Your knowledge of the science of nutrition is powerful, but not necessarily more so than the way you convey that knowledge to clients. In this course, you'll more deeply examine both your capabilities for eliciting positive behaviors from clients, and important nuances in the art of effective counseling. You will learn to mindfully match your communication style and interpretation of scientific information to your clients' abilities and readiness to listen. And you will explore how your personal needs influence your behavior as a counselor, using this insight to create best practices for sharing your thoughts, feelings, and stories within counseling sessions.
These courses are required to be completed prior to starting this course:
Counseling Skills: Understanding the Person
Counseling Skills: Understanding the Problem
Counseling Skills: Eliciting New Behaviors
Key Course Takeaways
Assess clients' nutrition education needs in order to provide the appropriate information for each individual
Examine how your personal needs as a counselor affect the counseling relationship
Customize how you translate the science of nutrition to diverse clientele
Blend your expertise with your natural communication style
Lecturer for the College of Human Ecology Faculty Fellow, Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures Director of the Cornell University Wellness Program, 2000-2018
Beth McKinney is a Lecturer in the College of Human Ecology and former Director of the Cornell University Wellness Program. She received her bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences and her master’s degree in health education. Beth’s expertise in coaching and counseling spans over 20 years and includes life coaching, nutrition counseling, wellness counseling, and behavior change. Beth also teaches counseling skills and behavior change techniques to Cornell undergraduates. Beth is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Certified Intrinsic Coach®. With previous experience in both clinical and community nutrition, Beth specializes in both nutrition education and behavior change.