Real Food for Real Life: Learning How to Prevent and Solve Childhood and Teen Eating Problems

November 17, 2018 9:30 am


Columbia School of Social Work 1255 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10027

6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers. For other states please email
$250 single; $200 each for 5 or more

Alumni will receive a $50 discount. Please email for the promotional code. Your email should contain your name and the year you graduated.

*Open to the public


According to the CDC, 1 and 5 school age children and young people has obesity. Almost half of children between 1st-3rd grade want to be thinner and half of 9-10 year old girls are dieting. Unsurprisingly then, almost 90% of the adult female population has disordered eating. Despite the evidence that curing problematic eating patterns requires cognitive and behavioral interventions, there is little information beyond the focus on food itself, that helps to inform and offer help to families who worry and struggle with children and teens who develop problems with compulsive overeating, obesity, restrictiveness, anorexia, bulimia and a general anxiety and over preoccupation with food at the expense of other aspects of their development.

This workshop will look at feeding children and teens from a cognitive, attitudinal, behavioral and nutritional lens, and will focus on giving participants the skills to help individuals, families, teachers, and/or administrators to either develop programs, and/or work with clients directly to prevent and/or cure eating problems.

Workshop Description

This workshop integrates a combination of Didactic Lecture, Psycho-Education, (PowerPoint), Case Discussion and Discussion. Each section of the course will be devoted to didactic lecture, while weaving in clinical experience, and a good degree of Q &A and case discussion for participants. Specific exercises will be taught and simulated in vivo. Ways to creatively apply the information given in the course to diverse settings and populations; i.e. physicians, schools, child agencies, family agencies along with clinical direct practice with families and children will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completing the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify a presenting problem.
  • Write out the Assessment Framework.
  • Formulate a Treatment Plan and possible options for collateral referrals.
  • Assess for Sensory Integration, ARFID and rule out other Medical Issues.
  • Identify the Components of the 4Step Prevention and Intervention Program.
  • Apply the Compenents of the 4Step Prevention and Intervention Program within diverse settings.


Donna Fish L.C.S.W.-R runs a private practice and has been on the faculty of CUSSW, Harvard Medical School Dept. of Continuing Education, and Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia NYC. She has been a lecturer and consultant to the Departments of Psychiatry, Social Work, and Pediatric Metabolic Disorders Clinic at Mount Sinai and Bellevue Hospital, NYC) as well as a frequent guest lecturer at many, colleges, community agencies and schools across the country and in Canada. With the publication of her book, Take the Fight Out of Food: how to Prevent and Solve Your Child’s Eating Problems, she has been a frequent contributor to MSNBC, The Today Show, Fox News Channel, NPR, WNYC, 1010 WINS and multiple other television and radio shows. A former dancer, Ms. Fish also is a consultant and educator on ‘Mental Fitness’ for The Juilliard School, NYU Dance Dept., The Actors Fund, and School of American Ballet. She currently writes for The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today.

Continuing Education Contact Hours Information

6.5 contact hours will be awarded for NYS, NJ and CT licensed social workers. Licensed Social Workers for other states, please email In order to receive your continuing education certificate, you must attend the entire workshop. Certificates will be emailed within 30 days of the workshop. CSSW is an approved NYSED provider (Provider #SW- 0021) for continuing education contact hours and a CSWE accredited institution.

Special Accommodations and Grievance Policy

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Cancellation policy: Fees will be refunded less a $5.00 processing fee, if written notification is received by the Office of Professional Excellence up to two weeks prior to the workshop date.

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