Dietetics and Nutrition

Counselling Technique 1

Seminar, 2.00 ECTS


Course content

The students
- are made familiar with different models of (nutritional) counselling in theory, apply them in practical exercises and observe the effects
- gain a first insight into nutritional counselling by dietitians
- discover the key elements of nutritional advice, e.g. definitions, forms, tasks and objectives of nutritional counselling and the job profile for dietitians
- are able to outline the structured procedure of nutritional counselling based on the dietetic process and carry out their first one-on-one counselling sessions
- are made familiar with basic verbal communication methods for one-on-one and group counselling and communication processes (e.g. active listening, empathetic inquiry, etc.) and can train and reflect on them

Learning outcomes

In this module students supplement their knowledge acquired in modules M12 “Scientific Methodology and Professional English” and M13 “Psychology and Nutrition” with advanced professional, methodological and social communicative competence, self-competence and scientific competence. This allows them to independently provide nutritional advice on defined indications in an individual setting based on the professional theoretical fundamentals of nutrition science and nutritional therapy. They follow the procedural model of the dietetic process, use different verbal communication and counselling techniques, reflect on them and develop their own counselling strategies.

The students
- are able to independently plan, carry out and reflect on their first nutritional counselling sessions based on the procedural model of the dietetic process in a quality assured manner
- develop their communication skills, empathy, conflict management skills, capacity to accept criticism and capacity for reflection
- are made familiar with fundamental verbal communication and counselling techniques and can apply them in practice
- are able to communicate nutritional information in language understandable to the patient and establish a relationship of trust with the patient and his/her relatives
- can answer questions asked during nutritional counselling sessions based on sound scientific expertise

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Books, journals and relevant current primary literature will be announced by the lecturers at the start of the course or are included in the relevant syllabus.

Mode of delivery


Prerequisites and co-requisites

Previous knowledge from M12, M13

Assessment methods and criteria