Fat Liberation 101: Essential Knowledge for Therapists

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Facilitator: Sarah Landolfi, LCSW

May 31, 2024, 9:00am-12:00pm

CCIH Offices, 4700 N Ravenswood Ave Ste C, Chicago, IL 60640


3 CEUs  are offered for LCPCs, LCSWs, LMFTs, and Clinical Psychologists.

This workshop qualifies for the Cultural Competency and Implicit Bias continuing education requirements for Social Workers in the State of Illinois

This workshop is full! Reach out to officemanager@theccih.com to be added to the waitlist. You can also find a recored version in our Online Video Library.

“What if there’s nothing wrong with my body?”

For many, asking this simple question can be astonishingly transformative.  In our culture, thin bodies are widely considered to be the absolute standard of health, beauty and desirability— a limited perspective and impossible standard that causes distress for many people, especially those who cannot conform to it.


In this workshop Sarah Landolfi invites participants to explore the roots of anti-fatness, question their assumptions about health, and understand the pervasive, traumatic impact of anti-fatness on fat people. Through interactive discussions and activities participants will learn to define anti-fatness and recognize instances of it in their daily lives, understand how it fits into a larger matrix of multiple and interlocking systems of oppression, and set intentions and build practices to continuously reflect on and interrogate anti-fatness. By recognizing anti-fat bias and challenging our assumptions, we will be able reimagine the world and live more embodied lives in it.

In addition to providing a holding space in which therapists can begin to examine their own anti-fat beliefs and biases, this workshop will cover the following: 

  • Understand the pervasive, traumatic impact of anti-fatness on fat people
  • Debunk anti-fat myths, such as “fat people are categorically unhealthy”
  • Understand the white supremacist and misogynistic origins of anti-fatness how it fits into multiple and interlocking systems of oppression

Sarah Landolfi, LCSW

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Sarah Landolfi is a psychotherapist specializing in trauma informed, fat-positive therapy for LGBTQIA+ folks. As an educator and consultant, she partners with therapists and other healthcare providers to facilitate their process of understanding, interrogating, and ultimately unlearning anti-fatness within themselves, in their work with clients and patients, and within their communities. Though her work is informed by theory and research, she privileges fat people’s and Queer & Trans people’s lived experience, activism and scholarship, as the most valuable resources in understanding these different systems of oppression and their fallout. Additionally, her practice amplifies fat, Queer and Trans voices and ensures that we remain focused on the goals for this work as told to us by marginalized folks themselves.

Register for this workshop

Sorry! This workshop is full. Reach out to officemanager@theccih.com to be added to the waitlist.

CCIH Cancellation Policy: If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute or request a refund. All refund requests must be made in writing at least one week prior to the event and are subject to an administrative charge of $30. Alternatively, you may transfer your full registration fee to a future workshop. Cancellations and transfer requests made less than one week prior to event will not be honored and registration fee will be forfeited. Requests must be emailed to officemanager@theccih.com and will not be accepted by phone. We reserve the right to cancel the workshop, in which case participants will receive a full refund.

Accessibility: If you have any questions or requests regarding accessibility for this event, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Victoria at officemanager@theccih.com. 

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