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Workshop for professionals

Feeding with Love and Good Sense VISION Workshop

Assessing and Treating Childhood Feeding Problems

Ellyn Satter’s

Feeding with Love and Good Sense VISION Workshop

Assessing and treating childhood feeding problems

led by Eve Reed, APD, Alexia Beauregard, MS, RD, CSP, LD and Sandy Maxwell, RD, BASc


March 28, 2024



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About VISION workshops

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 Model and the Satter Feeding Dynamics Model. Evidence-based and extensively tested clinically, these workshops offer practical, powerful, and compassionate solutions for complex eating and feeding problems.


About Feeding with Love and Good Sense

Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility (sDOR) is the gold standard of feeding.  Feeding with Love and Good Sense training teaches you everything you need to know to offer child feeding assessment and secondary intervention with established feeding problems in your clinical office.  The workshop addresses birth through early school age feeding concerns including picky eating, weight acceleration, growth faltering, and special needs.

We offer a comprehensive hybrid online training program combined with live interactive Q&A sessions so you can effectively and efficiently guide your clients to establish sustainable feeding practices using Satter’s feeding dynamics model and sDOR approach.

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 how to help families with established feeding challenges

An estimated 50% of children have established feeding problems. Current norms around feeding and eating are such that children are often raised to have poor eating attitudes and behaviors. Many parents have trouble taking appropriate leadership with feeding, while at the same time, they interfere with the child’s autonomy with eating. This interference or neglect with feeding precipitates feeding problems that, at each stage of development, become more complicated, established, and resistant to resolution. Thorough assessment and skillful, step-by-step application of sDOR has profound implications for the child’s nutrition and growth and also for the quality of life and emotional well-being of the child, parent, and family.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Cite literature addressing the theoretical underpinnings and evidence for the Satter feeding dynamics and eating competence models.
  • Consider how to apply the principles of child development to the assessment and treatment of child nutrition problems.
  • Understand and interpret the child’s own growth pattern to support optimum stage-related feeding and treat feeding problems.
  • Differentiate between primary, secondary, and tertiary intervention in addressing the child feeding problems.
  • Identify distinctions between education and psychotherapy.
  • Consider the child’s medical, developmental, nutritional, feeding dynamics, and psychosocial history to identify past and current contributors to eating and feeding problems including growth faltering, weight acceleration, poor food acceptance, and special needs.
  • Develop fdSatter (feeding dynamics Satter) consistent treatment plans and outcome goals.

Who will benefit from attending?

  • Experienced health or mental health professionals who work with established and entrenched childhood feeding problems.
  • Health professionals looking for training in clinical intervention with feeding that doesn’t require going back to graduate school.
  • Clinicians familiar with the Satter Eating Competence Model and the Satter Feeding Dynamics Models.  To familiarize yourself with the models you may want to do a self-study to prepare for this workshop by reading:
  • Clinicians and Health Educators who provide primary care parenting nutrition education, anticipatory guidance, and routine problem-solving but want to gain an in-depth understanding of assessment and treatment.  This could apply to persons working in settings such as WIC, Head Start, CACFP, public health, and well-child clinics.  Please note the workshop information about secondary and tertiary assessment and treatment may not apply to your practice setting.

Class Logistics

  • Workshop is delivered to you on a Virtual platform: September, 2024
  • Teaching modes: Lecture, case study, child-feeding video, problem-solving, role-playing, discussion.
  • Live weekly Q&A/discussions:  Wednesdays 5:00-6:00 pm CT – starting September 11, 2024
  • Contact hours: 40 hours of continuing education including over 20 hours of lecture and 9 hours of live Q&A. Certificates of completion awarded.
  • Fee for workshop: 
    Registration: $1,175 for individuals; $1,075 for 2 or more participants; $975 for 4 + participants from a single agency.
    • Registration includes a downloadable training manual.
    • Persons wishing to purchase a printed copy of the manual may order it at checkout.
    • 20% discount on ESI materials purchased during workshop.
    • Workshop Cancellation:  ESI reserves the right to cancel the workshop up to 2 weeks prior to the event.  Full registration will be refunded by same method of payment.
  • For more information, contact [email protected]

This comprehensive course was incredibly helpful clarifying sDOR from a provider’s perspective. I highly recommend it!

Registered Dietitian

I will definitely use what I learned in this course in my job as a Part C Early Intervention Occupational Therapist/Primary Service Provider. I frequently work with children and families who are struggling at mealtimes. I will implement sDOR, as I have throughout much of my career. I now will incorporate information from this workshop about about plotting history on growth charts, considering z scores when child’s growth has moved off the growth chart, and considering where my families are in the Hierarchy of Food needs and how that might be impacting mealtimes.

Occupational Therapist

Having one week to study each module was a perfect amount of time to absorb the material.  Homework and the live online weekly calls gave us the necessary focus and the opportunity to
ask questions and interact with each other. Plus, Ellyn Satter’s interaction with us in the online forum as well as her video vignettes were a perfect and indispensable addition to the entire


Great course, I found it very useful and informative. Lots of great resources also.

Occupational Therapist

I think this workshop is a great introduction for any medical provider who is seeking guidance when interacting with parents of “picky eaters.” It helped open my eyes to a completely new perspective of feeding a child and helped me respect the autonomy of a child. Children know how to grow! ​Great course, I found it very useful and informative. Lots of great resources also.

Registered Dietitian

I have read Ellyn Satter’s book and I thought I knew about fdSatter/sDOR, but this workshop really made all the pieces fall into place, and I understand the model even better now and most importantly how to transfer my knowledge to practice.


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