“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


Welcome to Dietitian Central's EBT Certification Program

In partnership with EBT, Dietitian Central is proud to offer you a 12-hour, intensive live workshop via Zoom to become a Certified EBT (Emotional Brain Training) Provider. The training sessions are exciting and hands on, with of videos of real patient sessions, lots of opportunities to practice applying the method. Based on the latest neuroscience, the method is fun to use, science-based, and your patients will see results right from the start. (View Robin Anderson, RD's video below). This course is open to all, however, certification is limited to licensed and registered health professionals.

Reflections from a Registered Dietitian On EBT

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 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.

Learn 6 Core Skills and become certified in EBT: Presented Live Sept 24, 2022 and Oct 1, 2022:
Explain The Brain-Based Causes of Stress Eating, Weight Gain, and Body Shame
The Dietitian's Skill #1

Patients are frustrated because they know what they should it, but they can't eat that way. Share the science with them. They can eat healthy when out of stress, but if they are triggered by a circuit that drives stress eating, they will overeat. Also, if they are in chronic stress, they will overeat. The neuroscience is simple.You can show them the science that will motivate them to learn the tools of EBT to quiet cravings, activate the desire to eat healthy, and promote lasting weight loss.

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

  • Describe a neural circuit and discuss its impact on eating, weight, and body image.
  • Explain the neurophysiology of reactivity and resilience.
  • List the five brain states and the eating and weight-related impacts of each.
  • Discuss how EBT fits in with other nutrition and weight strategies you use.
  • Empower patients to take charge of their eating, weight, and body pride.
  • Develop a treatment plan based on circuits, set points, and resilience skills.

Teach The 3 Tools That Switch Off The Drive To Overeat
The Dietitian's Skill #2

Patients can switch off the brain circuits that cause overeating and weight gain by learning three tools that directly address the circuits that drive stress, cravings, and mindless eating. Become confident in coaching the patient to stop the stress response when it is caused by: 1) situational stress, 2) a survival circuit that causes strong maladaptive drives, and 3) a core circuit that causes anxiety and stress overload.

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

  • Describe how to activate a reactive circuit cognitively.
  • Summarize how to clear stress and increase the effectiveness of conscious control.
  • Explain how to activate positive, resilient emotions to switch off the stress response.
  • Teach the Be Positive Tool to switch off situational stress overload.
  • Teach the Stop A Trigger Tool to deactivate stress-induced maladaptive drives.
  • Teach the Feel Better Tool to stop anxiety- and stress-induced behaviors and states.
  • Use the Take Action Tool to promote behavior change for a higher purpose.

Apply The 5-Day Cortisol Detox Plan For Rapid Results
The Dietitian's Skill #3

The EBT 5-Point System of Emotional and Behavioral Regulation provides an easy way for patients to rapidly decrease their stress levels with The 5-Day Cortisol Detox. Begin the process by using guided visualization and then show patients the EBT resilience techniques. The benefits increase day by day, with the goal of resilience becoming more automatic and spontaneous.Start training your patients in this powerful plan immediately.

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

  • Train a patient to identify their body sensations of optimal resilience.
  • Explain the neuroscience of the 5-day Cortisol Detox.
  • Describe the step-by-step use of the resilience tools of the EBT 5-Point System.
  • Teach a patient the EBT Sandwich Tool to request support from family or friends.
  • Conduct a post-5-Day Cortisol Detox session to plan the next steps.

Conduct An EBT Brain Map Session And Help Patients Rewire The Past
The Dietitian's Skill #4

As many as 80 percent of obese patients overeat due to past stress, and they are confused about how to rewire those circuits. Administer EBT Brain Map, a one-page instrument that provides patients with a clear idea of what caused their overeating, and two easy, proven skills– the Travel Back Tool and the Clear the Clutter Tool – to decrease past stress.

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

  • Administer the EBT Brain Map to understand the past based on neuroscience.
  • Identify the patient's current brain set point (default physiologic state).
  • Identify the patient's "missing feeling" that has blocked resilience.
  • Teach a patient the Travel Back Tool to rewire the past.
  • Teach a patient the Clear the Clutter Tool to grieve their losses.
  • Guide a patient to identify their higher reward for achieving lasting weight loss.

Coach Patients In The 3-Day Rewiring Plan For Food, Mood, Relationship, And Body Image
The Dietitian's Skill #5

Support patients in using the emotional techniques to rewire a triggered mood, relationship pattern, or body shame, and, as a dietitian, you can apply these stress techniques to give them freedom from this suffering. Use the EBT 3-Step Rewiring Plan with your patient to identify these reactive circuits and rewirethem to support lasting change. Learn the three steps – discover, negate, and transform – and teach that process to your patients.

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

  • Teach a patient how to discover a circuit that causes stress overload.
  • Clarify the brain state in which the circuit was encoded.
  • Describe the neuroscience-based rationale for negating the circuit.
  • Articulate how to use the Power Grind In to transform the circuit.
  • List three techniques (Power Boosters) to increase reconsolidation success.
Counsel Patients In Raising Their Set Point For Lasting Weight Loss
The Dietitian's Skill #6

Apply the brain science of EBT to your nutrition counseling (Food at One) to promote positive neuroplasticity and lasting change. Apply three tools that support your patients in raising their brain’s set point to achieve lasting weight loss: 1) The Ladder Tool for use in extreme stress, 2) the Core Grind In to promote optimal resilience, and 3) the World at One Tool to access the elevated emotions like compassion, gratitude, and joy. Plan how you will implement EBT in your clinical practice and your goals in certification.

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

  • Apply a brain-based approach to eating: Food at One.
  • Describe the Vibrancy Plan, a lifestyle plan that promotes natural pleasure and health.
  • Teach a patient the Ladder Tool to treat extreme situational stress overload.
  • Use the Core Grind In Tool to promote resilience and a secure attachment style.
  • Demonstrate the World at One Tool to access elevated emotions.
  • Develop a plan for integrating EBT into your practice and establish your EBT certification goals.

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, and understand the impact of 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 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.

EBT Certification Program

Stress Eating and Obesity Treatment


  •  Certification as an EBT Provider
  •  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