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VISION Treating the Dieting Casualty Workshop


Coming Virtually June 13, 2024

Are you looking for a way to help your clients normalize their relationship with food after years of dieting or disordered eating? This intensive workshop trains professionals in Satter’s How to Eat method. The method has been refined by Ellyn Satter in over 35 years of clinical practice.

Register 2 to 4 from the same institution and save! The Treating the Dieting Casualty VISION downloadable training manual, is valued at $289 and is included with your registration fee. Approved for 38.75 CEUs from the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

“Hands down this was one of the best courses I’ve done as a dietitian and have loved every minute of it! Peggy and Jennifer were so wonderful, wise and fun in the live sessions. Thank you all again!”

“Overall I must admit it turned out to be the most valuable workshop I’ve taken ever (and after the 1st VISION workshop I thought it it is simply impossible) 🙂”

“This is a forum to change the lives of many unhappy people.”

“This training has helped me get back to nutrition. I had been thinking that to work in the way I wanted, I would have to get a counseling or mental health degree. Now I can help with eating behaviors with- out having to leave the profession.”

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About Treating the Dieting Casualty 

At the heart of a good relationship with food is the principle of Eating Competence: Practical, reliable, joyful, food-neutral and weight-neutral eating that supports physical, nutritional, and emotional well-being. Dieting casualties experience the opposite of Eating Competence: They are trapped in the anguish and frustration of struggling with their eating and/or weight. Treating the Dieting Casualty is an in-depth workshop that trains you, the health/mental health professional, to help your patients become Eating Competent. You will learn the How to Eat method of assessment and treatment refined by Ellyn Satter in over 35 years of clinical practice and successfully applied by hundreds of professionals who have taken this workshop. While How to Eat carefully avoids doing psychotherapy, successful application profoundly impacts patients’ quality of life and emotional and physical well-being.

Learn how to help patients struggling with their weight

Dieting casualties simply do not know how to eat. They represent the extreme of today’s all-too-common struggle with what and how much to eat. They feel undeserving of eating pleasure and experience eating as unrelenting misery, conflict, and shame. They strive to live by the credo, “don’t eat so much; don’t eat the foods you like,” and may have repeatedly lost and regained weight. Dieting casualties are so insensitive to and mistrustful of their wants and needs with eating that they can only respond to extremes of hunger, food craving, and fullness. The dieting casualty might binge and starve, be rigidly picky, fail at following a therapeutic diet, or be obsessed with eating healthy food. While their struggle with eating plays a central role in life, they aren’t eating disordered.

  • Individuals who successfully complete the How to Eat intervention gain Eating Competence: They are tuned in, orderly, relaxed, and positive about eating.
  • How to Eat empowers patients to determine what and how much to eat based on internal regulators, stabilize body weight, and internalize weight-neutral approaches to weight issues.
  • How to Eat can be used for doing medical nutrition therapy with patients suffering from medical conditions: Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal issues, weight acceleration and/or instability.
  • How to Eat is not appropriate during the critical phase of anorexia nervosa. However, How to Eat may be used to establish Eating Competence for those who have recovered from the critical phase.


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

  • Understand and implement How to Eat by doing secondary intervention (detailed assessment and treatment) in addressing eating attitudes and behaviors, weight preoccupation, and activity.
  • Cite literature addressing the theoretical underpinnings and evidence for the Satter Eating Competence Model and a weight-neutral approach to health.
  • State the theoretical basis of treatment.
  • Consider the childhood antecedents of compromised Eating Competence in assessment and treatment.
  • Differentiate among providing education and doing treatment in addressing child feeding problems, as well as know how to avoid straying into doing psychotherapy.
  • Understand and apply treatment based on a defined sequence of tasks to shape eating and tested cognitive and behavioral modification protocols: relaxation, self-awareness, desensitization, paradox, and self-acceptance training.
  • Address eating for emotional reasons.

Will you benefit from attending?

  • Are you an experienced professional who works with people who have established and entrenched distortions in eating attitudes and behaviors?
  • Do you work in health or mental health?
  • Are you looking for training in behavioral intervention that doesn’t require your going back to graduate school?
  • Are you very familiar with the Satter Eating Competence Model and the Satter Feeding Dynamics Model?
  • Are you willing and able to do reading and self-study to prepare for this workshop:


  • Dates:  Virtually starting June, 2024
  • Learning modes: Lecture, case study, video, problem-solving, role-playing, discussion.
  • Weekly live Q&A/discussion:  Every Thursday for 8 weeks starting June 13, 2024 at 4:00 pm CT
  • Contact hours: Forty hours of continuing education. Certificates of completion awarded.
  • Fee for workshop includes downloadable manual valued at $289, handouts.
    • Registration:  $1,175 for individual; $1,075 for 2 or more participants; $975 for 4 + participants from same agency.
    • 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]

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.

2 reviews for VISION Treating the Dieting Casualty Workshop

  1. Cristen Harris

    TDC is Truly Transformative!

    Since taking TDC in 2017, I find that what grounds me in the moment is “STRONG PERMISSION”… truly. An “old me” would have helped clients set goals towards slowing down, eating while sitting at the table with no TV, creating “comfort menus” for alternative coping, etc. But the enlightened experience for me with TDC was facilitating the client to have and/or come up with these experiences for themselves… to give them STRONG permission with however and whatever they’re eating now… and it has been gratifying. I have so many moments in sessions in which I am impressed and astounded that the client found out for themselves through experience and/or came up with ideas for things they want to try (aka goals) that I would have suggested if I were giving the directions. Staying with the experience of eating and the feelings associated with it in session are so much more powerful and impactful for clients… and truly help them put their weight on the shelf.



    TDC gave me the tools to move forward in applying a model that truly supports my client’s wellbeing and transformation towards real health.

    If I could summarize the How to Eat method in a word, it would be TRUST.

    I learned that I can trust my clients, and that when I trust them, and don’t go to the usual “approach” of telling them the solutions myself, they come up with the best solutions, through their inner knowledge.

    If I trust them, they can trust themselves again, they can tap into their own wisdom, for an experience that is truly transformative.

    For me, this is real health, assisting our clients in trusting their bodies again, blessing their choices, and helping them to find the joy of eating back.

    After TDC, I had an experience with the most incredible patient, I was lucky to work with her.

    She had been struggling with her weight for a couple of years, and last year she travelled to Japan for a scholarship. She was there for 3 months, and with no struggles, lost the weight she had been actively trying to lose. She came to see me, because after 1 month of arriving the weight was creeping back.

    As opposed to start looking where “to fix” things and setting goals for her, as I learned as an RD, I started working as I just learned in TDC, with a breathing, centering exercise, and asked her about her experience.

    It was truly enlightening, after the exercise, she just said: “this is what was different for me in Japan, food was sacred.” She realized by herself, that at home she was rushing or struggling, instead of just relaxing and enjoying her food. Something so simple and powerful, that had nothing to do with diets, and something that she knew, I didn’t have to tell her.

    She came with her solution, from her wisdom, which makes it all more powerful.

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