Ethics, Social Justice and Weight Stigma

Friday, July 16 2021 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM [CDT]

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Friday, July 16 2021 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM [CDT]

Ethics, Social Justice and Weight Stigma

Presented by Nancy Ellis-Ordway, LCSW, PhD

*** This course meets the Ethics requirement for licensure renewal. ***

Increased stigma is an unanticipated consequence of the overwhelming and contradictory information about food, eating, weight and health. Weight stigma affects people of all sizes in ways that are personal, cultural, economic and social. As agents of social change, what is our responsibility to engage with this dynamic? How do we do so?

Participants will be able to:

  • Define the ways that weight stigma distracts from social determinants of health
  • Articulate the risks of focusing on weight loss and the benefits of questioning accepted assumptions.
  • Identify ways that weight stigma violates the NASW Code of Ethics
  • Describe responses that incorporate the values of the NASW Code of Ethics.

Nancy Ellis-Ordway, LCSW, PhD, is a psychotherapist with thirty-five years experience, specializing in treating eating disorders, body image issues, stress, anxiety, depression and relationship issues. She offers individual, couple, and family therapy through her private practice in Jefferson City, MO. In addition to a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University, she completed the Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy training program at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. She has a Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion from the University of Missouri. She has written chapters for five books and authored "Thrive At Any Weight: Eating To Nourish Body, Soul and Self Esteem."  She is the coeditor of the forthcoming  "Weight Bias in Health Education: Critical Perspectives for Pedagogy and Practice.” 

NASW Missouri Chapter

The National Association of Social Workers Missouri Chapter is the largest professional association of social workers in the state, with over 1,400 members. Our members represent NASW throughout the state, living and working in rural, suburban, and urban counties. Our members work in wide range of settings among diverse populations. The Missouri Chapter office is located in in downtown Jefferson City, just blocks from the Capital Building. We are a non-profit professional membership organization for degreed social workers as well as students matriculating through Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited schools.

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