Advanced Certified Bariatric Educator - Health Coaching for Obesity Care

Program Overview

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

The Advanced Certified Bariatric Educator program will help you to implement your  Certified Bariatric Educator (CBE) knowledge, and 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.

This four-day classroom session will focus on the real-world application of bariatric education and health coaching skills through interactive learning with your interprofessional peers. This hands-on, skills-training program is developed by leading field experts across Canada, using an evidence-based, interdisciplinary approach to bariatric care.

Each day of the course will feature practice simulations of standardized case studies with patient actors in facilitated small groups.

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 interprofessionals 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 interprofessional 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 professional or allied health professional 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 licence may be requested.
Entry requirements:

Certified Bariatric Educator Program from the Canadian Obesity Network (CON).

The Certified Bariatric Educator program offered by the CON 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:

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 will include

  • Four half-days of interactive classroom instruction with your peers
  • Four half-days of simulation practice sessions with professional actors
  • Standardized case studies for obesity prevention and care developed specifically for this course

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 the Canadian Obesity Network.

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


Dr. Michael J. Coons - PhD, CPsych, CBSMProgram 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).


The Certified Advanced Bariatric Educator is offered in Partnership with the Canadian Obesity Network.The program is offered as a partnership between York University and the Canadian Obesity Network. The program uses a professional development format and is non-degree and non-credit.CertificationParticipants who complete this program will received designation of Advanced Certified Bariatric Educator (A-CBE) from the Canadian Obesity Network and a certificate of completion from York University. The Advanced Certified Bariatric Educator can also take the place of the the CBE re-qualification after the five-year renewal period.AccreditationPending SCOPE accreditation and CDP points from the World Obesity Federation.

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.

Second Career

The Second Career program through Employment Ontario provides financial support for skills training needed for jobs in demand. You can apply for up to $28,000 for costs including tuition, books, transportation, basic living expenses and child care.
You qualify for Second Career when:
• you have been laid off and have not been working
• you have been laid off and are working a temporary job just to cover costs
• you are receiving Employment Insurance (EI), or have in the past, you can still apply
To apply to Second Career, you have to work with an employment services agency.

Training occupations must demonstrate evidence of good employment prospects in your local labour market. For more information, visit:


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