Dietetics and Nutrition

Counselling Technique 2

Seminar, 1.50 ECTS


Course content

The students
- are able to reflect on the counselling strategies acquired based on practical exercises, their experiences from the supervised internship and previous internships and consolidate and further develop these strategies in additional exercises
- can use their tone of voice and body language for successful counselling
- become familiar with additional counselling techniques for use in individual and group sessions (e.g. solution-focused approach, systemic approach and motivational interviewing), practise them and apply them independently
- are able to provide nutritional advice based on the dietetic process in a quality assured manner using the appropriate counselling technique for the case in hand
- are able to develop and design counselling media (e.g. written, audio-visual) by translating professional and scientific findings into a concise language and form appropriate for the relevant target group and use these materials effectively in the counselling setting
- practise dealing with challenging or special counselling situations in order to gain confidence in dealing with challenging patients and clients (e.g. "difficult" patients, addiction prevention, emotional counselling situations,...)

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