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By the time we get to clinical training or our work, we’ve already been socialized and indoctrinated into the dominant weight paradigm. We stop questioning what we’ve been trained to believe about bodies, food, weight and health. 

Our Groundwork training program (coming this Fall) will help you unpack your conditioning and your education, and begin to see the through line between social justice and the work of healing.

Groundwork program

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Launching this Fall, Groundwork is a self-paced training consisting of 14+ online learning  modules that will help you develop a different way of thinking about food, weight, health, bodies and healing.

Groundwork is not a program designed for people seeking a healing process, as much as it is for people who want to know more about this approach from the framing. It’s head-y, full of information, and ideas to listen to and learn about.

Groundwork was designed for those who are in the field or who want access to all the nerdy info that makes up Body Trust. It is ideal for you if you want Body Trust training without getting fully certified — OR if you know you want to apply for certification the next time enrollment opens and would like to get a head start on the required curriculum.

“Center for Body Trust has changed my life through their work. I appreciate the focus on whole-person healing, the acknowledgment of the realities we are faced with, and the holistic integration of nutrition and therapy — all taught with compassion. I personally move throughout this world with more confidence and hope because Center for Body Trust exists.”

Jes Baker
Author, Coach, Speaker

What to expect

Learn online at your own pace
Develop a different way of thinking about food, weight, health, bodies and healing
Access the language to help change culture
Gain a deeper understanding of your own body story and a stronger analysis on what disrupts body trust
Explore the theoretical underpinnings of our Body Trust Framework
Feel more confident in your ability to speak to and advocate for an alternative to the status quo
Access supportive resources

Groundwork Topics and
Themes We Will Explore

Exploring Your Body Story
Anti-Fatness and Health Equity
The Foundations of Body Trust
Theoretical Underpinnings
Body Trust and the Trans Experience
But What About Health?
Deepening Your Roots into Body Trust
Reckoning with Your Eating
Reclaiming Movement
Preserving Body Trust in Future Generations
Communication and Conversation strategies

This training (launching this Fall) will be on demand and offered throughout the year. If you later decide to move forward with certification, the cost of your Groundwork program will be applied toward your investment in certification.

Pricing – $1000

For those who have sufficient resources and can cover themselves

PLUS – $1200

For those who have enough resources to cover themselves and donate to increase access for marginalized folks and those in need

Pricing – $600

For people with marginalized identities and those in need; limited to 25% of registrants

We believe people should not be turned away for lack of funds, so if none of the prices in our three-tiered pricing structure work for you, you may request additional equity pricing when registration reopens. Learn more about our pricing structure here.

Almost everything I have learned about body freedom and body trust – radically accepting my body – I learned from Dana and Hilary.

As a fat black woman society has always told me I am too much, and less than, at the same time.

Body Trust and the folks at Center for Body Trust helped to teach that my body, and being just as I am, is powerful, needed and necessary.”

– Desiree Adaway,
The Adaway Group


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Hilary Kinavey

Hilary’s work as a therapist, educator, speaker, and writer has been a study of what interrupts our sense of wholeness and how we can return to ourselves in a culture that profits from fragmentation.

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Dana Sturtevant

Dana is a registered dietitian, trainer and author whose work focuses on humanizing health care, advancing health equity, and advocating for food and body sovereignty.

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Sirius Bonner

As an executive in healthcare where she leads equity and inclusion efforts, Sirius is a fierce advocate for health equity and social justice.

With Special Guest Teachers Desiree Adaway, Ericka Hines, Nicole Lee, Gloria Lucas and more!

A note about

Automated closed captions are available during live meetings.

Sign language interpreters are available upon request.

Transcripts and closed captions will be provided for program recordings.

Please reach out to us with any additional accessibility needs or questions.

We believe in the possibility of a body-compassionate and weight-inclusive world and we know you do, too.


Sign up to be notified when Groundwork registration opens this Fall.

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