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Disciplines: Dietetics
Hours: 8 Contact Hours
  • Dawn Clifford, PhD, RD
  • Laura Curtis, MS, RD
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Janet Feinstein, RD, LD, CNSC
  • Lillian Craggs-Dino, DHA, RDN, LDN, CLT
  • Christian Dirmann, RDN, LDN
Item#: F5211
Contents: 1 Textbook, 1 Workbook

Motivational Interviewing in Nutrition and Fitness

Price $89.95
Item # F5211
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: September 29, 2017

Expiration Date: September 28, 2020

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered counseling technique intended to strengthen clients’ motivation for making lifestyle changes. An MI practitioner invites his or her clients to explore personal motivators for change within an accepting, compassionate, and nonjudgmental environment. Nutrition and fitness practitioners who take this course will be able to demonstrate the various techniques and strategies used in motivational interviewing, thereby increasing the odds of their clients being successful in making long-term dietary and exercise changes.

The purpose of this course is to provide students and professionals within the nutrition and fitness industries the knowledge and skills needed to conduct MI sessions with their clients. Professionals taking this course will be able to invite their clients to explore all the complex feelings about food and fitness effectively, thereby giving clients permission to explore their barriers and motivators for change.


This self-study activity has been pre-approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) for 8 CPEU hours, Level 2.
Performance Indicators: 2.1.7 Delivers info & opinions in a respectful & professional manner; 8.3.7 Integrates new knowledge & skills into practice; 8.4.5 Uses counseling techniques to promote behavior changes in food prep; 9.1.3 Identifies & analyzes factors that influence behavioral change.
Learning Codes: 6010: Behavior change theories, techniques; 6020: Counseling, therapy, and facilitation skills; 6070: Interviewing and listening skills 1130: Verbal communication skills, presentations



Course Objectives

  • Define Motivational Interviewing.
  • Describe the purpose of each of the four processes of Motivational Interviewing.
  • Describe the four microskills of Motivational Interviewing.
  • Define the eight “traps” that can result in sustain talk and discord and how to avoid them.
  • Present dietary information for disease management in a Motivational Interviewing-adherent way.

Dawn Clifford, PhD, RD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Northern Arizona University. In addition, she co-founded and is the current director of FitU, which is a peer mentoring nutrition and exercise counseling program on campus. She received the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award from the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for the 2013-2014 school year. Dr. Clifford conducts research and is an accomplished speaker in the areas of motivational interviewing and non-diet approaches to health and wellness. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and is the co-author of Motivational Interviewing in Nutrition and Fitness. In addition, she has published several research articles in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior and written curriculum for Today’s Dietitian and Nutrition Dimensions.

Laura Curtis, MS, RD, is Director of Nutritional Services at Glenn Medical Center in Willows, California, where she provides clinical nutrition services to patients in acute care and is a nutrition therapist for the outpatient clinic. In addition, she serves as a preceptor to undergraduate dietetic students and is a part-time lecturer at California State University, Chico. Ms. Curtis has extensive training in motivational interviewing at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. As a nutrition therapist, she provides counseling to patients with conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and disordered eating, and to those considering bariatric surgery. In her counseling, she pairs motivational interviewing with the non-diet principles of intuitive eating and Health at Every Size. 

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.