Course Description:

Positive interactions with families to discuss their child’s health can make the difference in promoting positive change, improving health, and reducing overweight and obesity. Sometimes these conversations can be difficult or may feel uncomfortable. Building communication skills can help reduce discomfort and improve confidence in communicating with families about their child’s weight and overall health. This training will discuss communication strategies, and provide the opportunity to practice conversations through simulated case examples.  

Content for this training was adapted from the Children's Healthy Living (CHL) Center of Excellence.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Practice principles for effective communication: trust, active listening, positive psychology, and a strength-based approach.
  2. Adjust communication strategies based on stages of change or readiness to change.
  3. Utilize communication tools including growth charts and other visual aids.
  4. Explore the idea of cultural safety as it relates to communication.

Target Audience: Public Health Professionals

Duration: 1.0 hour

Continuing Education Information: 1.0 CECH for CHES, 1.0 CPEU for RDNs