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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 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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the groundwork

Our Groundwork program 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 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 join 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 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

CEUs available with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) – 72 with NASW and 63 with CDR.

Groundwork Topics and
Themes We Will Explore

Exploring Your Body Story

The Foundations of Body Trust

Anti-Fatness & Health Equity

Coping & Surviving in Diet Culture

Theoretical Underpinnings

Body Trust & The Trans Experience

But What About Health?

Deepening Your Roots into Body Trust

Reckoning with Your Eating

Reclaiming Movement

Body Trust Advocacy for Children & Adults

Communication & Conversation Strategies


Please choose the price option below that best meets your needs.

This training will be on demand and offered continuously 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.

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



For those who have sufficient resources and can cover themselves



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

Learn more about our pricing structure here. We believe people should not be turned away for lack of funds. If none of the price options above work for you, you may request an alternative payment plan and/or additional equity pricing

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

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


Picture of Sirius, Hilary and Dana sitting on couch

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.

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.

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 and more!

A note about

Transcripts and closed captions provided for program recordings.

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

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


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