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Craving Change provides innovative, theory-driven strategies that you can immediately incorporate into your professional practice. Your complete materials arrive with a password to log in to the online training. You can use the Craving Change program for individual consultations or group sessions, and you may use all 8 hours of facilitated material, or only a portion of it, as you see fit based on your role and client goals. The program can also be applied in interdisciplinary settings to manage chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
The Craving Change Curriculum
Health care professionals, organizations, the media and the weight loss industry tend to emphasize what, when and how much to eat. However, the Craving Change approach has redefined healthier eating expertise by focusing on the more important question of WHY we eat the way we do. Most of us know that eating an apple is healthier than eating chocolate cake, so why do we often choose the cake despite our best intentions?
The content of the program is organized into four key components:
- Understand why it’s hard to change eating behaviours
- Identify personal triggers for problematic eating
- Learn to respond to their triggers differently
- Maintain these changes
For decades, research around the world has identified that behaviour change outcomes improve when people are encouraged to be self-managers and to identify internal and external factors that promote or prevent change. The program follows a cognitive-behavioural framework: a gold standard in modern health care. The Craving Change approach helps clients explore the various factors that could be triggering their food cravings and to use thinking and behavioural strategies to make healthier choices more often. The Craving Change program:
- addresses emotional eating
- applies to individual and group counselling
- encourages self-efficacy and self-management
- focuses on cognitive-behavioural strategies
- considers different learning styles
- promotes interdisciplinary practice
The Craving Change approach encourages non-psychotherapeutic health care professionals to teach this information. About 90% of our clinician license holders in Canada are Registered Dietitians. It is ‘stepped care’ in action. This health delivery model supports the incorporation of generalized interventions offered by non-specialists as a first step in client care. For a summary of the evidence underlying the foundations of Craving Change, download Roots and Outcomes.