Complex relationships with food- traumatised children and young people


The course will provide an overview of the complex issues that traumatised children and young people may experience in relation to food this includes Food restriction and ‘pickiness’ Over eating, binging and preference for fatty, salty, sugary foods ‘Stealing’, storing and hiding food Gagging, vomiting and regurgiation Dislike of textures and tastes, putting things in their mouths- including tooth brushing Overuse of masking flavours such as sauces Social issues including difficulty sharing food, using utensils, sitting at a table with others etc Food clock- eating as strange times, one meal a day etc These difficulties will be discussed within the impact of trauma and lots of suggestions and way to address issues with be shared.

Teaching Methods

There is a fair amount of course material provided which will be delivered via description and dialogue by the facilitator supported by power point slides. Group participation is encouraged throughout and essential to participant learning. This will include video clips, group and small group exercises and examples from practice.

Length of Course

This is a one day training course lasting four to six hours depending on organisational and attendee needs and requirements.


Any appropriately sized room with a projector, screen and flip chart

Group Size

Minimum group size 6. Can be taught to up to 30 at one time. Can be offered as a conference presentation for larger groups.

Who will benefit/target audience

This training day is really interesting and helpful to anyone working with traumatised children and young people particularly those involved in day to day care or responsible for addressing health needs.

Main benefits

Participants will get a sense of how common it is for traumatised children and young people to experience a wide range of difficulties with food and eating. Practitioners will be able to understand such behaviours within the historical context of their children’s trauma and abuse. They will be facilitated to develop approaches and responses to complex relationships with food in order to help them and their children and young people better manage such issues.


The power point presentation will be made available after the training A list of readings and resources will be provided at the end of the power point

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