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About the course

This program provides registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) with proven techniques for refining their counseling skills—a critical component in promoting positive client behavior change. Nutrition professionals can significantly enhance their clinical expertise, along with client satisfaction and success, by using skillful counseling techniques, especially those that encourage open, productive partnerships. Upon completion of these courses, learners will be positioned to increase their effectiveness and confidence as in-demand nutrition counselors through improved knowledge, skills, and practice.


  • Counseling Skills: Understanding the Person
  • Counseling Skills: Understanding the Problem
  • Counseling Skills: Eliciting New Behaviors
  • Counseling Skills: Blending the Art of Counseling with the Science of Nutrition


  • Strengthen client interactions using social cognitive learning theory to promote lasting behavior change
  • Interpret your and your clients’ non-verbal cues and self-manage during counseling sessions
  • Combine intuition and your client’s perspective to correctly identify nutrition problems and develop solutions
  • Recognize clients’ specific wants and needs to develop motivational goals aligned with their desire for change
  • Enhance client confidence in achieving their goals through increased empathy
  • Customize how you translate nutrition information to diverse clientele, blending this with your natural communication style


  • Nutrition Counseling Certificate from Cornell Division of Nutritional Sciences
  • 32 Professional Development Hours
  • 24 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Units from Commission on Dietetic Registration

Who should attend

  • United States students must be Registered Dietitians (RD or RDN) or have completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
  • International students need to have a credential approved by the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations— full list available here

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Beth McKinney

Beth is the Director of Cornell Wellness. She received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her master’s degree in health education from SUNY Cortland. In addition, Beth is a certified health education specialist. With previous experience in both clinical and community nutrition, Bet...


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