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DATE: Thursday, July 18, 2024
Sizing Up Our Clients: Body Bias in Therapy


Date: Thursday, July 18, 2024

Time: 11:30a-1:00p

Location: Live Webinar

Credits: 1.5 CEUs (NYSED LMSWs, LCSWs, LMHCs, LMFTs, Psychologists)

Instructor: Laura Westmoreland, LMFT

Cost: $25 Individual Rate, $10 Early Bird (by 7/10/24)  





As therapists, we receive diversity and cultural awareness training on topics related to religion, gender identity, and ethnicity. Current training is silent on body diversity. In this workshop we will explore how we size up our clients with our body biases. Are we, unknowingly, causing harm to our clients who live in larger bodies? Let’s examine the conflation of health with body size, the adoption of BMI as an indicator of health, and the subsequent impacts of weight stigma. We will explore how weight-inclusivity can promote overall wellbeing.


The presentation is in service to the diverse, intersectional identities of individuals who seek therapy. Further, it acknowledges the privilege that some identities hold whilst examining the biases of these identities. The presenter will foster an environment of respect and inclusion. The presentation will examine disparities in treatment, while addressing unjust practices that harm those with marginalized identities.


The workshop is suitable for all levels of clinicians. The workshop is designed to encourage open conversations about the biases that we hold about body shape and weight, how those biases can influence our responses to clients who express dissatisfaction with their body, and if we are unknowingly causing harm with our responses. The goals are to increase awareness of the impacts of weight stigma and encourage weight inclusivity when working with clients in larger bodies.


At the end of the workshop attendees will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an awareness of their biases around weight, shape, and size.


2. Explain 3 effects of weight stigma.


3. Identify 2 ways to create a weight-inclusive practice.

Presenter: Laura Westmoreland, LMFT

Laura Westmoreland, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, provides telehealth counseling in California. She brings an interdisciplinary approach to her work with clients. She also provides clinical supervision to pre-licensed Associates and mentors newly licensed therapists.


Laura is currently a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology. In 2015, she graduated with an MA in Counseling Psychology. She also holds an MBA from Lindenwood University.


She has been featured on the following podcasts:  The Modern Therapists' Survival Guide, Dietitians Unplugged, and The Body Image Podcast.


She has presented at Rose City Center (Pasadena, CA), Center for Discovery (Beverly Hills), The Braving Body Shame Conference (virtual), the CAMFT 2023 Annual Conference, and at the 2023 Spring Conference of the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (SPPP). In April 2024, she joined esteemed colleagues for a panel discussion, “Disciplining the Out-of-Control Body: Fitting the Body in Psychoanalysis”, at the SPPP Spring Conference.

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