What is The Body Project?
The Body Project is a peer led body acceptance based intervention that was designed to help adolescent girls and young women resist sociocultural pressures to conform to the thin-ideal and reduce their pursuit of thinness. The conceptual basis for The Body Project is that if girls and young women voluntarily argue against the thin ideal, this will result in a reduced subscription to this ideal - thus decreasing risk for eating disorders, disordered eating patterns and negative body image.
The intervention program follows a 2 x 2 format – two, two-hour sessions, with one week between the two sessions. It involves a series of verbal, written, and behavioural exercises in which participants learn to question and critique the thin ideal.
What would be my role?
We are recruiting six peer leaders who are passionate about health promotion and mental health prevention, specifically in the area of eating disorders, disordered eating and body image. The six selected peer leaders will participate in a two day training, along with four Campus Wellness staff members. The training will equip them with the skills to facilitate The Body Project on our campus with students who could benefit from participating in the intervention. These students will be both self-referred and referred to the program by professionals on campus. We envision that each trained peer leader will facilitate the 2 x 2 intervention program outlined above once per term (in collaboration with another trained peer leader). Each peer led offering of The Body Project would be open to 8-10 student participants. Trained peer leaders will receive support, supervision and guidance from Campus Wellness staff (Counselling Services, Health Promotion).
Expectations of peer leaders
The Body Project is a minimum one year requested commitment, during which you are required to:
- Attend the mandatory 2-day training on Friday, September 29th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 30th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided both days
- Facilitate The Body Project workshops during Fall 2017, Winter 2018 and Spring 2018. Exceptions to this expectation can be made if you are not on campus due to co-op responsibilities.
- Attend short bi-weekly meetings with your assigned supervisor to plan your Body Project sessions. The frequency of meetings may change depending on the planning of and timing for sessions.
Fill out the application form today to apply.