The Mindful Eating Certificate is a 10-module program that begins in March of each year. Each module will be led by a different subject matter expert and will consist of:
Plus, access to the following resources throughout the course to further your learning and deepen the practice:
- One 60-90 minute on-demand lesson
- One 60-minute live Q&A session
- One or Two required reading assignment
- One educational handout
- One 12-question post-test
- Two mindfulness retreats
- Access to a private virtual community
- Dedicated practice sessions
- Monthly live mindfulness practices
- Access to a mindfulness library
- Suggested readings and practices
At the end of the certificate program, learners will obtain a certificate of completion and a digital badge that they may use on websites and in communications with the public.
Who should sign up for the certificate program in mindful eating?
This program is designed to provide instruction and training in specific mindful eating competencies, knowledge, and skills. It is designed for professionals who would like to understand and apply the best practices associated with mindful eating in their private practice, public workshops and webinars, and other professional activities.
Professionals would include dietitians, psychologists, doctors, life and health/wellness coaches, yoga teachers, and others who wish to be engaged in the promotion of the practice of mindful eating.
This program is eligible for up to 18 CEUs for Registered Dietitians through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The program is eligible for the following CDR activity types:
- Activity Type 171, Recorded Webinars- 11 CEU's
- Activity Type 200, Professional Reading - 8 CEU's
Professionals from other disciplines may be eligible to receive continuing education credits through an accrediting body of your choice. Contact your profession’s credentialing/licensing agency to learn if this may be an option for you.
The Center for Mindful Eating is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). CDR Credentialed Practitioners will receive 20 Continuing Professional Education units (CPEUs) for completion of both parts of this program.
Dietitians may receive continuing education credit for live attendance or for watching the recorded program (to be emailed after the program is broadcast), following successful completion of a post test.
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10-Month Certificate Program Modules
Mindfulness & Meditation 1.0 |March
Presented by Lynn Rossy, Ph.D.
Mindfulness is, of course, the foundation of mindful eating. Meditation offers a pathway to deepening our mindfulness. Therefore, both mindfulness and meditation practice are essential to the practice of mindful eating. This session will introduce you to the skill of mindfulness, why it's important for clinicians interested in teaching mindful eating to have a personal meditation practice, and how to cultivate one and maintain it.
Mindful Eating Introduction & Research | April
Presented by Dana Notte, MS RD, CD (Q&A hosted by Lynn Rossy, PhD)
Before learning how to teach mindful eating, one must understand what mindful eating is. This session will explore the principles of mindful eating and the research that support mindfulness and mindful eating practices as a pathway to better health and wellbeing.
Weight Inclusivity & Body Acceptance |May
Presented by Kimmie Singh, MS, RD
Mindful eating is inherently a weight inclusive practice. This session will explain why mindful eating and the pursuit of intentional weight loss cannot co-exist and offer tools for supporting your clients in their body acceptance journey.
Teaching Mindful Eating in Practice | June
Presented by Vincci Tsui, RD
This session will introduce you to the basics of teaching mindful eating in practice. It will cover core tenants of a mindful eating practice including non-restrictive eating, non-diet mentality, hunger/fullness/satisfaction, the sensory experience of eating, and more. Plus, you'll gain insight as to how to introduce these tenants to your clients.
Mindful Eating & Self Compassion | July
Presented by Haica Rosenfeld, PsyD, CEDS
Judgment, shame, guilt are experiences many individuals associate with the eating process. Self-compassion is a critical component of cultivating a mindful eating practice because it helps to release us from our inner critic. This session will introduce you to the practice of mindful self-compassion, how it supports a more peaceful relationship with food, and how you can help your clients cultivate a self-compassion practice.
Mindful Eating for Binge Eating Disorder & Disordered Eating | August
Presented by Alexis Conason, PsyD
Research supports mindful eating as a useful tool for helping individuals find a more peaceful relationship with food. Whether someone is struggling with chronic dieting or a clinical eating disorder, mindful eating can be an important part of the healing process. This session will explore the ways in which mindful eating can support our clients along the disordered eating continuum.
Meditation 2.0 | September
Presented by Jenna Hollenstein, MS, RD
A deeper dive in meditation practice, this session will explore specific types of meditation used when teaching mindful eating clients including self-compassion, body scan, walking meditation, loving kindness, body loving kindness, RAIN, and more.
Mindful Eating & Chronic Health Conditions | October
Presented by Megrette Fletcher, MEd, RD, CD
"But what if I have [insert chronic health condition]?" is a common question from clients and clinicians alike, when it comes to integrating mindful eating into the clinical process. This session will explain why mindful eating is not only appropriate, but very useful, when working with clients with chronic health conditions and how to integrate principles of mindful eating into your work with these clients.
Practical Recommendations for Teaching Mindfulness and Mindful Eating Effectively - Part I | November
Presented by Linn Thorstensson, Dip NT, mNTOI
Now, with a solid foundation of what mindfulness and mindful eating are, the research that supports these practices, and the ways they can be used to help individuals cultivate a more supportive relationship with food, we'll transition into discussing how to teach mindfulness and mindful eating effectively by focusing on the qualities of an effective mindfulness teacher. This includes qualities like practicing what you teach, being clear about your role, a commitment to continually strengthening your own practice, and more.
Practical Recommendations for Teaching Mindfulness and Mindful Eating Effectively - Part II | December
Presented by Sharon Suh, Ph.D.
It is advised that all mindfulness teachers, whether taking a Buddhist or secular approach, are familiar with the core Buddhist teachings on mindfulness, allowing them to provide a more authentic teaching experience. This session will serve as an introduction to those core teachings, including the Four Noble Truths, Noble Eight Fold Path, Four Immeasurable Attitudes, and Three Dharma Seals.