Dietetics and Nutrition

Supervised Internship and Counselling 2

Seminar, 1.00 ECTS


Course content

The students
- carry out nutritional counselling sessions and therapies on patients under the supervision and instruction of professional teaching staff
- are able to apply and consolidate their specialist knowledge in the fields of dietetics for metabolic disorders (obesity, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidaemia, etc.) and renal diseases, including dialysis
- are able to apply their counselling and communication techniques in practice and practise them in counselling sessions with patients
- are able to outline the procedure and phases of the dietetic process (diet history, assessment of nutritional status, dietetic diagnosis and assessment, planning, implementation, quality assurance, evaluation, documentation, reflection) and learn to take the individual needs of the patients into account
- are able to perform the dietetic process in practice; this involves taking a diet history, carrying out a dietetic assessment, defining the treatment objective, planning the nutritional therapy and intervention
- are able to present the dietetic process in writing and derive the necessary professional documentation

Learning outcomes

In this module students supplement their knowledge acquired in modules M13 “Psychology and Nutrition“ and M18 “Nutritional Advice and Communication 1“ with advanced professional, methodological and social communicative competence and self-competence. They acquire a comprehensive range of counselling and communication methods enabling them to select the appropriate tool for the case in hand and consolidating their counselling skills for various settings, including challenging ones. Different counselling media are developed in order to gain a deeper understanding of how to reach different target groups by using appropriate language and form.

The students
- are able to plan, carry out and reflect on nutritional counselling sessions in a quality assured manner in terms of professional and methodological competence
- develop their communication skills, empathy, conflict management skills, capacity to accept criticism and capacity for reflection
- are made familiar with advanced counselling and communication techniques and can apply them in practical nutritional counselling
- are able to cope with challenging counselling situations in a professional manner
- are able to develop counselling media customised to the relevant target group

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, M18, M19

Assessment methods and criteria