Functional Imagery Training (FIT) is a new way of supporting behaviour change. Our research on FIT for weight management, published in the International Journal of Obesity, showed that FIT led to substantially higher sustained weight loss than an active control condition.
FIT uses collaborative counselling techniques to help people think about their most important goals, and mental imagery exercises to strengthen desire for those goals.
It teaches self-management techniques so individuals become their own therapist and continue losing weight by themselves. FIT aims to produce a ‘mindset shift’ where individuals exercise or eat healthily because they want to, not because they have to.
This training course is for healthcare professionals who wish to become certified Functional Imagery Training practitioners, including psychologists, public health and NHS health practitioners, dieticians, fitness and lifestyle coaches. Experience of motivational interviewing is a prerequisite.
The training includes a two-day workshop with refreshments and lunch, assessment and feedback on a recorded practice, and an individual clinical supervision session.
Practitioners passing the assessment will receive certification of competence in Functional Imagery Training. Thanks to generous support from the University of Plymouth and Cognition Institute, we are offering this training at a discounted rate of £400.
The workshop will take place at Conference Aston in Birmingham.
Details of the venue and directions can be found on their website.