Family Counseling: Childhood Nutrition

Family Counseling: Childhood Nutrition is an interactive role-play simulation that prepares health professionals to use motivational interviewing (MI) to engage parents in difficult conversations related to childhood obesity and nutrition.

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Government/Non-Profit and Healthcare

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Healthcare Provider

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Healthcare and Healthcare and Communication Skills

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45 Minutes



In this simulation, providers learn to reform parents' attitudes towards sugar-sweetened beverages, breastfeeding, and picky eaters. Providers practice relationship-centered communication to elicit parents' concerns, identify and amplify their reasons for change, and collaborate on an achievable plan for change.

This virtual learning experience provides learners practice with three scenarios to build confidence leading real-world patient encounters. It can be used as a stand-alone learning experience; or, in a larger curriculum, it can serve as practice and/or a focal point for discussion.

Learning objectives:

  • Motivational Interviewing and Patient-Centered Counseling techniques including Reflective Listening and Sustain Talk
  • Listening to patients and families with empathy and help them work through their reasons for and against change
  • Supporting patients and families in addressing obstacles and creating change plans they're motivated to follow

Research shows that with experiential practice, increased emotional engagement and reflective thinking leads to stronger self-efficacy and behavior change.

This simulation was developed in a close collaboration between Kognito's simulation scientists, The American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight, and leading experts in the fields of pediatrics and motivational interviewing.

Users receive customized feedback based on their in-simulation choices.

The simulation is available online 24/7. Users are asked to complete pre-, post-, and 3-month follow up surveys to assess changes in skills. Attitudes, and behavior. Upon completion, users receive a certificate of completion.  Clients have access to usage reports and evaluation data via the Kognito client portal.

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