Facilitators of Change Nutrition/Behavior Counseling


* Dealing With Strong Feelings, Doubts and Disagreements



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* Dealing With Strong Feelings, Doubts and Disagreements.
Strive to be sensitive to the feelings of others; lead the group to share their knowledge and experience without telling others what they should do. Make sure that participants’ experiences and solutions to their own problems are offered to the others as “possibilities and suggestions” rather than dictating only one way to do it.
* Dealing With Erroneous Information.
When someone’s input to the group discussion includes incorrect information, you can make a statement that emphasizes the worth of their experience and your respect for their decision, whether you agree with it or not.
Some possible responses, which avoid embarrassing the person, are:

  • “I’m very glad that worked for you. Other people have found that _______ worked better for them.”

- “I’m very glad that worked for you, but all the references we’ve seen do not recommend it.”


- “I’m glad you brought that up. That “used” to be what was generally recommended, but now new research has found that …”


  • “You’ve brought up a really interesting issue. Let’s look it up in (a specific reference) and see what they say about it.”




  • “That’s too bad. What could you have done differently if you had the information we have talked about today?”




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