show you how to integrate data on social determinants of health into your work with clients
  • inspire ideas for group activities encouraging critical thinking
  • develop your confidence and presence
  • develop community that can support you beyond the workshop and much more!

Event cost:   $600, students $400.

Well Now Licensing Option:  Participants who complete this training will also be eligible for becoming licensed Well Now facilitators.  Well Now is an 8-week HAES course developed and evaluated by Dr. Aphramor.  As a licensed facilitator you will have access to the curriculum, hand-outs, visual aids, group exercises and evaluations.  The reduced licensing fee option for attendees is $199.

Read more about the presenters.

Read Dr. Bacon’s financial disclosure.

31 CPEUs for Registered Dietitians have been pre-approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

31 CE credits for LMFTs, LICSWs, LASWs, LMHCs, and associate level practitioners have been approved by the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

This course has been approved by the Washington State Psychological Association as meeting the criteria for 31 total hours of Psychologist Continuing Education Credits. The Washington State Psychological Association (WSPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. WSPA maintains responsibility for the program and its contents. Workshops offered by WSPA are recognized continuing education activities under the rules adopted by the Washington State Examining Board of Psychology and the Licensed Counselors Advisory Committee.  WSPA maintains responsibility for the program and its contents.

Feel free to contact us with any questions!

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations received prior to April 30, 2014 will receive a refund less a $150 cancellation fee. Cancellations received on or after April 30, 2014 will receive a refund less a $300 cancellation fee. There will be no cancellations issued after May 15, 2014. All requests for refunds must be submitted in writing to Opal: Food+Body Wisdom 1100 NE 45th St, Ste 600 Seattle, WA 98105.

Travel and Lodging Information

By Plane

The closest airport is Seatac International Airport (SEA), located approximately 30 minutes south of Seattle.  Car rentals and public transportation are available from Seatac.


Nearby hotels include:

The Silver Cloud Inn University District also offers a complimentary shuttle from the hotel to the event site.

Travelodge Seattle University, 4725 25th Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105, (206) 525-4612

Hotel Deca, 4507 Brooklyn Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105, (206) 634-2000

Watertown Seattle, 4242 Roosevelt Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105, (206) 826-4242

University Inn, 4140 Roosevelt Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105, (206) 632-5055

College Inn, 4000 University Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98115, (206) 633-4441

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