Core skills for a dietitian include the ability to communicate effectively and to promote positive behaviour changes in clients. This unit explores the theories of effective communication and behaviour change as they apply to healthcare practice, with specific focus on motivational interviewing techniques and promotion of behaviour change in clients. Students will develop professional approaches to verbal and non-verbal communication with clients and other health professionals. They will explore and develop, through scenarios, role plays and case studies, strategies for effective interviewing, active listening and goal setting with clients.
Students will also develop skills in recording and communicating written information appropriately and professionally to clients and other health professionals.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
No required text. Required reading materials from key academic journals and text books will be identified and linked through VU Collaborate RECOMMENDED TEXT: Nutrition counselling & education skill development (2020), 4th edition, Kathleen Bauer and Doreen Liou Public Health Nutrition (2007) From principles to practice. Edited by Mark Lawrence and Tony Worsley
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):