Inspiring & Supporting Behavior Change, 2nd Edition Course

Credits: 14
Course Expiration: May 26, 2020
Professional Approvals: CDR, NCBDE
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Learn the effective techniques the counselor can use to impact client success and empower clients.

The authors outline five steps for goal setting including scripted examples, discuss identifying the stages of change and how to apply them in practice. They define motivational interviewing and discuss guiding principles and techniques for using it including open ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening and rolling with resistance.

  • Includes extensive dialogue on goal setting using the WHAT system
  • Addresses issues beyond the need for nutrition counseling including mental and emotional health issues, how to address them, tools to use for screening, and when to refer to other experts
  • Provides suggestions for using alternative methods including meditation, positive thinking, deep breathing, gratitude, expressive writing, journaling, humor, distraction, and prayer
  • Provides recommendations for helping clients with long term support including continued individual sessions, group sessions, peer support, and technology
  • Addresses other conditions for counselor awareness including health literacy, cultural and ethnic diversity, and identifying and addressing bias
  • Provides counseling tips throughout the book
  • Offers numerous additional resources to support each chapter topic

Already have the book? Under “Product Options” simply choose “Certificate Only” to purchase the CPE Self-Study Program.

“As a nutrition and dietetics professor, it is wonderful to see such high-quality educational opportunities for registered dietitian nutritionists. Becky Dorner & Associates provides educational opportunities for topics that are on the cutting edge of nutrition research and practical application.”
- SeAnne Safaii-Waite, PhD, RDN, LD, Associate Professor of Foods and Nutrition, University of Idaho

After completing this continuing education course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Determine how to structure counseling sessions to empower the client to be self-efficient.
  2. Identify client readiness for change and be able to determine the stages of change the client is in at the time of counseling.
  3. Guide the client through the steps of setting and achieving goals.
  4. Utilize decision making tools and processes.
  5. Successfully apply techniques of motivational interviewing.
  6. Understand various conditions contributing to bias and how to appropriately address them.
  7. Understand how to screen for mental and emotional issues and know when to refer to experienced practitioners.
  8. Understand the role of the counselor and the patient.
  9. Implement appropriate interviewing and counseling techniques.

CDR Level: I

Suggested CDR Learning Needs Codes:

  • 1050 Ethics
  • 6010 Behavior change theories, techniques
  • 6020 Counseling, therapy, and facilitation skills

Additional Learning Needs Codes that may apply (including but not limited to): 1040, 3020, 5080, 5090, 7020, 7150

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:

  • 1.3.1 Applies strategies that engage the customer in a collaborative approach.
  • 4.1.5 Recognizes situations where services provided to a customer should be adjusted, limited, modified, or discontinued.
  • 9.1.3 Identifies and analyzes factors that influence behavior change.
  • 9.6.1 Determines and applies counseling theories, psychological methods and strategies that empower customers to make changes.

Additional Performance Indicators may apply (including but not limited to): 1.1.1, 1.1.3, 1.1.5, 1.1.6, 1.1.8, 1.2.2, 1.2.3, 1.3.2, 1.3.3, 1.3.4, 1.3.5, 1.3.6, 2.2.4, 4.1.1, 4.2.2, 8.4.5, 9.1.2, 9.6.2, 9.6.4, 9.6.5, 9.6.6, 9.6.7

Additional Learning Needs Codes and Performance Indicators may apply.

Ann Constance, MA, RD, CDE has worked in a variety of settings including hospital, cardiac rehab, outpatient and clinic. She currently serves as the Director of a community based diabetes program that works to strengthen diabetes care and support across a rural 15 county area. In addition, she acts as a consultant on a variety of health care projects. Ms. Constance has also worked as a seminar leader across the country and has delivered many presentations at state and national conferences and for community groups.

Along with Cecilia Sauter, Ms. Constance authored the book used in this course – Inspiring and Supporting Behavior Change: A Food and Nutrition Professional’s Counseling Guide. She also co-authored the Northshore Diet, a book with healthful eating tips and recipes for the general public, and has had several articles published in peer reviewed journals.

Cecilia Sauter, MS, RD, CDE has over 17 years of clinical dietitian and diabetes educator experience. She has worked in a variety of settings including community outreach clinics, hospitals and as the coordinator for the outpatient diabetes education program at a large teaching hospital. She currently serves as the project lead in training nurses, dietitians and PharmDs in helping patients with chronic diseases set self-management goals as well as developing education programs on chronic disease management of heath professional staff. Ms. Sauter is an experienced lecturer, presenting educational programs in a variety of settings.

Along with Ann Constance, Ms. Sauter authored the book used in this course – Inspiring and Supporting Behavior Change: A Food and Nutrition Professional’s Counseling Guide. In addition, she has served on the board of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, acts as a reviewer for The Diabetes Educator and has been involved with other diabetes editorial boards.