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Workshops and keynotes


Workshops and keynotes

ESI Faculty members are expert, highly regarded speakers addressing a variety of engaging and interactive keynotes and workshops. All presentations focus on cutting-edge research and intervention based on the Satter Eating Competence Model and the Satter Feeding Dynamics Model. These lively presentations, which are short on the theoretical and long on the practical. They include lectures, discussion, video, case examples, and role plays develop a solid understanding of the models and their client-centered education and intervention application. 

Target audiences

Clinicians, public health professionals, WIC, community health workers, dietitians, nutrition educators, Head Start, child care workers, and administrative staff. Friends, students, parents.  

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Keynote addresses

ESI presentations target your audience and your concerns in training. Considering these presentations will help you identify what you want us to help you achieve.

Let us provide one of these very well received hour-long presentations for your keynote or luncheon address. These inspirational and engaging presentations offer the kind of fresh ideas and practical solutions your audiences seek!


The feeding relationship: an introduction to the possibilities

An appropriate feeding relationship supports children’s developmental tasks at every age and every level of capability and allows children to eat the right amount of the proper food to be healthy and grow well. 

Children and weight:  Helping without harming

Childhood overweight can be prevented from birth and throughout the growing-years by doing an excellent job with feeding. Health and child care professionals working in primary care settings are in a powerful position to teach parents effective stage-appropriate feeding. 

You and your eating

Almost everyone today feels anxious and ambivalent about eating, and the more concerned they are about health, the more anxious they fBeing competent with eating means you take pleasure in it, enjoy a variety of food (not just virtuous food), and trust your body. “Eating well doesn’t have to be a chore,” says Satter in Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family. “In fact, if the joy goes out of eating, nutrition suffers.” 

Health and Weight: The good, the bad and the ugly

Today’s concern about health and weight has focused energy and interest on nutrition. That’s good. Nutritional behaviors may have changed, but  eating attitudes and behaviors have worsened. That’s bad. Overweight hysteria promotes interventions that create the very problems they are intended to address. That’s ugly. 

Speaking with one voice

Parents deserve to hear the same best practice feeding message from pediatric healthcare providers, public health program providers, community-based health educators, child care providers, and others. The Satter Division of Responsibility in Feeding represents such a best practice. Discover how to create partnerships that allow consistent messaging. 

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Contact the Ellyn Satter Institute to engage a speaker or trainer for your organization.

One-day introductory workshops

The feeding relationship: an introduction to the possibilities in your setting

To apply the feeding dynamics and eating competence models, health and nutrition professionals first must think in terms of the, not the and/or how much of feeding and eating. This workshop is an essential first step for agencies working toward a consistent approach to nutrition education based on feeding dynamics and eating competence principles.

Addressing overweight throughout life

Overweight can be prevented from birth and throughout life by doing an excellent job with feeding and eating. This workshop introduces health professionals working in primary care settings to the power and artistry of working with the eating competence and feeding dynamics models and addressing child and adult overweight.  

Children, weight, and the community: helping without harming

This workshop for professionals and the public won’t tell how to get children to eat less, move more, and lose weight. Instead, it gives realistic and rewarding guidance for working together as a community, doing an excellent job of parenting with feeding and with activity, and letting your children grow up to get good bodies that are right for them.

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Two-day training workshop

The how-to workshop for primary care professionals who have been well-exposed to the Satter Feeding Dynamics Model of child nutrition and feeding. Two-day workshop gives time for understanding, opportunities for working through the material, and practice. Since dealing with behavioral issues mandates an understanding about levels of intervention, a clear distinction is drawn among primary, secondary and tertiary care. For WIC, this workshop is consistent with Value Enhanced Nutrition Education and teaches practical application of VENA principles.

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Is your group ready for this training?

Groups who are know the feeding dynamics and eating competence principles are ready to work on application and problem-solving. 

VISION workshops

Interested in developing further mastery of the Satter feeding dynamics and eating competence models? Considering taking your professional practice to the next level? Looking to implement new and effective, non-diet programming into your practice? Want to learn from Ellyn Satter, the professional who started it all?

Join us for VISION training: Intensive training with Ellyn Satter and Ellyn Satter Institute faculty members. Group size is limited to give you time for your questions, networking, and mentoring. The VISION training manual, valued at $289, is downloadable for you to print at the time of your registration.

ESI VISION Workshops offer intensive, in-depth training for professionals in assessing and treating established feeding and eating problems. The training emphasizes understanding and applying the Satter eating competence and feeding dynamics models. Evidence-based and extensively tested clinically, these workshops offer sensible and powerful solutions for complex eating and feeding problems. The VISION workshops will be offered virtually.

Don't see what you're looking for?

Contact the Ellyn Satter Institute to commission a custom workshop or talk for your group.

Feeding with Love and Good Sense VISION Workshop

Assessing and Treating Childhood Feeding Problems

VIRTUALLY – September 11, 2024

Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility (sDOR) is the gold standard of feeding. This intervention-based, intensive workshop shows professionals how to do Satter-based secondary intervention: To accurately apply the feeding dynamics model and sDOR approach in doing assessment and treatment with established feeding problems. The workshop addresses birth through early school age feeding concerns including picky eating, weight acceleration, growth faltering and special needs. Over 900 dietitians, nurses, doctors, OTs, SLPs, and mental health professionals have been empowered by this workshop to support optimum feeding practices and address common forms of interference.  Learn more.

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Treating the Dieting Casualty VISION Workshop

Assessing and treating established adult eating problems

VIRTUALLY –  June, 2024

Treating the Dieting Casualty is an extensive, in-depth workshop that trains professionals in assessment and treatment based on the the How to Eat method. This method has been refined by Ellyn Satter in over 35 years of clinical practice and successfully applied by over 500 professionals who have taken this workshop. Developed in response to the anguish and frustration of patients struggling with their eating and/or weight, the How to Eat method is a systematic, orderly, evidence-based treatment method that replaces distorted eating attitudes and behaviors with Eating CompetenceTreating the Dieting Casualty teaches weight-neutral intervention.  Learn more. 

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