Coming to SDIC 2011: Marcella Raimondo!

29 03 2011

SDIC-ST 2011 planning is well underway, and we are so excited about the program we have in store! Your Self-Defense Leadership Committee is delighted to announce that Marcella Raimondo will be presenting a workshop about the impact of body image issues and eating disorders on women and girls, how these issues may block our efforts to teach empowerment and self-defense skills, and strategies for overcoming these barriers in our programming.  Please see more information about Marcella and this powerful and informative workshop below, and go to to register for SDIC-ST 2011 today!  Early arrival SDIC programming starts at 1 PM on Wednesday, July 20, with camp, including lots more SDIC – ST programming, continuing July 21-24!

Marcella Raimondo is a Project Manager for Kaiser Permanente Regional Health Education in Oakland, California, a martial artist, a social justice advocate, and a student. She earned her Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan, and is a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology at Alliant University, San Francisco. She has trained at Hand to Hand Kajukenbo Self Defense Center in Oakland since 2000, and has assisted with self-defense programs there for the past 5 to 6 years.

Marcella was one of the founders of About-Face, a body image and media non-profit. She served as the Media Literacy Director in 2001-2005, and is now an education advisor and researcher.  Marcella has been providing trainings and workshops on the topic of eating disorders and body image for over 15 years. Passionate about multiculturalism and eating disorders, she is pursuing clinical and community work and currently conducts trainings for clinical staff and the community-at-large in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Marcella’s devotion to the field stems from her ten-year battle with anorexia nervosa. Marcella truly believes that recovery is possible, and so is loving yourself.

“When Body Image Issues and Eating Disorders Block Attempts at Empowerment – Strategies for Self-Defense Teachers,” with Marcella Raimondo

Addressing eating disorders and body image issues can greatly strengthen self-defense programs, since devaluing one’s body often blocks any attempts at empowerment for self-protection. The consequences of eating disorders and body image issues are very real and very negative.

There is ample evidence to suggest that these issues can impact physical and mental health, as well as healthy sexual development. When a girl feels badly about her body, she is not likely to take care of it or herself, leaving her at risk for violence and other unwanted behaviors.

This interactive workshop will review the research around eating disorders and body image, focusing on cultural and psychosocial dynamics, especially the media.  The workshop will also include some teaching modalities one can bring to a self-defense workshop for girls.  This workshop is designed to bring participants’ experiences and viewpoints into collaboration, with the aim of proposing strategies to address eating disorders and body image issues in our self-defense programming.




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