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Be on the forefront of brain-based healthcare with EBT. Stress overload is the underlying cause of obesity, overweight, and overeating and you can be certified to teach the stress overload tools of EBT in our two-day certification program.

EBT is the only program other than weight loss surgery to produce continued weight loss after treatment ends. In only two days of step-by-step training via Zoom with the EBT Founder, Dr. Laurel Mellin you will learn the latest neuroscience-based tools - the 5 Core Skills of Stress Overload - to help people stop binge eating, end their cravings, and create a life of joy and purpose.

(This course is open to all. However, certification is limited to licensed and registered health professionals).

Our EBT Provider Certification Package for RDNs includes:

  • Participation in the two-day course via Zoom to master the science and clinical skills.
  • 12 CEU credits (Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists).
  • Certification as an EBT Provider (Level 1).
  • A pdf copy of The EBT Handbook: A Guide to Emotional Brain Training for Coaches and Providers (paperback cost is $49).
  • Access to additional videos of uses of five skills in clinical nutrition practice.
  • Eligibility for advanced certification in EBT to conduct groups and do in-depth coaching.
  • Ongoing membership in the EBT online community (reg. $39/month).
  • Membership in the EBT professional community and access to advanced certification.
  • Complimentary registration in annual EBT Professional Meetings.
  • A new credential in brain-based stress eating and obesity treatment.

EBT Certification Program

Stress Eating & Obesity Treatment


Integrate the 5 Core Skills of Stress Overload into your practice. Become certified in EBT.

Robin Anderson, RD, EBT Master Trainer speaks about EBT

Explain The Brain-Based Causes of Stress Eating, Weight Gain, and Body Shame
EBT Certification Part 1

The chief controller of eating is the brain, specifically the Stress Triangle, three structures in the brain that collude to promote biochemical changes (insulin, dopamine, cortisol, serotonin, and more) that drive overeating, cravings, lethargy, and weight gain. Share this with your patients, then administer the EBT Brain Map, so they can start using the 5 Core Skills of Stress Overload to control it.

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

  • Describe how the activation of the Stress Triangle causes overeating and weight gain.
  • Differentiate reactive and resilient circuits and their role in obesity and stress eating.
  • Administer the EBT Brain Map to assess and educate patients.

Teach The 3 Tools That Switch Off The Drive To Overeat
EBT Certification Part 2

Physical, metabolic, and psychological stress can activate the Stress Triangle. The most accessible skill for clearing stress is the Be Positive Tool. Patients can learn it quickly and appreciate that they feel more in control of their eating, weight, and life. Learn how to teach this skill, guiding patients in talking about what is stressing them and organizing their concerns to support resilience. The session includes videos and examples, as well as a workshop.

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

  • Teach the Be Positive Tool to switch off situational stress overload.
  • Analyze how emotions can be used to stop the stress response and overeating.
  • Use the Take Action Tool to promote behavior change for a higher purpose.

Apply The 5-Day Cortisol Detox Plan For Rapid Results
EBT Certification Part 3

Chronic stress contributes to obesity and weight regain, but reactive stress causes that "triggered" and "out-of-control" eating. Learn how reactive circuits ("Survival Circuits") activate the Stress Triangle and how to apply the Stop A Trigger Tool to switch off strong drives to overeat. Coach patients through the Spiral Up Grind In that help them rewire the drive to overeat. The session includes videos and examples, as well as a workshop.

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

  • Describe how reactive circuits are encoded and their role in overeating and weight gain.
  • Identify the components of the Stop A Trigger Tool that activate stress eating.
  • Guide patients through using the Spiral Up Grind In to change behavior.

Conduct An EBT Brain Map Session And Help Patients Rewire The Past
EBT Certification Part 4

The chronic stress that promotes weight regain is fueled by Core Circuits, basic wires that provide negative messages that block resilience and well-being. Apply the Feel Better Tool to update these negative messages and guide patients in identifying the three brain pathways for rewiring stress reactive circuits, including the Spiral Up Grind In. The session includes videos and examples, as well as a workshop.

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

  • Describe how Core Circuits promote weight gain.
  • Identify the three pathways for rewiring stress overload circuits.
  • Guide patients through using the Spiral Up Grind In for Core Circuits.

Coach Patients In The 3-Day Rewiring Plan For Food, Mood, Relationship, And Body Image
EBT Certification Part 5

Achieving lasting weight loss requires rewiring circuits that activate drives that block dietary changes and promote weight regain. Learn how circuits from childhood experiences and later episodes of stress overload promote overeating and weight gain. Learn the Travel Back Tool that supports patients in healing the past, and the Clear the Clutter Tool for grieving losses and living in the present.

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

  • Teach patients the Travel Back Tool to decrease their drive to overeat.
  • Apply the Clear the Clutter Tool to grieve losses and live in the present.
  • Guide patients in sharing their history of eating and weight based on brain science.
  • Differentiate the stress-induced drive to overeat and the drive to regain weight.
Counsel Patients In Raising Their Set Point For Lasting Weight Loss
EBT Certification Part 6

Apply the 5 Core Skills of Stress Overload to nutrition counseling, including 7 Brain Based Techniques to integrate EBT into your clinical practice, including the 5-Day Cortisol Detox and rewiring Mood Circuits, Relationship Circuits, Food Circuits, and Body Circuits to promote weight maintenance. Plan how you will implement EBT in your practice and launch teaching the 5 Core Skills of Stress Overload in coaching sessions. Assess your next steps in certification, including advanced certification for facilitating groups and using in-depth coaching skills.

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

  • Describe the 7 Brain Based techniques for treating stress eating and obesity.
  • Apply the 5-Day Cortisol Detox to patient care.
  • Develop a plan for integrating EBT into your practice and establish your EBT certification goals.

“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

Frequently Asked Questions
How effective is EBT?
EBT has been used by more than 500,000 people and is the only method that gives patients skills to switch off the strong stress-induced drives for mindless eating, eating binges, and food cravings. It treats the circuits that cause widespread disregulation. Researchers have shown that stress is the root cause of why people overeat. 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. "

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 Provider 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. Since the pandemic, stress overload has impacted all Americans. As dietitians, we need to update our methods to be optimally effective in our changing environment. Research has shown that stress levels are so high that patients have difficulty learning what to do and then, in times of stress, face challenges in following through. By completing this certification, you will think differently about eating and weight, and improve your patient's success in taking charge of their eating and weight.

Becoming certified in EBT has two significant implications. One is that the science shows that physiologic stress overload is the root cause of overeating and obesity. Nutrition is a science-based discipline, so updating our practices to include treatment of stress overload is important. Second, EBT has been shown to produce lasting results at two- and six-year follow-up, whereas nutrition counseling alone produces weight loss for only six months. By adding EBT tools to your practice, you will be at the cutting edge of our profession and offer patients the evidence-based methods of losing weight and keeping it off.

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 Provider, 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.