Nutrition Counseling and Education Skills: A Guide for Professionals, 7th Edition Course

Credits: 15
Course Expiration: June 24, 2021
Professional Approvals: CDR, NCBDE, CBDM
Availability:Currently Available
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This course focuses on strengthening communication, counseling and education skills, which are fundamental for professional practice.

Effective communication skills are important whether the nutrition professional is working in clinical, community, management, research or food service settings. As the scope of practice for nutrition professionals continues to expand encompassing a wider and more diverse audience, effective counseling and education skills are essential. The course is divided into three sections: Communication Skills, Counseling for Health Behavior Change, and Education Skills.

The Nutrition Care Process (NCP) is the basis for the Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance and the NCP terminology connects practice intervention with outcomes. Effective nutrition interventions should be based on evidence-based theories, models and strategies, clinical nutrition principles, and the knowledge for a variety of behavioral science and educational approaches. The nutrition professional should customize the choice of theory or model to each client’s particular situation.

The models and theories such as the Health Belief Model, behavioral theory, social-cognitive theory and motivational interviewing, or the trans theoretical model of behavior are all detailed. The case studies in each chapter along with case analysis questions strengthen the concepts presented.

Course includes hard copy book and 1 certificate.

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

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

  1. Describe the role of the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) in this evolving area of nutrition practice.
  2. Identify common communication barriers and how to overcome them.
  3. Implement effective interviewing techniques to improve counseling skills.
  4. Integrate key counseling strategies that are effective in culturally diverse populations.
  5. Assess a client’s stages of change using the transtheoretical model to guide the client’s timing and content of interventions for better health.
  6. Explain communication methods used in motivational interviewing including the role of effective listening.
  7. Apply behavior modification principles in a variety of clinical settings.
  8. Explain the types of cognitive distortions and the effect they have on the client’s behavior.
  9. Evaluate the preventative health nutrition focus for each life span group.
  10. Compare and contrast learning theories and strategies.
  11. Define the important steps necessary to plan effective learning sessions.
  12. Demonstrate knowledge of the educational methods and techniques appropriate in the cognitive, effective, and psychomotor domains.
  13. Create effective instructional material and oral presentations that enhance learning.

This course is approved for: RDNs, NDTRs, CDEs and CBDMs

CDR Activity Number: 142013     Self Study Activity Type: 720 Printed
CPE Level: 1

Suggested CDR Learning Needs Codes:

  • 1040 Cultural Sensitivity
  • 6010 Education training and counseling – behavior change theories and techniques
  • 6060 Learning needs assessment, learning plan development and evaluation
  • 6070 Interviewing and listening skills

Additional Learning Needs Codes that may apply: 1130, 5020, 5090, 6020, 6030, 6040, 6050, 7020

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:

  • 2.1.3 Tailors message to meet the needs of the target audience.
  • 9.1.2 Identifies and works to minimize and overcome barriers to learning
  • 9.3.3 Develops and/or selects culturally sensitive, evidence-based materials that are appropriate to audience
  • 9.4.5 Implements an individualized teaching plan in order to promote, maintain and enhance nutritional health and learning

Additional Performance Indicators that may apply: 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.7, 9.1.1,9.2.2, 9.2.3, 9.3.5 9.4.2, 9.4.4, 9.5.3, 9.5.5, 9.6.1, 9.6.4, 9.6.5, 9.6.6

Additional Learning Needs Codes and Performance Indicators may apply.


This course is also approved by the Certifying Board of Dietary Managers (CDBM): 10/1/18-12/31/21

Hours: 15 General CE

Approval Number: 163916

Each CDM in attendance will be required to report their CE hours by logging into their online account at CDMs are to retain a copy of the certificate of completion in the event they are audited.

From CBDM: “All CBDM Prior Approved programs are subjected to the CE hour limitations for a program type as defined by CBDM policy. For more information, please refer to The CBDM Guide to Maintaining your Credential”.

Betsy B. Holli, EdD, RDN, LDN
Professor Emeritus, Department of Nutrition Services
Dominican University
River Forest, IL

Judith A. Beto, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND
Professor Emeritus, Department of Nutrition Sciences
Dominican University
River Forest, IL

Research Associate, Nephrology and Hypertension
Loyola University Chicago, Health Sciences
Maywood, IL