Responsive Feeding Therapy:

the foundational series

How the RFT framework can enhance your practice.

Live online event, November 1st-17th, 2021

9  CEUs confirmed for RDs, OTs and SLPs

Maybe you’re an SLP, OT or RD and you’ve been doing feeding work for a while, or you’re new to the field… 

Perhaps you want to build on your core skill-set and develop your practice.

Maybe you sense that for a significant group of children, what you’re doing isn’t getting at the whole picture.

The RFPro team have all been there. Early in our careers, we knew we were missing opportunities to help children heal their relationships with food and to empower parents to support the process.

Connecting with colleagues, developing and working in the RFT framework was what we were missing.

Through RFT, my practice has become grounded in connection and felt-safety, and the other research-supported values. Now, I’m able to partner with families and offer sustainable strategies that support healthy family relationships and positive relationships with food.

Christian Hancock, M.S., CCC-SLP

With a combined 50+ years of multidisciplinary work in feeding, we put together this foundational series to help you discover RFT.

In this series, you will explore how the RFT values of autonomy, relatedness, competence, intrinsic motivation, and whole child care:

  • empowers parents to support healing for children who seem to progress in therapy but stay stuck at home
  • will offer new opportunities for assessment and treatment
  • will increase your comfort and confidence working with children and parents
  • provide a cohesive framework for your work with children and families 
  • will help you discover and address obstacles to progress that your families may face

You will be learning from:

  • leading clinicians working across the spectrum, from parent coaching to tube weaning
  • an occupational therapist, speech therapist, MD relational feeding specialist, and counsellor/researcher (an RD has also consulted on this series)
  • sought-after speakers who are authors, researchers in feeding and interventions, and thought leaders in RFT (all were authors on the RFT White Paper)

The discovery of Responsive Feeding Therapy, in and through the writing, teaching and mentorship of Jo Cormack, Katja Rowell and other RFT pioneers, has indeed been an experience of ‘coming home’ in my work as a therapist and child feeding specialist.  RFT offers a holistic ‘lens of viewing’ with concepts that extend beyond the realm of feeding, nurturing child development and healthy family relationships in every facet of daily living.  It has become essential and integral to my practice!

Suzanne Stratford, Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Who is this for?

RFT: the foundational series is intended for pediatric feeding professionals, including RDs, SLPs, OTs, therapists and MDs.

9 CEUs are expected for SLPs and OTs.  

9 CEUs confirmed for RDs.

This series is not intended for parents.

 

What is included?

Responsive Feeding Therapy: the foundational series includes nine hours of content and expected CEUs. Sessions will include research, including some yet unpublished findings, video, related educational and clinically relevant handouts you can use right away, and 20-30 minutes of live Q and A per webinar.

Session one: Peace, Love, and Understanding: Responsive Feeding Therapy the origins, the journey and the future

12.00 pm-13.30 pm EST, November 1st, 2021

Presented by Jo Cormack MA (Counselling) MBACP (Reg.), a counsellor and PhD candidate  

RFT centres on the application of responsive feeding concepts in a clinical setting. Before the core elements of RFT are considered in this webinar series, this initial session looks back at how the term ‘responsive feeding’ gained traction, how it came out of the responsive parenting literature, and how it has been developed clinically.  From the field of self-determination theory, the three basic needs of autonomy, relatedness, and competence will be introduced, as well as what they mean for feeding. Finally, there will be a glance to the future, as research directions and clinical implications are discussed. Feeding professionals will get some valuable context for RFT as well as the opportunity to think about different definitions and interpretations of the term ‘responsive’.

 

Session two: I Did it My Way: child autonomy in Responsive Feeding Therapy

12.00 pm-13.30 pm EST, November 3rd, 2021

Presented by Jo Cormack MA MBACP, a counsellor and PhD candidate

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. 

 

Session 3: What’s Love Got to Do With It: relatedness in Responsive Feeding Therapy

12.00 pm-13.30 pm EST, November 8th, 2021

Presented by Katja Rowell MD, relational feeding specialist

Feeding is by definition relational, and humans are wired for connection. Beginning with attachment, adding recent learning about neurobiology and development points towards a theory of regulation and co-regulation as pivotal to wellbeing. This session will explore the importance of self-regulation for health, feeding and digestion, and then expand to consider how adults can offer co-regulation to support healthy feeding. Feeding professionals will learn concrete steps to offer co-regulation to children as well as their parents. Co-regulation and cue-based feeding has been utilized in pre-term infant feeding. There’s plenty of research suggesting it’s time to extend a relational focus for feeding beyond infancy. 

 

Session four: I Believe I Can Fly: skills and confidence in Responsive Feeding Therapy

12.00 pm-13.30 pm EST, November 11th, 2021

Presented by Heidi Moreland MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLC and Jennifer Berry MS, OT/L

In order to be competent in feeding, children need to feel safe, enjoy positive relationships around food, enjoy mealtimes, and be allowed to develop skills at their own rate. This means that children need to be able to respond to their body’s cues confidently and develop their own preferences as their skills mature. Parental competence is important as well, as they learn to support children as they grow and change. This course will cover the importance of presumed competence, the benefits of building on strengths instead of targeting weaknesses and ways that therapists can help families provide scaffolding/support for kids in a timely way.

