This training will equip parents and professionals with practical knowledge and tools for helping to heal feeding and eating issues with traumatized youth. Children in the foster care system have all experienced some type of trauma and their attachment process has been disrupted. Feeding and Eating disorders are a way for these children to take control of their chaotic situations. Without proper treatment and interventions, symptoms can quickly escalate becoming frustrating, tiring and defeating for parents. This training will explore the importance of healing attachment while healing the eating and feeding problems. We will discuss the basic understandings of attachment and its relationship to feeding and eating problems, basic knowledge of feeding and eating disorders, and treatment protocols and guidelines as they apply to feeding, eating and attachment.
Charline Bengtson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), a Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Board Member, the MAMFT Greater MN Committee Chair, an AAMFT Clinical Fellow and an EDIT Certified Level III Practitioner. She is currently working towards becoming an AAMFT approved supervisor.
Charline obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota. After completing undergraduate studies, she completed a year of Americorps service and was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Following her year with Americorps, she returned to graduate school at Argosy University and Adler Graduate School and obtained her Masters in Counseling and Psychotherapy. Charline has been practicing at LifeSeasons Professional Counseling, LLC in Willmar & Paynesville, MN since 2010. Charline also provides speaking engagements and trainings on various mental health related topics, issues related to eating disorders, adoption, and the LGBT community.