Body Image and Dissatisfaction: Theories and Cultural Considerations


About the Course
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. 

Counselors will receive 3 credit hours upon successfully completing this course.

Learning 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. 

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri Healthcare, LLC not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
©2019: All Rights Reserved. Materials may not be reproduced without the expressed written permission or consent of Colibri Healthcare, LLC. The materials presented in this course are meant to provide the consumer with general information on the topics covered. The information provided was prepared by professionals with practical knowledge of the areas covered. It is not meant to provide medical, legal, or professional advice. Colibri Healthcare, LLC recommends that you consult a medical, legal, or professional services expert licensed in your state. Colibri Healthcare, LLC has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all content provided in this course is accurate and up to date at the time of printing, but does not represent or warrant that it will apply to your situation nor circumstances and assumes no liability from reliance on these materials. Quotes are collected from customer feedback surveys. The models are intended to be representative and not actual customers.