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How to Improve Adolescents Body Image within the Family System

PRESENTER: Mackenzie “Mack” Jantsch, MS, LMFT

DETAILS: This presentation will emphasize the importance of improving body image on developmental well-being of adolescents. Body image is created through a combination of perceptual, cognitive, affective, and behavioral components towards the human body within a systemic context. What older generations have discussed or endured about bodies, can influence younger generations and vice versa. Improving body image in children can reduce the prevalence of future harmful dieting, eating disorders, mood disorders, or overall life dissatisfaction through the lifespan. While positive body image can increase life satisfaction and healthy attachment behaviors in children.
1. Define Body Image and introduce a body image spectrum.
2. Identify factors that impact body image in a positive direction.
3. Cite factors that contribute to body image in a negative direction.
4. Give examples of how body image shows up within the family system from a theoretical perspective.
5. Assess body image from a systemic perspective.
6. Utilize prevention techniques towards negative body image.
7. Utilize interventions to improve negative body image within the family system.

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Mackenzie “Mack” Jantsch, MS, LMFT, Laureate Eating Disorders Program
Mackenzie “Mack” Jantsch graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Master’s of Science specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. Mack is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, LMFT, and an approved LMFT supervisor for the state of Oklahoma. Mack worked at Youth Services of Tulsa
for 6 years as a family counselor and the family counseling coordinator before joining the adolescent team at Laureate’s Eating Disorder Program. Mack is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy. She is trained in assessing and managing suicide risk, a neurodevelopmental model for
working with families with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders or other neurobehavioral conditions, and integrated treatment of complex trauma for adolescents. Her most recent presentation was discussing how to engage adolescents in healthy social media use. Mack has a passion for using family systems, trauma-informed care, and experiential techniques to help families navigate how to handle stress and the challenges of raising an adolescent in today’s world.
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