Excellent counselling skills are essential for best practice, but it is not a skill that comes naturally. Understanding the difference between nutrition education and nutrition counselling, learning to ask good questions, and identifying barriers to communications with clients all require awareness and precision on the part of the dietitian.
Dietitians of Canada’s new mobile learning program – Counselling for Behaviour Change – provides just the right balance of practical information and the supporting research together with background reading to allow you to reflect on your own client interactions and practice new approaches.
Developed by Hollie Raynor, PhD, RD, LDN of the University of Tennessee with an expert advisory committee, this PEN® approved program is based on Instigating and Implementing Eating and Physical Activity Behaviour Change: A Lifestyle Intervention Manual and Toolkit.
Dr. Raynor combines her training in nutrition and psychology in her research in eating regulation, specifically those factors that affect satiety and behaviour interventions in obesity. The program uses the best in e-learning by combining video, case studies and self-reflections with practice tools and further readings. It includes an end of program exam and a certificate of completion for your professional learning portfolio. The program is available 24/7 and you have 90 days to complete the program from the date you register.
To register or to find more information visit www.dietitians.ca/elearning
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Director Professional Practice Development and Support
Dietitians of Canada