Psychology: Body Image and Dissatisfaction: Theories and Cultural Considerations

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About Course

Release Date: November 26, 2018
Expiration Date: November 30, 2023

The past two decades have seen a marked increase of interest in body image. This intermediate-level course provides an overview of the complexities of body image and body dissatisfaction for a broad range of populations. This course reviews theoretical foundations of how cultural beauty ideals are transmitted. Through case examples and a review of research, it addresses the internalization of beauty messages in the media, the difference between body dissatisfaction and eating disorders, the relationship between a negative body image and mental health, and the potential progression from negative body image into a clinical eating disorder.

Social Workers completing this course receive 3 clinical social work continuing education credits. 

Psychologists will receive 3 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. 

Course Objectives

  • Describe terms, prevalence, and cultural factors related to body image and body dissatisfaction.
  • Explain the theories that address body image and body dissatisfaction.
  • Identify the effects of negative body image on an individual's well-being, including mental health.
  • Describe standard assessment scales for measuring body image and body dissatisfaction and treatment methods.

About the Author

Sara E. Pula, PhD, NCC, LCPC, ACS, is a locally recognized expert in the field of body image and body dissatisfaction, particularly regarding females in adolescence and early adulthood. She has worked in the field for more than 20 years, creating a group counseling curriculum, guest lecturing, and presenting at professional conferences on a national and local level. Dr. Pula received her master's degree in School Counseling from the George Washington University in 2002 and her doctoral degree in Counseling Education and Supervision from the George Washington University in 2014. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland and an Approved Clinical Supervisor.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Elite Healthcare ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite Healthcare's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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