Parallel Session 5

Booty Shorts and Sexting: A Social Justice Approach to Improving Body Image and Self-Esteem



Social justice is an emerging consideration in the development of and healing from body image and self-esteem issues.  This workshop is based on best-practice recommendations arising from a feminist-informed Participatory Action Research Project focused on collaborative approaches to improving body image and diversity acceptance in school settings.  Practical examples will be used to emphasize how student voices are critical to inform school-based approaches to prevention.  The Theory of Embodiment (Piran, 2015) also informs a social justice approach and will be emphasized.  The importance of and challenges with a social justice approach to prevention in school settings will be examined.  Recommendations for parents, teachers, and health care professionals will be highlighted.


Knowledge Level: All


Presenter Biography

Dr. Angela Grace, PhD, is a Registered Psychologist who recently completed her PhD in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary.  She has worked as an elementary school teacher as well as a psychologist in youth mental health and in private practice for over 13 years.  Her research focus is on feminist-informed and social justice approaches to healthy body image and diversity acceptance in youth.  She is passionate about the prevention and treatment of eating disorders and body image issues, and holistic and body-centered approaches to counselling.