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October 2020

Feeding Interventions for ‘Picky’ Eating: Self Determination Theory as a Framework for a Responsive Feeding Approach

October 13 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT

Avoidant (or ‘picky’) eating in childhood is a very common challenge, affecting approximately 25% of children. Dietitians and nutritionists often find parents of these children coming to their offices. Food avoidance can be a difficult area for professionals to navigate because it covers a vast range of presentations, from developmentally normal neophobia to ARFID.  In this presentation, we will be discussing recent work (Cormack, Rowell & Postavaru, 2020) on the role of the three ‘basic needs’ proposed by Self-determination theory…

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November 2020

Healing through the Body: A Somatic Understanding of Trauma for Nutritionists and Dietitians

November 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

In this two hour training, participants will develop a basic understanding of Somatics as a path towards body liberation. Our bodies are places where we learn, communicate, feel for dignity, come to know safety, and experience belonging. They are also sites of shaping from systems of oppression and domination that have led us to sometimes have tenuous relationships with our embodied selves.

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December 2020

Rethinking Harm Reduction and Treatment Interfering Behaviour – Strategies and Perspectives

December 7 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am PST

In this webinar, participants will develop an understanding of how harm reduction can play an integral role in the healing and recovery from eating disorders. Participants will also learn about how treatment interfering behaviour can show up in the therapeutic relationship in both providers and clients, and challenge their ideas of success and motivation in therapy. Participants will also gain knowledge on how to engage useful strategies to minimize anxiety during the treatment process, and use harm reductive language to…

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What is Trans-Centered Nutrition? with Vaughn Darst

December 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PST

Dietitians have a handful of misunderstandings about what it might look like to support transgender and non-binary clients, and this results in a limited capacity to address systemic barriers faced by these clients when accessing medical care. A deeper look into the future of trans-centered nutrition reveals numerous ways RDs can advocate for high quality, gender affirmative care in a variety of treatment settings. Learning Objectives: Following this presentation, attendees will be able to: Explore the key roles and responsibilities…

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January 2021

Fat Phobia as Misogynoir: Gender, Race and Weight Stigma with Dr. Sabrina Strings

January 5, 2021 @ 10:00 am PST

We commonly believe that fat stigma developed in our culture as a result of medical findings linking overweight to ill-health. But, what if I told you that fatphobia has existed for two centuries – preceding even the professionalization of medicine? In this talk, I will present my findings on the origin of fatphobia, show how and why it hurts women the most, and explore if monitoring BMI and losing weight are effective health management options. Learning Objectives: Following this presentation,…

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Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder: Breaking down effective treatment for a complex client

January 25, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST

We know that among clients with eating disorders, borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a common co-occurring disorder.  Understanding and addressing this complex disorder can make treating these clients less overwhelming. In this workshop, we’ll explore how personal biases toward clients with co-occurring ED and BPD can affect diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes. Through experiential exercises and case studies, participants will learn a range of evidence-based practices for treating this complex diagnosis. Learning Objectives: Following this presentation, participants will be able to:…

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March 2021

The Ethics of a Collaborative Eating Disorder Treatment Team

March 5, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

Eating disorders are complex illnesses causing changes to both the brain and the body. It is for this reason a specialized team of professionals is necessary for successful treatment outcomes. How effectively this team communicates can dramatically influence the quality of treatment provided by the team and the outcomes for individual clients. Unfortunately, there is no standard on how communication is performed between the treatment team, though a team approach is considered best practices by the Academy of Nutrition and…

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