“After 20 years of coaching clients in EBT, I see this method as the solution.
It changes people's behavior and their lives.”
Deanne Hamilton, MS, RD, CSOWM

“The first method to show continued weight loss after treatment ends.”
John Foreyt, PhD, Director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Center,
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston

“Invaluable insight to those individuals who are engaged in a chronic struggle with the broad spectrum of weight control issues.”
Dean Ornish, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine,
University of California, San Francisco

Welcome to Dietitian Central's EBT Certification Program (NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND)

In partnership with EBT, Dietitian Central is proud to offer you a 12-hour, intensive course for professional certification as a Certified EBT Coach to create a practice in resilience nutrition. Based on the latest neuroscience, this practical, applied two-day program will prepare you to integrate EBT (Emotional Brain Training) into your clinical practice immediately to help your patients gain control over the stress-fueled drives to overeat and gain weight. This course is open to all, however, certification is limited to licensed and registered health professionals.

This new course (12 CEU credits for Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists) gives you everything you need to feel confident in applying EBT in your practice including:

  • A print copy of The EBT Handbook: A Guide to Emotional Brain Training for Coaches and Providers (reg. $49)
  • An ongoing membership in the EBT online community (reg. $39/month)
  • Membership in the EBT professional community and access to advanced certification.
  • Complimentary enrollment in annual professional meetings.

Help turn around our epidemics of obesity, overweight, and stress eating with this practical, science-based method that will empower your patients to eat healthy, lose weight, and keep it off.

Six Modules To Help You Master EBT:
The EBT Approach to Obesity and Stress Eating: A Special Role in Turning Around the Obesity Epidemic
The Dietitian's Skill #1

As a dietitian, develop a resilience nutrition practice, integrating Emotional Brain Training (EBT) into your one-on-one counseling and supporting patients to switch off the stress-fueled drives to overeat and gain weight. Learn the science of disordered eating, binge eating, mindless eating, and chronic stress associated with Obesity Classes II and III (BMI of 35+) and start introducing the resilience skills of EBT with your choice of strategies that excite and motivate patients to use the tools to make healthy eating easier to achieve.

The session is practical, with many brief videos of explaining the stress eating triangle, brain circuits, and stress overload to patients, analyzing their brain maps and teaching them how to spiral up. Learn the Be Positive and Take Action Toolsand begin using them in your practice.

Upon successful completion of this two-hour course, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe the neurophysiology and neuroplasticity of stress resilience.
  • Based on emerging science, articulate the relationship between overeating eating, obesity, and stress overload.
  • Differentiate the two types of brain circuits: reactive and resilient.
  • Identify three methods of introducing EBT to patients.
  • Analyze the EBT Brain Map of two patients.
  • Apply the Be Positive and Take Action Tools in a role-play of an initial clinical session.

NICU Nutrition 101
The Dietitian's Skill #2

The drive to overeat, including binge eating, sugar addiction, mindless eating, restrained eating and more strongly wired in the brain. The sight, smell, or thought of food can trigger stress overload and overeating.

The session will model how to teach the Stop A Trigger Tool, which is designed to stop that stress overload and promote healthy eating. Using it has two benefits for your patient:

One is that it works immediately. Using it before eating will switch off the stress eating triangle that drives biochemical changes that promote overeating, lethargy, depression, cravings, and weight gain. They will be apt to eat less because they want less.

In addition, each use of the tool weakens the circuit that causes overeating and strengthens the wire that promotes healthy eating. Patients see improvements right away and are motivated to continue their EBT practice for lasting results.

Upon successful completion of this 2-hour course, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe the process of deactivating a reactive circuit to promote healthy eating.
  • Contrast reactive overeating and situational stress overeating.
  • Guide a patient in tools to switch off the drive to overeat when it occurs to change behavior immediately.
  • Teach the Stop A Trigger Tool, both for immediate behavior change when cravings arise and in clinical sessions to identify and change the circuits that drive overeating.

