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The Mental Health And Nutrition Connection

April 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This training presents an in-depth perspective into mealtime development and the connections we make between food and mental health. Based on theories of health behavior change, influences on our food choices are initiated early in development. Environmental characteristics either assist or significantly disrupt the formation of a positive relationship with food. The way in which mealtime is approached and the labels we receive when it comes to feeding, including “the picky eater,” the “food neophobic eater,” and the “avoidant/restrictive” eater, can have a major impact on one’s mental health status into adulthood.

Our food choices are further affected by environmental stressors, trauma, and family dynamics leading into strains on the gut-brain axis and the overwhelming obesity epidemic. By enhancing the mealtime environment and furthering our understanding of health behavior change, we can utilize preventative measures to heal the connections made with food.

Learn how traumatic experiences may influence our relationships with food: adverse childhood experiences, health disparities, and the obesity epidemic.

6 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs, NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts and NYS Licensed Psychologists upon completion of training.

*Please note that a lunch break is scheduled from 12pm-1pm.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the training:

-participants will list the building blocks of mealtime and explain how early feeding experiences affect development.

-participants will gain an understanding of several theoretical constructs of health behavior change to feeding practices and the impacts environmental stressors have on the food relationship.

-participants will define the characteristics of ARFID and make connections to the diagnostic impacts on mental health.

-participants will analyze the gut-brain axis to understand how the body responds to stress and explain the override of hunger and satiety cues.

-participants will select 3 key strategies for enhancing the mealtime environment focusing on preventative measure to health disparities

In accordance with the NY State Department of Education guidelines, in order to receive continuing education contact hours, a participant needs to be present for the duration of the workshop/training. Therefore, participants who arrive late or leave the event early will not be granted a certificate of completion.

​Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be provided for cancellations made in writing up the day before the event.

Accommodations and Accessibility: HVPD welcomes participants with diverse abilities. Please contact us at info@hudsonvalleyprofessionaldevelopment.com to request accessibility accommodations. Accommodation requests are considered in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.