 

Session five: “I'll tell you what I want, what I really, really want...” : intrinsic motivation in Responsive Feeding Therapy

12.00 pm-13.30 pm EST, November 15th, 2021

Presented by Heidi Moreland MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLC and Jennifer Berry MS, OT/L

When a child has eating differences, loving caregivers and well-meaning professionals often try a multitude of strategies to get them unstuck. Unfortunately, strategies and therapies often move ahead with the focus of getting children to eat through external motivation. Instead, therapies and interventions should be focused on helping a child discover internal or intrinsic drives to eat. When children learn to trust, understand and be intrinsically motivated to eat, skill development improves and progress is lasting. In this course, we will explore the natural intrinsic motivations to eat, their importance, and practical strategies to help children and families uncover the internal drives to eat. 

 

Session six: All of Me : considering the whole child in Responsive Feeding Therapy

12.00 pm-13.30 pm EST, November 17th, 2021

Presented by Katja Rowell MD and Jo Cormack MA MBACP.

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. 

 

How much does it cost?

Responsive Feeding Therapy: the foundational series includes nine hours of content and expected CEUs for RDs, OTs and SLPs. 

STANDARD RATE:

$315 ($35/hour) for 9 CEUs/certificate of attendance  – payable in full or 4 x interest-free monthly payments of $78.75.

GROUP RATE:

15% off ($267.75 / person) for groups of four or more. Email us with the names and email addresses of your group before registering, to receive your coupon code.

STUDENT RATE:

$75  – If you are a current student, register with your student email address to access this discounted rate.

EQUITY ACCESS RATE:

$10 – In line with our ethos of making this work as accessible as possible, we offer an equity access rate at a total of $10 for the series, with CEU. This is for anyone in the world who considers themselves to be part of a marginalized community, such as BIPOC (Black and Indigenous and People of Color) or who may be experiencing economic hardship (for example, pandemic-related). No application process, simply email us (admin@responsivefeedingpro.com) for the coupon code. 

Cancellation Policy:

We offer a full refund minus the $50 registration fee for cancellations before October 1st, 2021

We offer a 50% refund of the cost of the series for cancellations after October 1st, 2021

We cannot offer any refund in case of cancellations less than 72 hours before the event. Please email us at admin@responsivefeedingpro.com if there are extraordinary circumstances that affect your ability to attend the event.

 

RFT has given me a whole new context to the way that I am working; when I reflect back on the changes in my approach I can see how much I have evolved as a practitioner. The support I am able to offer families and the positive changes they achieve around feeding continues to develop and grow. This not only benefits the families themselves but brings me a huge amount of satisfaction in the work that I do.

Lucy Neary RD

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for CEUs?

We are in the process of applying for 9 CEUs for OTs, SLPs. 9 CEUs are approved for RDs and nutritionists. Reciprocity is expected for OTs and SLPS for UK and Australia.

Our CEU provider for SLPs and OTs is CEU Espresso. Upon your registration for the series, you will receive a link inviting you to create an account at CEU Espresso and begin the process to claim your CEUs.  

NOTE: Attendance for the entire course is necessary for completion and CEUs, no partial credit will be awarded if you view only selected webinars. 

NOTE: If you are unable to attend the live event, you will need to watch the recording within a week, in order to claim CEUs.

 

The timing of the sessions doesn't work for me, will I get the recording?

ALL sessions will be recorded and made available to the attendants shortly after the event. You will have access to the recordings for a year.

What is your refund policy?

We offer a full refund minus the $50 registration fee for cancellations before October 1st, 2021

We offer a 50% refund of the cost of the series for cancellations after October 1st, 2021

We cannot offer any refund in case of cancellations less than 72 hours before the event. Please email us at admin@responsivefeedingpro.com if there are extraordinary circumstances that affect your ability to attend the event.

Our practice providers all want to attend. Is there a group rate?

Yes! Please email us with the names and email addresses of groups of four or more for a 15% discount code.

Is this course geared toward a specific group of child feeding professionals?

The course is not geared toward a specific profession but will be a great addition to the clinical toolbox of every practitioner working in child feeding. The information and strategies in the course will provide the overarching responsive feeding approach that can be integrated into your practice whether you are an occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, registered dietitian, feeding therapist, nutritionist or medical doctor. We are planning webinars with content tailored to different specialities for 2022.

Do you offer a payment plan?

Yes. You can choose a monthly payment for four months, with no interest fees. This option will be available for you to choose from on the payment page.

Are the sessions live?

The didactic portion of the sessions may be live or prerecorded. (In line with our ethos of accommodating different needs for learners and presenters, we offer speakers the option to pre-record the didactic portion of the session.) The Q and A session will always be live and attended by the speaker and an admin from the RFPro team.

What if I have CEU questions?

CEUs for OTs and SLPs will be provided by CEU Espresso.  When you register, you will get information from CEU Espresso on how to proceed.

If you have questions regarding CEUs for RDs, please contact us directly at admin@responsivefeedingpro.com

How can I ask a question during the live session?

Questions will be submitted to the session admin who will ask the questions to the presenter. This is largely to offer anonymity and a safe space for viewers to engage in learning.

Will my name and image be visible during the life session or on the recording?

No

Will this series be offered on demand?

Yes, the on-demand option is expected to be available in early 2022. We plan to apply for 9 CEU for the on-demand webinars.

I attended the RFT conference in 2020 - how is this series different?

This series is aimed at the core audience of pediatric feeding professionals (whereas the 2020 conference also included eating disorder professionals working with older children, teens and adults). The information in this series goes more in-depth with a comprehensive overview of the RFT values and how to use them in practice. The series also includes new research and resources.

Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

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Cancellation Policy:

We offer a full refund minus the $50 registration fee for cancellations before October 1st, 2021

We offer a 50% refund of the cost of the series for cancellations after October 1st, 2021

We cannot offer any refund in case of cancellations less than 72 hours before the event. Please email us at admin@responsivefeedingpro.com if there are extraordinary circumstances that affect your ability to attend.

More questions?