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Nutrition Counseling and Education Skill Development, 2nd Edition

  • Kathleen D. Bauer
  • Doreen Liou
  • Carol A. Sokolik
  • ISBN-10: 0840064152
  • ISBN-13: 9780840064158
  • 320 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2002
  • COPYRIGHT: 2012 Published
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About the Product

Nutrition Counseling and Education Skill Development, 2nd Edition is a step-by-step guide to help entry-level practitioners through the basic components involved in changing food behavior and improving nutritional status. This book provides nutritional professionals with a solid foundation of counseling and education principles, opportunities to practice new skills, and knowledge of evaluation methodologies in an organized, accessible, and engaging approach. The author's clear style helps readers translate theoretical perspectives on nutrition counseling into actual effective dialogues between client and counselor to influence client knowledge, skills, and attitudes. In addition, since the goals and objectives of nutrition counselors and educators complement each other, the scope of this text has expanded to include elements unique to nutrition education.


  • Practical examples: Recognizing that nutrition education and counseling takes place in a variety of settings, concrete examples, case studies, and first person accounts are presented representing a variety of wellness, private practice and institutional settings.

  • Action based learning: Exercises are integrated into the text to give students ample opportunity and encouragement to interact with the concepts covered in each chapter. Each chapter has a culminating assignment and a case study that integrates all or most of the major topics covered throughout the chapter. Instructors can choose to assign the activities to be done individually at home or used as classroom activities.

  • Evidence-based approaches, grounded in behavior change models and theories, found to be effective for educational and counseling interventions are analyzed and integrated into skill development exercises.

  • Four-week guided nutrition counseling program is incorporated to show practical applications of the text. It includes a step-by-step guide for a student working with a volunteer adult client for four sessions. The objective of this section is to demonstrate how the theoretical discussions, practice activities, and nutrition tools can be integrated for an effective intervention.

About the Author

Kathleen D. Bauer

Kathleen D. Bauer, Ph.D., R.D., was the founder and has been the director of the Nutrition Counseling Clinic at Montclair State University for more than ten years. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate nutrition counseling courses. Her applied nutrition counseling experiences extend to wellness programs, fitness centers, hospitals, nursing homes and private practice. A major area of interest has been the development of innovative nutrition education programs and materials for the general public and higher education. Bauer was director of the dietetics program at Montclair State University for 14 years.

Doreen Liou

Doreen Liou, Ed.D., R.D., served as the director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Montclair State University for over ten years. She spearheaded the program to its initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in nutrition education and social marketing. Her research interests encompass qualitative and quantitative methods in addressing chronic disease risk and the applications of social psychological theories in diverse population groups. Her nutrition education experiences extend to a variety of academic, community and clinical settings.

Carol A. Sokolik

Carol A. Sokolik, M.S., R.D., was a founder and is currently the director of the Applied Professional Practice Program at Montclair State University. A dietetic consultant to several nursing homes in northern New Jersey, she has applied her nutrition counseling skills in a variety of settings including physicians' offices, nursing homes, and clinical settings.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Preparing To Meet Your Clients.
Chapter 2: Frameworks for Understanding and Attaining Behavior Change.
Chapter 3: Communication Essentials.
Chapter 4: Meeting Your Client: The Counseling Interview.
Chapter 5: Developing a Nutrition Care Plan – Putting It All Together.
Chapter 6: Promoting Change To Facilitate Self-Management.
Chapter 7: Making Behavior Change Last.
Chapter 8: Physical Activity.
Chapter 9: Communication with Diverse Population Groups.
Chapter 10: Group Facilitation.
Chapter 11: Keys to Successful Nutrition Education Interventions.
Chapter 12: Presentation and Education Materials.
Chapter 13: Professionalism and Final Issues.
Chapter 14: Guided Counseling Experience.

New to this edition

  • Keys to Nutrition Education Interventions. Since nutrition education and counseling share many commonalities, Chapters 11 and 12 expands the scope of the second edition by incorporating principles of nutrition education.
  • Nutrition Care Process (NCP). Chapter 5 provides an overview of the American Dietetic Association NCP and chapter 2 reviews the theoretical approaches covered in the NCP intervention guidelines. Emphasis is placed on developing PES (Problem-Etiology-Symptom) statements and ADIME (Assessment, Diagnosis, Intervention, Monitoring and Evaluation) documentation.
  • Expansion of Motivational Interviewing (MI). Using MI to influence health behaviors has become widely accepted. The review of the approach found in Chapter 2 is covered in more depth than the first edition. As in the first edition, the Nutrition Counseling Motivation Algorithm found in Chapter 4 uses the guiding tenets of MI.
  • Incorporation of Factors Influencing Food Behavior. Chapter 1 explores the multitude of factors affecting food behavior.
  • Expansion of Communication with Diverse Population Groups. Chapter 9 explores the meaning of cultural competence in the health care arena and examines special counseling, education, and communication issues related to selected populations groups.
  • Expansion of Group Facilitation and Group Counseling. In order to accommodate learning experiences related to group work, chapter 10 has been added to explore the effectiveness of this strategy.
  • New! Global Nutrition Watch accompanies this text at no additional cost to bring currency to the classroom. Updated daily, this resource provides convenient access to thousands of current academic journals, newspaper and magazine articles, and videos and podcasts for students to expand their learning and use these sources for projects and assignments.