Session two –

I Did it My Way: Child Autonomy in Responsive Feeding Therapy

How to request
Certificate of Attendance and
RD CEU Certificate

Course Description:

Autonomy is said to be a basic need essential to intrinsic motivation. It is at the heart of a responsive approach to feeding and there is a wealth of research evidence demonstrating what happens when children’s eating is externally rather than internally (autonomously) driven. This session will examine WHY parents may find it hard to give their child autonomy and how practitioners can work with this. Feeding professionals will learn about helping parents gain insight into their responses and unconscious processes, how to help them recognise that these may be getting in the way of child-autonomy, and what they can do instead. There will be a focus on working with parental expectations because parental feeding goals can interact with non-responsive practices that block autonomy. Whether working directly with parents or not, it is necessary for feeding professionals to appreciate the relational aspects of feeding challenges; a nuanced understanding of child-autonomy is essential to supporting the feeding relationship.

DURATION: 1.5 hours

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.