Motivational Interviewing in Nutrition and Fitness

Motivational Interviewing in Nutrition and Fitness

This book explains the proven, popular counseling approach, Motivational Interviewing (MI), and shows how to integrate it into present counseling interactions with clients. MI offers tools to help clients work through ambivalence and avoid quick-fixes and overcome barriers to change and maintain healthier habits. Sample dialogues show specific ways to improve conversations on movement and planning and eating better.


This book fills a void in the education of nutrition …professionals. Even the most experienced professional will find useful ideas to apply in practice. - Molly Kellogg, RDN, LCSW, private practice, Philadelphia, PA

I liked that this course book had a narrow focus on nutrition & fitness clients and gave frequent scenarios as examples of the MI process. – Anne Dottai 1/22

I really enjoyed the sample dialogue and examples of questions. - 1/2020 

I learned a lot of great techniques and how to not insert my own experiences too much. - MH 5/2020

Thank you! This topic is of strong interest to me. This was a readily available way for me to become well versed in MI. - 3/2020

I will be able to use the skills on a daily basis. - 8/2020

I liked the examples of interactions between practitioner and client. - HH 1/2021

I use this every day in my new job as a health coach. - EBH 2/2021

I plan to focus more on open-ended questions and gauging where my participants are in the stages of change. - MZ 2/2021

Dawn Clifford, PhD, RDN, and Laura Curtis, MS, RDN
Course Expiration Date: Jun-12-2026
Course Performance Indicators: 2.1.2, 2.1.4, 8.3.1, 8.3.5, 9.6.1, 9.6.2, 9.6.9
Product Name

Book Only (1460)

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10 CE Online Test Only (W3051)

Regular price $105.00

20 CE Online Test Only (W3052)

Regular price $135.00

10 CE Book & Online Test (W3053)

Regular price $130.00

20 CE Book & Online Test (W3054)

Regular price $160.00

Book Details

Author Dawn Clifford, PhD, RDN, and Laura Curtis, MS, RDN
Year Published 2016
Edition 1st Edition
Publisher Guilford Press
ISBN 978-1-4625-2418-1
Format Paperback
Page Count 276
CDR Activity Numbers
  • 10 CE Online Test Only: 177133
  • 20 CE Online Test Only: 177131
  • 10 CE Book & Online Test: 177133
  • 20 CE Book & Online Test: 177131

Course Objectives

Level 2 CPE

CPE Type: 740 for Web-based/Online Tests

Upon successful completion, the users will be able to:

1. Discuss two unique features of each stage of the five Stages of Change identified in Motivational Interviewing therapy.

2. Identify each patient’s or client’s motivation to change and individualize the counseling conversation to meet the person where he or she is currently.

3. Using MI skills, assist patients move from sustain talk or ambivalence to action.

4. Recognize a client’s ambivalence and present strategies to refocus their motivation.

5. Advise patients and clients on nutrition information individualized for their needs.

6. Assess the stage of motivation to more successfully help clients change and maintain behaviors related to food and fitness.

7. Explain four reasons why to use open-ended questions and give an example of both an open-ended and close-ended question.

8. Define a “reflective response” and give two examples.

9. Discuss the use of reframing in a counseling setting.

10. Explain the recommended MI way to finish an information exchange with a client.

11. Discuss two barriers people give for why fitness is difficult to pursue and two suggested strategies a counselor might use to overcome the barriers.

Recommended For...

Registered Dietitian (RD/RDN)
Dietetics Technician Registered (DTR/NDTR)
Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (CDCES)
Registered Nurse (RN)
Integrative & Functional Nutrition Academy Professional
American College of Sports Medicine

Why We Chose This Book

This topic is a major emerging addition to counseling strategies in health care fields. The authors are highly qualified and experienced.

About the Author

Dawn Clifford, PhD, RDN, is Associate Professor and Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at California State University, Chico. Laura Curtis, MS, RDN, is Director of Nutritional Services at Glenn Medical Center in Willows, CA.