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Professional Mentoring

Stuck on a tricky client?
Motivated to improve your success rate?
Looking for advice on your career in feeding therapy?

We can help.

Sometimes one-on-one attention is just what we need. Booked at an hourly rate, GPI practitioners can work directly with you on applying the Get Permission Approach to a challenging case, or towards your professional goals. Availability is limited.

Interested in group mentoring? It’s included with our Professional’s Membership!

Get Permission Mentors

Co-founded by the nationally-recognized Marsha Dunn Klein, Stephanie Cohen & Karen Dilfer—the Get Permission Institute team loves children, good food, & brings decades of experience to pediatric feeding and mealtime success.

Marsha Dunn Klein


Co-Founder & Senior Instructor

Marsha is a pediatric occupational therapist who has specialized in pediatric feeding for over 50 years. 

She has co-authored Pre-Feeding Skills, First Edition, Pre-Feeding Skills: Second Edition, Mealtime Participation Guide, and Homemade Blended Formula with Suzanne Evans Morris, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. She co-authored Feeding and Nutrition for the Child with Special Needs with Tracy Delaney. 

Marsha is a fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She holds a Masters of Education with emphasis on special education from the University of Arizona, and is trained in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT). Her bachelors of science degree in Occupational Therapy is from Sargent College of Boston University.

Her newest book is Anxious Eaters, Anxious Mealtimes: Practical and Compassionate Strategies for Mealtime Peace. 

Marsha presents to professional communities nationally and internationally. She is a food celebrator and is passionate about supporting children and their families.

Karen Dilfer headshot smiling with grey background

Karen Dilfer


Co-Founder & Senior Instructor

Karen Dilfer is an occupational therapist, feeding specialist, and food enthusiast. She has a strong pediatric background and loves to help children with motor, sensory, and mealtime challenges. 

A Chicago native, Karen enjoys discovering new restaurants and cooking with friends and family. She is a founding member of the Chicago Feeding Group, a non profit organization that seeks to support parents and professionals who work with children who struggle to eat. Karen was recently featured in the Chicago Tribune. 

Karen has a bachelor of science degree from Calvin College and a master’s of science degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She is Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) trained and has also completed post-graduate education in Sensory Integration. 

Karen trained under Marsha Dunn Klein at Mealtime Connections, LLC, in Tucson, Arizona. Karen is a contributing member to the Get Permission team and regularly teaches Get Permission workshops and webinars. She maintains a private practice and actively treats children with feeding challenges. You can learn more about her work at www.eatwithkaren.com

Stephanie Cohen


Co-Founder & Senior Instructor

Stephanie Cohen is a speech-language pathologist and lactation counselor in private practice who has worked with children with complex medical needs and their families for more than 20 years. 

Stephanie has advanced training in feeding and swallowing; she specializes in working with the 0-3 population and is passionate about helping families of children with feeding challenges find ways to make mealtimes more successful and enjoyable. 

Stephanie has bachelor of arts and master of science degrees from Northwestern University. She maintains a private practice in Northbrook, IL and is a credentialed evaluator and provider in the IL Early Intervention program. 

Stephanie speaks about a variety of topics, including typical and atypical feeding development, responsive feeding, and trauma-informed feeding assessment and treatment. She enjoys mentoring, collaborating, and teaching. Stephanie’s first children’s book, My First Learn-To-Talk Book, was released in June 2022. Stephanie is also the author of the My First Learn-to-Talk board book series (Sourcebooks).

Stephanie lives in Northbrook, IL with her husband and three children.

BreAnne Robison


Instructor & Community Engagement

Bre is an occupational therapist who loves feeding and loves children! She received her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Arizona and then worked in the public school systems for two years as a special education aid, while providing respite and habilitation to children with special needs. She went on to complete her Masters in Occupational Therapy at A.T. Still University in Phoenix. 

Bre completed the Marsha Dunn Klein Feeding Fellowship Program, and is an active clinician at a local pediatric outpatient clinic utilizing the Get Permission Approach. She has co-taught a course with Marsha Dunn Klein, and she serves Get Permission members with course administration and as our community engagement manager

Bre resides in Tucson, AZ with her husband and two children.


How Does 1-on-1 Mentorship Work?

Step 1

Get In Touch

Use the form below to start the process! Express your interest in 1-on-1 mentoring, including your professional background and what you'd like to accomplish, from personalized help with a tricky case, to professional development advice.
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Step 2

Mentor Match

We match you with the GPI professional mentor with the next availability and the right expertise to help you meet your goals.

Know exactly who you'd like to meet with? You can request that here too.
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Step 3

Invitation to Register & Choose Your Goal

Your matched mentor will send an invitation to register and send payment via our secure platform.

You'll select a goal, which might include advanced consultation for a tricky client, or advice on advancing your career. Goals are flexible, but often start with 2-5 sessions.
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Custom Scheduling Online

We know that we're both busy! Once registered, you'll receive private access to the mentor's online scheduling calendar to book sessions that work for both of you, even as you juggle clients and more.

Sessions are typically 50 minutes each.
Step 4
2-5+ Sessions

Private Video Session

You and your mentor will meet typically via a personal secure video call on a platform such as Zoom, which makes it easy to get personal interaction and share learning aids, all from the comfort of your couch.
2-5+ Sessions

Aim For Success!

We can't wait to hear what you accomplish with just a little help as we work together to solve your problems and meet your treatment and professional goals.

Are GPI Courses a pre-requisite for mentoring?

No, our courses are not required. But we do know that our 16-hour+ Master Courses are the most comprehensive introduction we can provide to the Get Permission Approach (and a huge value!) so if you haven’t taken them or had the equivalent experience, we think the courses are the best starting place for many of our community.

How often are mentoring sessions scheduled?

They are scheduled case by case using our online scheduling tool, so they could be weekly, monthly, or something in-between.

Is a discount available for the mentoring fees?

Yes! GPI Professional Members are eligible for a discount on 1-on-1 mentoring sessions, and since membership includes other benefits like course enrollment discounts and included group mentoring, this is a great deal for most folks.

Mentoring Inquiry Form