NICU Nutrition 101
The Dietitian's Skill #3

Support your patients in understanding their brain’s stress eating style. Learn how to analyze which circuit in the brain is causing their overeating. Guide them in understanding why they overeat and how to use the EBT tools effectively for their stress eating style.

The EBT system is based on neurophysiology, easy to learn, and extremely practical. As circuits trigger all stress eating styles, extend your understanding of stress resilience to switch off those wires. View videos of actual sessions conducted by dietitians treating triggered overeating.

The session will model three additional clinical skills: the Feel Better Tool, the Travel Back Tool, and the Clear the Clutter Tool. These tools complete the foundational skills of resilience nutrition and will be drawn upon for the remaining three sessions to address common stress-fueled drives to overeat that prevent lasting weight loss.

Upon successful completion of this 2-hour course, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe a brain-based process of clearing the emotional blockade to optimal resilience.
  • Describe the characteristics of the EBT 5 Eating Styles.
  • Discuss the use of the Feel Better Tool, the Travel Back Tool, and the Clear the Clutter Tool to promote lasting improvements in eating and weight.
  • Apply the EBT tools to rewiring a Food Circuit to stop stress eating.

NICU Nutrition 101
The Dietitian's Skill #4

To begin implementing resilience nutrition in your practice, use the EBT Quick Start Program. Counsel patients on the two skills that are fundamental to resilience, switching off the stress eating triangle and promoting healthy eating and weight.

Learn one use of this program for each of the five stress eating styles to personalize the program for your patients. Learn about how state-specific memory can cause situational stress and replay of past experiences to trigger overeating and maladaptive moods—view videos of actual sessions conducted by dietitians in teaching these skills.

Discuss the merits of applying this EBT Quick Start Program through one-on-one counseling and small groups.

Upon successful completion of this 2-hour course, the participant should be able to:

  • Identify the top two clinical skills for promoting rapid results in treating stress eating and obesity.
  • Describe the implementation of the EBT Quick Start Program with all five stress eating styles.
  • Define state-specific memory and three ways it impacts the treatment of stress eating and obesity.
  • Discuss the role of one-on-one coaching and group applications of EBT in dietetic practice.

NICU Nutrition 101
The Dietitian's Skill #5

After completing the EBT Quick Start Program, many patients who have struggled with stress eating and weight want to deepen their skills in resilience.

Learn the basics of the 30-day EBT course for stress eating, and integrate into your resilience nutrition practice more information about the encoding of reactive circuits and the role of mood, relationships, and body image in stress eating and weight regain. View videos of actual sessions conducted by dietitians that help patients switch off the moods that trigger overeating and the stress of losing their boundaries in relationships or feeling emotionally isolated. Practice resilience techniques to change the use of body size for self-protection, self-judgment, and perfectionism that amplify stress and reactivity.

Upon successful completion of this 2-hour course, the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss the relationship between obesity and adverse childhood experiences, attachment style, and parenting style.
  • Identify the relationship between the Mood Circuit and stress eating.
  • Describe the role of the relational circuits with stress, oxytocin, and appetite.
  • Describe the two types of Body Circuits linked to overeating and weight regain: body judgment and self-protection.
NICU Nutrition 101
The Dietitian's Skill #6

The final skill of the certification course is to apply a framework for teaching stress resilience science and skills in clinical practiceand appreciate how easily you can integrate this neuroscience-based into your nutrition counseling. Hear from three dietitians who are leaders in EBT about successfully treating patients with these resilience skills in clinical care, private practice, health maintenance organizations, and community health centers.

Apply advanced techniques to support patients who have lost motivation, regained weight, and feel unsuccessful recharge their plan based on proven brain-based strategies.Come away from the session with a plan to apply resilience nutrition training in your professional practice, and include neuroscience-based concepts and tools as a dietitian.

