Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

PARENT WORKSHOP: Nourishing Your Child from the Inside Out: Tips for Helping your Child Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food and Body Image

Tuesday, February 7, 2023
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

$25healthy body image
Led by Alisa Schwartz, PhD and Rachel Engelhart, RD, LPC

At a surprisingly young age, children internalize messages from our culture and from their families about body image.  This virtual workshop will focus on steps that parents can take from the beginning to help children and families develop healthy relationships to food and body image, avoid power struggles around food, address picky eating and enhance self-esteem.  Participants will leave the Zoom room with concrete strategies and suggestions for raising healthy and confident children. 


About the Facilitators:

Rachel Engelhart, RD, LPC, is a registered dietitian, licensed professional counselor, and certified intuitive eating counselor specializing in eating disorders, self esteem, and body image concerns across the age spectrum. Rachel started her career at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York working as an inpatient dietitian. With a strong desire to address the underlying emotional issues that impact eating, she chose to pursue a Master of Arts in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness at New York University. Rachel trained at Mount Sinai's Eating Disorders Program, and after moving to Washington DC, worked at Children's National Medical Center in their Outpatient Eating Disorders Program.
Rachel works with people of all ages struggling with eating disorders, picky eating, self-esteem and body image issues. Rachel sees patients in the DMV and offers virtual and home-based nutrition counseling to assist families in cultivating a healthier food environment at home.

Alisa Schwartz, PhD. is a clinical psychologist with a group practice in Dupont Circle. She works with a wide range of older adolescents and adults with mood issues, relationship, school and career issues. She has a specialty in the area of eating disorders and body image issues. She feels passionate about helping people to increase their self-esteem and have a healthier relationship with food and their bodies. She began her career at Renfrew, a center committed to the treatment of women with eating disorders. She then worked at Columbia University where she was the head of the interdisciplinary eating disorder team. After moving to DC in 2007, she joined the counseling center at Georgetown University and worked as both a generalist and eating disorder specialist. For the past nine years she has dedicated herself to private practice, supervising therapists in training, and speaking to organizations about mental health, food and body issues, and positive thinking.