3-day CPD course |  Back by popular demand |  ION CPD 15 hours

CPD course for professionals

Supporting developing bodies and minds from a functional medicine approach.

This three- day course aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to confidently and safely work with toddlers, pre and primary school aged children, their carers/parents and wider family networks.

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What will I learn?

By the end of this course you will have gained:

  • A deeper and more systematic understanding of how a functional medicine approach can help understand and support children’s physical and behavioural development.
  • An increased critical appreciation of the state of current research around the role of nutrition, environmental exposures, parenting and home environments on gut health, detoxification, immune health, food preferences and eating patterns
  • Practical guidelines and resources and a greater awareness of where to access additional knowledge, research and tools pertinent to these areas
  • A greater ability to critique dietary recommendations, tests and supplements and an increased ability to make decisions in complex and unpredictable clinical situations.
  • For practitioners, a greater awareness and ability to consider safety, legal, ethical issues, and boundary setting when working with children
  • A greater understanding when to refer or work with other practitioners or medical professionals including medical herbalists and homeopaths and their key areas of support

Day 1: Functional medicine approach and supporting the developing gut

Day 2: Environmental toxicants and supporting the developing immune system

Day 3: Childhood food preferences and eating patterns. Signposting to other practitioners

Full day programme



Who is this course for?

  • Nutritional therapists, nutritionists, dieticians, naturopaths
  • Other health practitioners who are interested in exploring how nutrition might support children’s health and understanding who they can refer to
  • Researchers/academics/health writers and communicators with an appropriate scientific background 
  • Nutrition students in the final year of training



    What's included?

    • Presentation materials
    • Drinks and light refreshments
    • The chance to interact with highly experienced speakers and gain answers and ideas pertinent to your work
    • An opportunity to network with other individuals in the field of nutrition and children’s health and to make useful contacts



    Who will teach this course?

    Kate Delmar Morgan is a registered Nutritional Therapist practicing in South West London.  She lectures in child nutrition at ION and works with children and their parents in her private practice. 

    Jules Cattell is an experienced nutritionist and Clinical Tutor on the MSc Nutritional Therapy course at the University of Westminster.  She has a particular interest in children’s health issues and having trained at the Autism Research Institute in California.

    Dr Rachel Nicoll came to nutritional and environmental medicine after suffering mercury poisoning which had chronic health consequences .  She now brings the environmental medicine into public and academic consciousness and is a regular lecturer on ION short courses.

    Christine Bailey is an award winning nutritionist and chef and author of over 14 recipe and health books. 

    Belinda Blake is an experienced Nutritional Therapist and lecturer with a passion for food and a creative approach to teaching. She has long been fascinated by the traditions behind the use of foods for healing.

    Sarah Huges is a Medical Herbalist and a Nutritional therapist who has been in practice since 2006, both in Ireland and the North of England. 

    Caroline Gaskin is a homeopath and holistic health coach with 20 years' experience.



    How will I be taught?

    The course will include short sessions of lectures to establish key concepts and scientific underpinnings and help appraise the state of current research, followed by case study exercises, group work and discussions to consolidate learning and encourage critical thinking. Space is limited to 35 participants. You will be provided with essential information, practical tips and take home resources to help quickly implement learning from the course into your work. 

    Materials will be provided electronically approximately two weeks before the course.  If you book less than 5 working days before the course or on the day, we cannot guarantee that you will receive the link until after the course.  ION will provide any materials needed for group work on the day but not other materials.

    PLEASE NOTE: Education research demonstrates that participants learn most when they focus on the speaker and write their own short personalised notes rather than writing on the materials provided. We therefore encourage participants to use them as reference materials when home and there is no need to print them all for the day. We encourage participants to think in advance about the key questions you would like answered by the day and for you to tailor your learning, questioning and note taking to address these.



    Good to know

    • Registration starts at 9:30AM
    • Please check you have read ION’s FAQs including our cancellation and refund policy before booking
    • If registering as a student, ID proof will be required on the day. Failure to bring proof will result in the full price of the event being invoiced
    • Price includes drink and light refreshments throughout the day. Lunch is not provided but there is a fantastic selection of cafes and restaurants within a 5 minute walk as well as a range of independent and high street shops and attractive outdoor spaces, including a section along the River Thames.
    • Use of public transport is advised. There is no free parking in the immediate area. For full parking details visit the Richmond Council website
    • An electronic link to course materials/handouts (if any) will be provided approximately two weeks in advance
    Early bird prices: £450 for practitioners (until Tuesday 22nd January 2019), saving £150

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    Ticket Quantity Price

    Children’s Health March '19 - Practitioner

    Decrease Increase £600.00

    Children’s Health March '19 - Student

    Decrease Increase £450.00