Advanced Certified Bariatric Educator Certificate: Health Coaching for Obesity Care

Program Overview

Optimize outpatient bariatric care with the advanced certified bariatric educator program developed by York University and Obesity Canada.

The Advanced Certified Bariatric Educator program will help you implement your  Certified Bariatric Educator (CBE) knowledge, and support outpatient obesity prevention and management through health coaching. Learn how to apply health coaching skills to support at-risk or bariatric patients in primary care, community centres, and specialty clinics.

Practice your new skills through simulations with patient actors in facilitated small groups each day. Standardized case studies and course content were developed in collaboration with Obesity Canada for this course.

This four-day classroom session will focus on the real-world application of bariatric education and health coaching skills through interactive learning with your inter-professional peers. This hands-on, skills-training program uses an evidence-based, interdisciplinary approach to bariatric care.

How Can Health Coaching Apply to Obesity Prevention and Care?

Excess weight is related to chronic illness, which has significant impact on health care system. Health coaching is proven to be an effective chronic disease management intervention, which focuses on techniques for motivational behaviour change, prevention, and self-management of health.

Health coaching can help with the early prevention of obesity and other related issues, to offset the overuse of health care resources and increase efficiency of care providers. This program will familiar you with the latest evidence around weight management and equip you with health coaching to help you enhance your practice.

Program Benefits

  • Add credibility to your practice with obesity education materials developed by leading experts in the field
  • Enhance your CV with the Advanced Certified Bariatric Educator (A-CBE) certification recognized across Canada. Certification is valid for 5 years and there are NO annual ongoing fees to maintain this credential.
  • Gain hands-on and practical health coaching training to help you engage and assess bariatric clients, and guide self-management and behaviour change
  • Reinforce your existing bariatric knowledge and learn how to implement evidence into practice through health coaching case studies, simulations with patient actors
  • Learn and network with your inter-professional peers and share best practices through discussions
  • Practice skills that can impact modifiable weight-related behaviours of clients leading to healthier lives and improved quality of life for the clients
  • Prevent complications from excess body weight in your client population, and free up resources for more complex cases

Learning Outcomes

  • Effective inter-professional collaboration and integration of clinical and community care for obesity
  • Patient-centered communication, motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioural therapy skills and practice how to communicate between patient-provider and provider-provider
  • Assessment and care planning competencies including nutrition, pain management and coping skills
  • System navigation of existing bariatric care services and resources
  • Accommodations and safety measures specific to people with obesity
  • Strategies to minimize bias towards and discrimination against people with obesity, and impact of media information and images around obesity
  • Manage obesity outcomes including functional outcomes (mobility, pain levels) and personal outcomes (quality of life, distress)

Who Should Take This Course?

  • Registered health care professionals or allied health professionals supporting bariatric surgical patients, bariatric medical patients, or persons with obesity including general practitioners, nurses, dieticians, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, pharmacists etc. Proof of registration or license may be requested.
Entry requirements:

Certified Bariatric Educator Program from Obesity Canada.

The Certified Bariatric Educator program offered by the Obesity Canada assesses and credentials allied healthcare professionals in Canada as having achieved specialized knowledge in the principles of obesity management competency and in obesity management and bariatric care. To find out more about the CBE program, please visit the Obesity Canada site.

Please contact us if you do not have your CBE standing but are interested in the program and can demonstrate equivalent knowledge and experience.

Program Content


  • The Advanced Certified Bariatric Educator program includes four (4) full classrooms days.
  • Each day is made up of half-day of interaction learning with your inter-professional peers and half-day of live simulations with patient actors using standardized case/client studies.

Program Overview

The practical and applied program will use case studies and simulation to apply knowledge you have acquired through the Certified Bariatric Educators (CBE) exam process into practice.

Participants who complete this program will receive a certificate of completion from York University and designation of Certified Advanced Bariatric Educator (A-CBE) from Obesity Canada.