Upon successful completion of this 2-hour course, the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss a framework for applying resilience training in nutrition counseling.
  • Apply this framework to develop a plan for treating obesity and stress eating in your practice.
  • Identify the support and additional training needed to expand your practice in stress resilience skills.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does research say about EBT?
Overweight now impacts 74.1% of American adults, and researchers have shown that physiological stress is the root cause of why overweight and overeating are so challenging to change. For example, Janet Tomiyana, PhD, wrote in her review of stress and obesity that "the evidence shows that a vicious cycle may be at play, whereby stress begets obesity,which begets stress, and so on. This positive feedback loop may be one reason why obesity rates remain high in the United States."

Dietitians are fully prepared to support patients in developing plans for eating and lifestyle, and the missing link for dietitians is a biological skills method of switching off stress. EBT offers a set of tools for dietitians to use to switch off physiological stress rapidly and over time, promote lasting changes in health, eating, and weight. With 12 studies conducted with dietitian providers supporting its effectiveness and all tools grounded in the latest sciences of neurophysiology and neuroplasticity, this method is equipped to enhance the success of dietitians in turning around the epidemic of overweight in America.

Who is the instructor and presenter of the program?
Dr. Laurel Mellin is a nutritionist, health psychologist, and internationally-recognized authority on obesity, disordered eating and stress eating. In addition, three EBT Master Trainers who have 10 to 15 years of experience applying EBT in a broad range of facilities and programs will present their experiences integrating EBT into their practices, including Deanne Hamilton, RD, MS, CDE, CSOWM, Robin Anderson, RD, and Eve Lowry, RD.

Dr. Mellin is the founder of Emotional Brain Training (EBT) and Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA in nutrition from San Francisco State University and a PhD in health psychology and behavioral medicine from Northcentral University. Mellin is a New York Times bestselling author and researcher with more than 40 years as a registered dietitian. Her organization certifies nutritionists in EBT.

How will EBT Coach Certification help me?
Since the pandemic, stress overload has impacted all Americans. By completing this certification, you will be able to think differently about eating and weight, and understand the impact of stress circuitry, with a range of ways that you can empower people to change their nutritional practices and weight. You will have an overarching system to draw upon that can be applied immediately with a technique that takes 1 to 3 minutes.

Whether you are treating a person with diabetes, pain, disordered eating, obesity, body image disparagement, situational stress overload, mindless eating or sugar addiction, you will have both a simple, science-based way to explain to them why they feel the way they do, and tools that can help them overcome these problems. The method was developed initially to treat childhood obesity and family overweight, and although it has been adapted to treat obesity and stress eating in adults, as well as the range of stress-induced problems, the tools have maintained their simplicity. Use our EBT app to guide your coaching, and between sessions, your patients can use it, too. They can switch off the stress that promotes overeating and weight gain and attain a level of balance and connection that makes it easier to eat healthy, lose weight, and maintain a healthy body size.

What if I want more support and training?
Dietitians and other health professionals who complete the training can request immediate access to audiotapes of patients learning the EBT tools. This way of learning the EBT personally (so you can teach from your own experiences) and professionally has been highly rated by dietitians, and you will have access to that "clinical session bank" for stress eating and obesity at no additional charge.

As an Certified EBT Coach, you will be part of the EBT professional community of health professionals who are addressing the stress pandemic and training patients in the tools to overcome common stress-induced health problems ranging from obesity, stress eating, and diabetes to community health promotion, emotional and behavioral health issues and chronic disease. Our provider community is warm, supportive, and collaborative in continuing to use neuroscientific skills to improve the health of our nation.

EBT Certification Program

Stress Eating and Obesity Treatment

$ 399.00

  •  Certification as an EBT Coach
  •  12-hour intensive program
  •  Skills to switch off stress eating
  •  Tools to activate the desire to lose weight
  •  Decrease mood and relationship stress
  •  Understand the neuroscience of circuits
  •  Help patients control their cravings
  •  Count dopamine and endorphin surges
  •  Switch off stress in 1 to 3 minutes
  •  Track resiliency with the EBT app
  •  Raise the set point for lasting weight loss