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Motivational Interviewing: Integrating the Total Diet Approach

Motivational InterviewingNutrition counseling is more effective when using motivational interviewing techniques and considering total diet. How to integrate total diet while counseling is rarely addressed. This module, designed for entry level health professionals, demonstrates simple techniques using food group assessments and motivational interviewing techniques to achieve desired client behavior change.

The course consists of a 45-minute narrated PowerPoint presentation and written course materials. Viewing and listening to the full presentation, reviewing the written course materials and taking the CE examination is worth 2 continuing education (CE) credits. The course is free to view and read. To purchase the posttest from for CE credit, see directions below.

How to take the course:

1. Download the PDF Handout. The handout includes the following:

  • ADA Position Total Diet Approach
  • Monograph Unintended Consequences
  • Motivational Interviewing (usage approved by author)
  • Health Connections Dietary Patterns
  • Ellyn Satter -  Joy of Eating (usage approved by author)

2. Listen to the 45-minute narrated PowerPoint Motivational Interviewing: Integrating the Total Diet Approach

3. If desired, follow this link to take the posttest and receive a certificate of completion for your professional portfolio. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to: 

  • Verbalize an understanding of embedding specific nutrition information in a total diet context.
  • Verbalize an understanding of multiple factors influencing clients' and consumers' dietary decisions.
  • Define and demonstrate a guided counseling approach when counseling.