training session

Weight, Body Image, and Eating Disorder Sensitivity Training for Dietitians: Helping without Harming (Accredited)

Courtenay Vickers, RD and Katie Haneke, RD

Accreditation: 2 CEU credits through the Commission on Dietetic Registration

Workshop audience: Dietitians, nutritionists (students and working professionals), we invite those in academia, public health, foodservice, dietetic interns, nutrition students.

Workshop Description

This interactive workshop provides guidance on how to share nutrition information in a way that minimizes the risk of triggering disordered eating, and reduces weight stigma. Participants will explore the impact of a practitioner’s language when discussing food, body image, and weight whether this is through individual client interactions or information shared through avenues such as social media, print resources, or public speaking engagements.

Dietitians and nutritionists from a variety of settings will benefit from this session, not just those in primary care. We invite those in academia, public health, foodservice, dietetic interns, nutrition students. This session is designed for dietitians who are not currently focusing their practice on working with clients living with an eating disorder and have not received much training in this area. However, all interested practitioners are welcome to attend.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session, you will

  1. Be able to identify your own beliefs and attitudes towards food and weight and how these may impact your current practice. 

  2. Be able to identify some of the signs a client may be struggling with their body image and/or relationship with food.

  3. Have improved knowledge of how to engage clients in discussions around nutrition and their health in a way that minimizes the risk of disordered eating/eating disorders.


●     Self reflection exercise to help participants identify their beliefs and attitudes towards food and weight

●     Some signs to look for that may indicate an individual is struggling with their body image and/or relationship with food

●     Interactive case studies

●     Break out rooms to discuss the case studies with other participants

●     Summary of key points to consider to minimize the risk of triggering others when discussing/sharing information on food or body image

●     Resources provided can be used by practitioners in a variety of settings

Workshop Organizers

Courtenay Vickers RD

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Courtenay is a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of Ontario. She studied at Acadia University in Nova Scotia where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. She then went on to complete her dietetic internship in Truro, Nova Scotia before starting her career as a Dietitian in Calgary, Alberta. During her four years in Calgary, Courtenay worked in urban and rural hospital settings, and outpatient counselling where she gained experience in working with clients with various forms of eating disorders and disordered eating. She has also completed online training courses specifically designed for dietitians supporting individuals with eating disorders. Courtenay has recently moved to Hamilton where she has started her own private practice focusing on eating disorder recovery, intuitive eating, and weight-inclusive nutrition counselling. She is a passionate Health At Every Size® advocate and believes everyone has the right to make peace with food and their body.  Visit

Instagram/Facebook: @courtenayvickersrd

Katie Haneke RD

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Katie Haneke is a Registered Dietitian working at the Grand River Community Health Centre (GRCHC) in Brantford. Katie completed both her Bachelor's degree in Applied Human Nutrition and a combined Master's and dietetic internship program through the University of Guelph. She has experience working in long-term care, but her true passion is community nutrition.

In her time at GRCHC, Katie noticed the lack of support in the Brantford community for clients struggling with an eating disorder, which lead her to seek out training to help address this gap. Katie has completed courses designed specifically for dietitians on supporting individuals with an eating disorder, which inspired her to seek out opportunities to focus her work more in this area. Katie seeks to provide compassionate, client centred care with the ultimate goal of helping clients repair their relationship with food.