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Decolonizing the Perspective of Health & Food Within Mental Health: The Impact on Clinical Care


Course Description:
When clients come to us for support with emotional and mental health concerns stemming from issues with their health, body size, weight, and/or relationship with food, how are you approaching the work? Is your framework unbiased and inclusive? As mental health clinicians, it is important for us to do our work to understand the inherent fatphobia and biases that exist within frameworks aimed at addressing issues related to health, body size, weight, and food behaviors. in this talk, we will discuss how addressing our own biases can inform more inclusive mental health care.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will recognize 2-3 ways in which biases and traditional frameworks might impact the therapeutic process and relationship.
  • Attendees will be able to label the 3 components from the Food Relationship framework.
  • Attendees will be able to list 1-2 resources to help them learn more about the history of diet culture and better understand how to adopt an inclusive approach to their work around body, health, weight, and food relationship.
  • Attendees will be able to identify 2-3 areas where traditional therapy frameworks can be adapted to be more inclusive when working with clients presenting from traumas related to body shaming, fatphobia, food deserts/food insecurity, etc.


  • Dr. Ebony Butler, Ph.D.

    Ebony Butler, PhD is a Licensed Psychologist, Food Relationship Strategist, and author of Food is Not BAE. Dr. Butler has made it her mission to help women of color heal and thrive in the areas of trauma, including racial trauma and recovering from trauma experienced through diet culture. Dr. Ebony works alongside women to help them develop skills that increase their relationships with others, themselves, and their bodies. Aligning with her passion to break through barriers that make it difficult for Black people and other people of color to access quality mental health care, Dr. Ebony created My Therapy CardsĀ®, the first-ever self-exploration card deck for Black women and other women of color. Since its launch in May 2020, Dr. Ebony has expanded the card deck to include a Teen Edition and Men's Edition.

May 20, 2022
Fri 9:30 AM PDT
UCLA Luskin Conference Center 425 Westwood Plaza Los Angeles, CA 920095

Duration 1H 30M

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