Day 1
  • Introduction to Health Coaching for Obesity
  • Bariatric Care and Effective Communication Simulations
Day 2
  • Overview of Assessment and Care Planning
  • Assessment and Care Planning Simulations
Day 3
  • Implementation of Care Plan and Intervention
  • Implementation of Care Plan and Intervention Simulations
Day 4
  • Implementation of Care Plan and Intervention Simulations
  • Special Considerations and Implementation Issues


The Certified Advanced Bariatric Educator is offered as a partnership between York University and the Obesity Canada. The program uses a professional development format and is non-degree and non-credit.

Certification Participants who complete this program will receive:

  • Advanced Certified Bariatric Educator (A-CBE) designation from Obesity Canada. The Advanced Certified Bariatric Educator can also take the place of the the CBE re-qualification after the five-year renewal period.
  • Certificate of completion from York University.
  • Pending SCOPE accreditation and CDP points from the World Obesity Federation.


Dr. Michael J. Coons - PhD, CPsych, CBSM, Program Director, Assistant Professor-University of Toronto, Adjunct Professor-York University 

Dr. Coons is a clinical psychologist who specializes in health psychology. He completed his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Waterloo, and his pre-doctoral clinical internship in medical psychology at Duke University Medical Centre. He was formerly on faculty in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, and Adjunct Professor in Psychology at York University.Dr. Coons has also been appointed to the Obesity Scientific Committee of the American Heart Association (2012-2014; 2014-2016). Dr. Coons’ expertise is in the implementation of cognitive and behavioural interventions for the treatment of health-related problems. These include: obesity and weight management, psychosocial adjustment to chronic diseases (e.g., Obesity, Type 1 and 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, pain), adherence to health behaviours for chronic disease prevention and management (e.g., diet, exercise, medications), and insomnia and related behavioural sleep issues (e.g., adherence to sleep apnea treatment). Dr. Coons’ expertise also includes the assessment and treatment of mood anxiety problems that often co-occur with acute and chronic illnesses).

Julie Stein, RD, CDE, CBE

Julie is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator who specializes in bariatric nutrition. Julie earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Medical Science and Foods and Nutrition from the University of Western Ontario. She then completed her dietetic internship at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. She started her career providing specialized diabetes education and she is now part of the skilled multi-disciplinary team in the Bariatric Centre of Excellence at St Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton.

Dr. Sabreena Chohan – Ph.D., C.Psych.

Dr. Chohan is a clinical and health psychologist who works with children, adolescents, and adults. She received her doctoral degree in 2011 from Lakehead University. Dr. Chohan's interests include disordered eating behaviour, body image concerns and other psychological outcomes (i.e., mood, anxiety) post bariatric surgery. In addition, she is interested in variables associated with weight regain among surgical patients. Dr. Chohan implements cognitive and behavioural treatments to assist with the management of health-related issues such as obesity, diabetes, and infertility. She also has a strong background in the assessment and treatment of mood and anxiety issues both with and without comorbid health concerns. Dr. Chohan works as a Psychologist in the Bariatric Centre of Excellence at St Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University.

Funding Sources

Please note that these funding sources below are listed here for your information only. York University or HLLN does not directly provide this funding or apply for grants.Nursing Education InitiativeNurses taking this program may be eligible to receive reimbursement of up to $1500 from the Education Initiative offered through the RNAO. You do NOT have to be an RNAO member to apply for the funding. Please visit the RNAO website, Education Funding, for more details

The Allied Health Professional Development Fund

Allied Health professionals taking this Workshop may be eligible to receive reimbursement of up to $1500 from the Allied Health Professional Development Fund offered through HealthForce Ontario. Please visit the HealthForce Ontario website for more details

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Through the Canada-Ontario Job Grant you may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.
The Canada-Ontario Job Grant can be used to purchase training for your employees. York University/The Health Leadership & Learning Network is an eligible training provider and the grant can be applied to all of our offerings and for in-house training.
You can apply at any time. Employers can apply for one employee or for a large group of employees
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Please note: Not all employers are eligible to apply, please consult the Canada-Ontario Job Grant website for more details.


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