The love/hate relationship that adolescents often have with their bodies is a critical and challenging aspect of their psychological well-being. This workshop delves into the intricate dynamics surrounding this phenomenon, including its links to eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and self-injury. In this workshop, licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders will be able to examine some of the risk factors for adolescents developing eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and non-suicidal self-injury, which include evaluating how a client is thinking about societal pressures and media ideals. Participants will discuss how this exacerbated negative body image perceptions often results in self-esteem issues, which can contribute to the development of eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating, as an attempt to regain control over their bodies… while others experience body dysmorphia, a distorted self-image that leads to distressing preoccupations with perceived flaws. For some teens, self-injury serves as a coping mechanism to manage emotional turmoil stemming from these struggles. Understanding this love/hate relationship is crucial for licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders to provide appropriate support, early intervention, and promote body positivity to help adolescents navigate these complex emotional challenges.
1. Describe the multifaceted love/hate relationship that adolescents often have with their bodies, including the societal and psychological factors that contribute to negative body image, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and self-injury.
2. Recognize the early warning signs and risk factors associated with eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and self-injury in teenagers and develop education resources for adolescents under their care, allowing for early intervention and support.
3. Develop intervention strategies and tools for promoting positive body image and emotional resilience in teenagers.