The last thing schools can do to create a body confident environment is to make sure the school is using tested, evidence-based body image curriculum in health or advisory classes. I am recommending Dove’s Confident Me curriculum. It is part of Dove’s Self Esteem (DSEP) project. DSEP created the curriculum about 10 years ago, and it’s been tested and improved upon year after year. The newest version in the US is 6 months old. The experts are on the forefront of the research on body image. It is a free resource in 50 countries.
There are 2 versions of Confident Me. There’s a5 Session workshop and Single ession workshop. The 5 Session workshop is made to be delivered in five 50 minutes class sessions.
The Single Session workshop is created to spend one 50 minute class session on it. It goes faster and covers the first 2 workshops of the 5 Session version’s material more quickly. They’ve done studies that won’t surprise any educators reading this that basically say the more the kids are exposed to the material, the better it sticks.
I have a detailed description of how to use the curriculum here on this website. For middle school I recommend doing the 5 Session workshop. This is probably the kids’ first introduction to the topic, and it goes slower and covers more.
For high school, I recommend teachers spend 2 class periods the body image unit, assuring the material will stick better. I suggest doing the single session version for the first class session and a mixture of 2 of the 5 session lessons for the second day. I go through how to do this in detail on this link.
The material created to be self-explanatory. Teachers don’t need training on it. The Confident Me website has a few 3 minute videos for teachers that are worth watching.
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