Workshop examines beauty issues

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A workshop called “Like the Way You Look—Body Image and Eating Issues” is being held today in the Counseling Center. Dr. Morrissette, a counseling psychologist in the Counseling Center will conduct the workshop. She said the workshop includes a video and a lot of discussion.

“We get some ideas about current stereotypes of beauty and bodyweight,” Morrissette said. “We give information about positive and negative body image.”

She said a negative body image can lead to bad behaviors, so in the workshop they will give students tools and other handouts on how to promote a positive body image.

Morrissette said the counseling center offers a variety of workshops each semester. “This is the one that has some interest on the college campus in particular,” Morrissette said.

The counseling center began the workshops in the spring, and they will continue through the fall semester. The body image workshop will be held again on Nov.18 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Morrissette said the workshops usually consist of a small group of people.

“It’s good because it leaves a lot of room for discussion, but we definitely want a lot more people,” Morrissette said.

Morrissette said about 25 percent of females who come in to the Counseling Center have problems with their body image.

“Even if it’s not their primary issue, it is something that comes up over all with what they are dealing with,” Morrissette said.

Approximately 90 percent of the people who go to the Counseling Center for advice are females, and 10 percent are male. However, the number of males going to the Counseling Center has increased. Morrissette said the number males is low because they usually don’t seek treatment. This is why it is important that they know that the counseling center is a place for every student on campus, whether male or female, to receive help.

She also encouraged students who have friends that may have an eating disorder to come to the workshop or even drop by the Counseling Center to pick up some information.

“Prevention is the best way to stop an eating disorder,” Morrissette said.

“It is best to get help early because once you’re in the clinical stage, treatment is very expensive.”

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Counseling Center. The Counseling Center is located across from the Lee Drain Building and next to the Farrington Building. If students are interested, they can sign up at the Counseling Center or call 936-294-1720.