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Update your RDN skills for the New Year weight loss rush. Become certified in EBT in our 12-hour on-demand course and be prepared to discuss natural alternatives to balancing biochemistry using food and stress relief through Emotional Brain Training. This is an important topic, and you can be certified in EBT and receive 12 hours of CE Credit.

Stress overload is the underlying cause of obesity, overweight, and overeating. Be on the forefront of brain-based healthcare by integrating EBT into your nutrition practice. Through this course, you can be certified as an EBT Educator and counsel patients in EBT's stress overload tools.

Join this fast-paced, experiential program and share with your patients a proven, scientific approach to eating, weight, and health based on neuroscience and physiology.The tools are easy to learn and work within a couple of minutes. Patients feel better faster. The EBT method is the only weight management program other than weight loss surgery that has been shown in studies published in peer-reviewed journals to produce continued weight loss after treatment ends.

Enjoy this practical step-by-step training with the EBT Founder, Dr. Laurel Mellin. Also, if you want to further expand your role in healthcare, by completing this certification, you will be eligible for advanced training to become a Certified EBT Provider, mastering the latest skills in integrative health and how to apply neuroplasticity - rewiring the brain's pathways - for lasting improvements in health, happiness, and quality of life. Enroll in this exciting course and start sharing these powerful skills with your patients right away.

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

Our EBT Provider Certification Package for RDNs includes:

  • Access to the recorded two-day 12-hour course.
  • 12 CEU credits (Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists).
  • Certification as an EBT Educator.
  • 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 key EBT skills in clinical nutrition practice.
  • Eligibility for provider certification in EBT to conduct groups and do in-depth coaching.
  • Ongoing membership in the EBT online community (reg. $39/month).
  • Complimentary membership in the EBT professional community.
  • 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. Use the basic EBT 5-Point System of Emotional and Behavioral Regulation for rapid stress relief, switching off stress and negative emotions, and activating states of optimal well-being. Administer the EBT Brain Map to introduce brain-based health to your patients.

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.
  • Teach the basic stress tools of the method: The EBT 5-Point System.
  • 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

Integrate what you have learned from the first five parts of the course with an understanding of the connection between the drive to hold a negative body image and to use body size for self-protection. Develop a plan for integrating this brain-body connection into your approach to weight management, and add on several counseling strategies - the 5-Day Cortisol Detox, the Backpack Technique, the Two Chairs Technique, and the Mirror Technique - to support patients in improving their health and attitudes toward eating and body size. Assess your interest in becoming fully certified as an EBT Provider and plan how you will begin implementing EBT in your practice.

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.

When does the EBT Certification Program Expire?
Dietitian Central's EBT Certification Program expires on May 31, 2024.

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.

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