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Inspiring & Supporting Behavior Change - CPE Self Study Program - CE31

Order this hard copy manual and receive the following recorded FREE webinar: Motivational Interviewing for Health Behavior Change - 1.5 Hour CPE (You do not need to add the webinars to your cart. This will be done automatically)

Inspiring and Supporting Behavior Change: A Food, Nutrition, & Health Professional’s Counseling Guide, Second Edition

CPE Self-study Course: 14 Hours
Hard Copy Book and Course with Web-based test
Course Expires 5/26/20

This self-study CPE program describes effective and ineffective techniques of the counselor that impact client success, and defines empowerment, and details techniques to empower clients. The authors outline five steps for goal setting including scripted examples. They also detail and discuss identifying the stages of change and them how to apply them in practice. The authors define motivational interviewing and discuss guiding principles and techniques for using it including open ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening and rolling with resistance. In addition, the book:

  • 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


After completion of this CPE program, participants will 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 Top 4 CDR Learning Needs Codes and Performance Indicators:

(1050) Ethics

  • 1.3.1 Applies strategies that engage the customer in a collaborative approach. 

(4090) Health behaviors; smoking cessation, stress management

  • 9.6.1 Determines and applies counseling theories, psychological methods and strategies that empower customers to make changes.

(6010) Behavior change theories, techniques

  • 9.1.3 Identifies and analyzes factors that influence behavior change.

(6020) Counseling, therapy, and facilitation skills

  • 4.1.5 Recognizes situations where services provided to a customer should be adjusted, limited, modified, or discontinued.

Note: Numerous other CDR Learning Needs Codes and Performance Indicators may apply.

Accreditation Details and Instructions for Obtaining CPE Certificate 

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

About the Authors

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.