Short course

Body Image in the Digital Age

Understand the negative and positive impact digital technologies can have on our body image.

Body Image in the Digital Age is a teacher training programme led by York St John University that aims to provide secondary school teachers and allied school-based professionals (e.g wellbeing leads, school-counsellors) with the knowledge and skills needed to combat adolescent body image issues in the digital age. Easy to implement individual lesson plans and teaching materials are provided.

  • Location – York campus or can be delivered for organisations offsite
  • Duration – One-day study day
  • Facilitators - Dr Beth Bell

Course Fees

    £95 For self-funded individuals

Course information

What will I learn?

Negative body image is so common amongst young people that it is now considered 'normal'. Body dissatisfaction, an important subtype of negative body image, is the single biggest predictor of disordered eating and other unhealthy body-shaping strategies (e.g. excessive exercise, cosmetic surgery). Although much work has been conducted to improve body image among young people, the emergence of social media and digital technologies in recent years has created new challenges.

Body Image in the Digital Age has been developed by Dr Beth Bell, a leading expert in adolescent body image concerns and digital technology use. Over the last decade she has designed and delivered school-based body image programmes that have benefitted adolescents from across the North of England as well as publishing widely on the topic.

Who is eligible to attend?

Secondary school teachers and allied school-based professionals (e.g wellbeing leads, school-counsellors) who require the knowledge and skills needed to combat adolescent body image issues in the digital age.

 

How will it benefit my work?

  • The one-day training programme will increase delegates' knowledge of the role of digital technologies (such as social media) in adolescent body image issues as well as the positive ways such technology can promote positive body image.
  • Practical guidance for facilitating whole school approaches to improving body image will be provided, as well as easy to implement individual lesson plans for all secondary school ages.
  • Upon completion of the one-day course, delegates will receive a certificate of participation, information pack and resources.

How to book

Fee paying places are £95 each. Contact theadvantage@yorksj.ac.uk for enquiries.

Course leader biographies

Dr Beth Bell

Learn more about Dr Beth Bell by visiting her staff profile.

The Advantage at York St John University

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