Take your practice to the next level with this advanced counselling skills course for nutrition and health care professionals!

This online course consists of six one-hour modules plus a live Q&A with the LCIE team, throughout which you will be introduced to the essential skills, knowledge and understanding to support your professional development as a nutrition counsellor. 

You’ll be provided with all relevant literature and gain access to an exclusive community of course participants. AfN is currently not accepting new applications to register CPD, but you bet we’ll be on it as soon as they are!


  Module 1: Introduction to Nutrition Counselling
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  Module 2: Critical Dietetics and Nutrition Studies
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  Module 3: Weight Stigma Theory
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  Module 4: Person-Centered Care & Motivational Interviewing
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  Module 5: Introduction to Therapeutic Models
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  Module 6: Responding to Trauma
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  Putting it all Together!
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Introduction to Nutrition Counselling

  • Give a definition of Nutrition Counselling 
  • Understand and describe the values and aims of Nutrition Counselling 
  • Describe various non-diet approaches 
  • Understand where Nutrition Counselling fits with professional practise 
  • Recognise your scope of practise and the importance of supervision

Critical Dietetics & Critical Nutrition Studies

  • Describe the core tenets that guide critical dietetics and critical nutrition studies 
  • Understand  multiple epistemologies within informed practice
  • Apply critical approaches to concepts within the healthcare profession

Weight Stigma Theory

  • Define and give examples of weight bias, weight stigma and fatphobia 
  • Understand how weight bias and weight stigma show up in health care settings/messages
  • Discuss critically some of short & long-term consequences of weight bias and weight stigma 
  •  Apply the overlapping concepts of body privilege, bias and stigma to consider how they show up in your own field of practice and in your interpersonal interactions with clients and other providers 
  • Identify areas for further reflection and change in your practice

Person Centred Care & Motivational Interviewing

  • Define person-centred care as defined by Carl Rogers 
  • Understand the core values that underpin person-centred care
  •  Apply person-centred care in Nutrition Counselling to  build a therapeutic relationship with our clients
  • Describe the spirit of MI  
  • Use the salient tools from MI to support clients with behaviour change as part of developing a healthier relationship with food and their bodies 

Introduction to Therapeutic Models

  • Define and understand the therapeutic modalities of  CBT & ACT
  • Understand the origins of both, where they overlap and where they differ in their approaches and applications in practice
  • Define and understand therapeutic tools from both CBT & ACT 
  • Understand the evidence for both and their application in Nutrition Counselling

Trauma Informed Care

  • Define what trauma is and the understand the different types of trauma
  • Understand how trauma impacts the body, mind and life
  • Define trauma-informed care and why it’s important for HCP’s to know about
  • Understand trauma in the context of disordered eating and weight stigma 
  • Identify of someone is having a trauma response and how to respond to them sensitively 
  • Recognise scope of practise and how to discuss and refer onto a therapist

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Who are these courses for?

Our courses are developed with nutrition professionals in mind; specifically Registered Nutritionists and Dietitians. However, we also strongly recommend them for any health care professional involved in giving advice around food, nutrition, and ‘lifestyle’. Previous participants who have completed the course include GPs, nurses, OTs, SALTs, psychologists and psychotherapists, and physiotherapists. 

I’m a personal trainer/nutritional therapist/health coach - can I still take this course? 

Yes, of course, we welcome you to participate, we just ask you to be mindful of your scope of practice and to maintain professional boundaries. This course is not a substitute for training as an RD/RNutr. 

Can I get CPD/CEUs for this course?

Yes, absolutely; you may want to check specifically with your local regulatory body, but for UK based RNutr/RDs, courses do not need to be endorsed in order to qualify as CPD, however, it is up to each individual registrant to record their CPD using the appropriate reflective practice template. AfN are not currently endorsing new courses, but our OG course ‘Applying Intuitive Eating and Non Diet Approaches in Practice’  was previously endorsed for 6 CPD units.

Can I use the materials provided in the course with my clients?

Yes, of course, we just ask you to be respectful of the labour that went into producing them and not to alter/adapt them without prior consent or remove our logo. These materials are copyright so please provide credit! 

Will this course make me a certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor?

Nope! That’s a different course. This course is intended to support development as a Nutrition Counsellor; a skillset that incorporates Intuitive Eating, but is much broader and deeper than IE on its own. Our Applying IE and NDA course is complementary to any training you may have done in Intuitive Eating previously and focuses more on the theoretical underpinnings and translating them into practical tools and skills you can use to guide clients. Our Advanced Counselling Skills and Nutrition Counselling in Practice courses help take your Intuitive Eating Practice up a notch (or ten!), integrating counselling skills, critical theory and essential learning for nutrition professionals into a comprehensive training.

WTH is Nutrition Counselling? 

Nutrition counselling (as we define it here at LCIE) is an approach to nutrition and dietetic practice that integrates counselling skills with nutritional science to help clients develop attuned self-care that meets their individual needs and is driven by their unique values.  Nutrition counselling practice is rooted in compassionate, collaborative, person-centred care, with an emphasis on body inclusivity and social responsibility.

Do you offer a payment plan?

Yes! On selected courses we have given you the option to split your payments over 2 or 3 months. You decide what works best for you. If those splits don’t work for you, or you want a split payment on one of our lower price-point offerings (our WIGs for example) then please email [email protected] and we’ll see what we can do!

Do you offer a scholarship or student discount program?

Yes! Please email your student ID to [email protected] to receive a one-time link for a student discount.

How long do I have access to the course materials?

By purchasing our courses you will receive lifetime access to the materials and content. This means you can complete the courses in your own time, and refer back to it whenever you need to. If you purchased one of our courses prior to migrating to Teachable, please contact [email protected] and we will hook you up with lifetime access on this platform.

Do you offer refunds?

We really hope you’re satisfied with the course, but if not, we may be able to offer a partial refund in accordance with our terms and conditions. This is because as soon as you access the course you get instant access to course content and downloads. Any refund would be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be proportional to the % of the course completed and will also be subject to an administration fee equivalent to 15% of the course costs.

Can I share my login with my mate/colleague/mum?

When you purchase a course, it is with the understanding that it is for a single user only (in accordance with our terms and conditions).  We ask you to be respectful of the time, energy, effort and brainpower that went into

making these courses. Please do not share or copy any part of this resource without our express permission; it devalues our work and more importantly, it prevents us from offering discounts and split payment plans. If you’d like group or institutional access to our training materials, please reach out ot [email protected] and we’ll help you out!

Got a question about the course?

Let us know at [email protected]