Session Six –

All of Me : Considering the Whole Child in Responsive Feeding Therapy

Course Description:

This session will discuss a whole-child lens to feeding challenges. We begin with a brief reminder of child factors to consider (sensory, growth and nutrition, medical concerns…), then examine the interplay with the family and wider community. How might food insecurity, ableism, cultural feeding practices, or weight stigma impact a child’s eating? Real-world examples show how looking only to the child for assessment or treatment misses important opportunities for healing. We will examine definitions and models for integrative care from related fields and offer tools and assessment tips to help you see the whole child.

DURATION: 1.5 hours

Katja Rowell MD

Katja Rowell is a family doctor, author and responsive childhood feeding specialist. Described as “academic, but warm and down to earth,” she is a popular speaker and blogger and has appeared in numerous publications. Katja has developed an expertise in anxious and avoidant eating (including ARFID), food preoccupation, and supporting foster and adopted children and families. Katja is on the SPOON medical advisory board and founder of The Feeding Doctor. Her books include: Helping Your Child with Extremely Picky Eating: A Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Selective Eating, Food Aversion, and Feeding Disorders. Learn more about Katja at The Feeding Doctor.

Jo Cormack PhD, MBACP

Jo Cormack is a feeding dynamics specialist, researcher, and registered therapist. She helps families of avoidant eaters with the relational and emotional aspects of food and feeding. Jo is also an award-winning writer on feeding and is in the final stages of a PhD in psychology. Her research area is parental feeding practices in the context of avoidant eating. Jo is the author of Helping Children Develop a Positive Relationship with Food (Jessica Kingsley Publishers). She trains and supervises feeding professionals and is interested in helping clinicians from diverse disciplines draw on psychological and psychotherapeutic theory in their practice.

CEU information:

Certificates of attendance and RD CEU certificates are issued for the entire 9-hour Foundational Series.  Information can be found here.