Counselling for Behaviour Change

BUY ITEM | $ 175.00

Dietitians of Canada’s Counselling for Behaviour Change course is an evidence-based, self-paced learning program that provides valuable insights on counselling strategies that support behaviour change. The program includes illustrative examples of effective counselling, worksheets and resources to use with clients, additional readings and references as well as practical tools for you to use every day.

Developed by Dr. Hollie Raynor, PhD, RD, LDN with the assistance of an expert Advisory Committee, the course is a balance of practical information, research and background materials that will serve you well as you think about nutrition counselling and nutrition education. It was designed for both those just entering dietetic practice as well as those who wish to hone their skills in this important area. 

After completing this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between nutrition education and nutrition counselling.
  2. Evaluate several evidence-based therapeutic counselling models that are used to promote behaviour change.
  3. Compare and practice the counselling techniques and strategies involved in effective client-centered lifestyle intervention.
  4. Analyze the client worksheets that may be useful in your nutrition counselling practice.
  5. Reflect on your own counselling style and generate a plan to incorporate new techniques and strategies into your clinical practice.

The course consists of 5 modules with the following features:

  • Extensive evidence review and specific practice guidance.
  • Videos and role-plays to enhance learner understanding.
  • Case studies and self-reflection questions to facilitate retention and application of the course content.
  • A copy of the updated 2021 version of the Instigating and Implementing Eating and Physical Activity Behaviour Change: A Lifestyle Intervention Manual and Toolkit, 3rd Edition.
  • Links to further resources (some have associated costs to access).
  • End of course exam.
  • A personal certificate of successful completion.
  • A self-reflection record to be used to support your annual professional development plan.

This course supports learning (Knows and Knows How) related to some aspects of the following ICDEPs version 3.0:

1. Food and Nutrition Expertise

1.05: Apply understanding of dietary practices

1.06: Integrate nutrition care principles and practices

2. Professionalism and Ethics

2.04: Employ a client-centred approach

2.10: Engage in reflective practice

3. Communication and Collaboration

3.01: Use appropriate communication approaches

3.05: Use effective interpersonal skills

4. Management and Leadership

4.06: Foster learning in others

5. Nutrition Care

5.01: Conduct nutrition assessment

5.02: Determine nutrition diagnosis

5.03: Plan nutrition intervention(s)

5.05: Monitor intervention(s) and evaluate achievement of nutrition goals

This program has been created with the extensive support of the DC Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiovascular Network.

The course content was fully updated in spring 2014 with a partial update in winter 2022 to include the updated Lifestyle Intervention Manual & Toolkit, 3rd Edition. This course is expected to take between 5 to 6 hours to complete. The certificate of completion will indicate 5.0 Credit Hours once you have successfully completed the program.


DC Members: $87.50

Non-Members: $175.00

DC Student Members: $43.75

Your purchase entitles you to unlimited access to course materials for 90 days from the date you register. You may purchase a 30-day extension here.

Contact for more details on how to purchase this course for more than one person. Discounted rates are available for groups of students, stagiaires and interns

Last Updated: September 12, 2023

Type: Online Courses

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