These interactive trainings geared for professionals will review the research around eating disorders and body image in diverse and underserved communities focusing on cultural and psychosocial dynamics, including racism and various forms of oppression.  The training will also include some current treatment models for diverse communities with eating disorders based on research and using vignettes for participant participation all through a social justice lens. This training is designed to bring participants’ experiences and viewpoints into collaboration with the aim of proposing strategies to augment research, diagnosis and treatment for diverse communities with eating disorders and body image issues.

Training Objectives:

To document the increasing incidence of eating disorders and body image issues in diverse communities and explain some of the cultural and psychosocial dynamics that contribute to these recent trends

  • To bring in cultural humility as an anchor to explore intersectionality and its impact on eating disorders and body image issues
  • To explore how issues of oppression, trauma, and other social injustices impact eating disorders and body image for diverse communities
  • To explore treatment options using case examples
  • To propose strategies to augment research, diagnosis and treatment for diverse communities with eating disorders

My trainings are:

  • Respectful and safe- I work towards creating a culture that is welcoming, respectful and safe.
  • Challenging to mainstream viewpoints on eating disorders- My trainings include research and facts around diverse folks with eating disorders and body image. I also include treatment approaches that include multicultural factors.
  • Action-oriented and positive: I leave participants inspired to make change, not feeling hopeless.
  • Updated and fresh- I keep myself updated on the latest research and developments in the eating disorders and body image field, keeping a particular eye on marginalized communities.
  • Convenient- Trainings are provided onsite and afford maximum flexibility. I work with each agency and clinic to provide a training that meets their content and schedule needs.
  • Thoughtful and engaging- I use case examples and experiences that facilitate discussion. I provide discussion time and opportunities to process what each person is experiencing.

See my article on cultural humility and eating disorders:

List of where I conducted trainings continued

  • Tri-Alliance Gathering – 2016
  • Eating Recovery Center Foundation Annual Conference – 2016
  • University of California- San Francisco
  • UC Berkeley Eating Disorders Awareness Week
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • University of Michigan
  • Wright Institute- Multicultural Symposium
  • Mills College
  • California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)
  • Alliant International University
  • Standing Against Global Exploitation (SAGE) Project
  • Alameda Family Services- Clinical Trainings
  • Children’s Hospital in Oakland
  • San Francisco Community Based Mental Health- Gender-Appropriate Services for Women
  • New Leaf: Services for our Community- Clinical Trainings
  • Kaiser Permanente’s National Diversity Conference
  • Kaiser Permanente Northern California Weight Management Task Force
  • Gay Straight Alliance Annual Conferences
  • Hand to Hand Kajukenbo Self Defense Center- Self Defense workshop for girls
  • National Women’s Martial Arts Federation – Self Defense Instructors’ Conference
  • Mission Mental Health – Clinical Trainings
  • UCSF Alliance Health Project – Clinical Trainings
  • Queer Lifespace- Clinical Trainings
  • Cal State University East Bay- Clinical Trainings
  • Anka Behavioral Health, Inc.- Clinical Trainings
  • Haight Ashbury Clinic- Clinical Trainings
  • Hume Center- Clinical Trainings
  • Laney College
  • San Francisco State University- Suicide Awareness and Prevention Conference
  • Eating Disorder Recovery & Support (EDRS) Conference
  • Cal State San Marcos- Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015
  • Episcopal Church in the Diocese of California- Youth Ministry Symposium 2015

I have been witness to and participated in Marcella’s seminars. She connects with attendees who demonstrate a spectrum of subject knowledge, sharing meaningful information and insights each of us might move forward in application. Her rootedness in the subject at hand and passion for creating a positive pathway for others is directly reflected in each presentation. Marcella’s many years of martial arts learning, commitment to the exploration of those physical movement principles and the accompanying interaction with training partners, translates into full presence and confidence as a workshop presenter.

Sonya Richardson, Executive Director, Head Instructor
Hand to Hand Kajukenbo Self Defense Center, Oakland, CA

Marcella Raimondo, PhD, MPH has been presenting to the clinical trainees at the mental health agency I work at for the past four years on the influences of acculturation on eating disorders when working with multicultural and LGBT populations.   The feedback from the trainees has been this was “amazing”, “I am so grateful to have this training”, “This training was so very relevant and motivating, I want to learn more.”

    Mary Beth Reticker, LMFT -UCSF Alliance Health Project