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14-15 Aug 2014: Therapeutic Aspects of Food

John WhitwellConference, Tampere, Finland, 14-15 Aug, 2014
Emotional and Therapeutic Aspects of Food
Emotional interaction in treatment of Attachment Trauma

John Whitwell, UK

Food and eating potentially carry a strong emotional load. The training focuses on how to build therapeutic interaction in regard to food, eating and feeding, and how to make use of the underlying emotions and meanings in foster care and other contexts, in treatment of complex trauma.

How can emotions and meanings connected with food, feeding and eating be used in therapeutic interaction and in treatment of childhood trauma in foster care, adoptive care, children's homes and institutions, in various contexts where food and feeding present problems or disorders?

Excerpts from conference program Why is food and eating so emotionally significant · Early interaction and feeding the baby as a basis for safe attachment · Basic security and feeding during the first months of life · Individual connection to a child · Adult's own hang-ups about food · Reacting when a child/adolescent pushes buttons · Food and feeding in care of neglected children · Establishing connection through cooking and shared meals · Fears and anxieties about food · Hoarding and stealing · Eating problems in autistic spectrum and attachment disorder · Routines, rituals and celebrations · Food and nurture. (Detailed program to be announced later.)

Target group Psychologists, medical doctors and psychiatrists, social workers, psychotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, foster and adoptive families … all who are interested in and working with young people suffering from trauma or having problems with food and eating, in different contexts.


Program Draft, changes are possible

Thu 14 Aug, 2014  |  The Emotional Significance of Food

8.30–9.15 Registration and coffee
9.15–9.45 Opening
Pirjo Tuovila, Specialist in developmental and educational psychology
9.45–10.45 Why is food and feeding so emotionally significant?
John Whitwell
10.45–11.00 Break
11.00–12.00 The importance of early interaction and feeding a baby in building a secure attachment
12.00–13.00 Lunch
13.00–14.30 Food and feeding with neglected children
14.30–15.00 Coffee
15.00–16.30 Fears and anxieties about food

Fri 15 Aug, 2014  |  Food and Therapeutic Interaction

8.30–9.30 Understanding adults’ own hang-ups about food
John Whitwell
9.30–10.00 Coffee
10.00–11.15 Hoarding and stealing food
11.15–12.15 Lunch
12.15–13.30 Creating loving  contact through food and eating practices
13.30–14.00 Coffee
14.00–15.15 Routines, rules, rituals and celebrations
15.15–15.30 Closing

Excellent simultaneous interpreting English-Finnish-English.

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