Participants invited for cognitive-behavioural service addressing healthy body weight
The UBCO Interprofessional Clinic is re-offering a Healthy Weight Specialty Service for interested faculty, staff and students starting in mid-February.
The Healthy Weight Specialty Service includes individual or group assessment and treatment for a number of health and weight-related issues including weight loss, obesity and diabetes, binge-eating and emotional eating disorders, weight gain prevention, nutrition and physical activity changes.
The program will be led by UBC Okanagan’s clinical psychology program — specifically doctoral students under the supervision of the Director of Clinical Training Lesley Lutes — a registered clinical psychologist, as part of the students’ degree program requirements.
An internationally recognized researcher, Lutes specializes in weight management treatment aimed at disease prevention and health promotion. Her research is largely aimed at adults and children in under-served populations, and she has developed an evidence-based small changes treatment program.
The service includes a 12-week weight loss cognitive-behavioural group therapy program co-facilitated by two clinicians. Group sessions will take place Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. or Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Participants will also receive an individual health and wellness assessment before and after the program. There is a cost-recovery fee of $120 to participate; this includes treatment materials. Those with extended health care plans may be able to submit the expense for psychological services to their insurance provider. A sliding scale fee structure and/or payment plan is also available.
To find out more or to enrol in the Healthy Weight Specialty Service, contact the Interprofessional Clinic, at 250 807 8241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.