I was listening to a webinar by Dr Ellen Glovsky RD recently and I had to laugh out loud when she said:
‘After 20 years of practice…I began to notice that almost NO ONE who I had asked to make changes to their diet over the 20 years I had been working had actually made those changes that I had recommended!’
I laughed heartily, not at Ellen but at the stark bold truth in what she was saying. It was spot on. Ellen goes on to comment on how discouraging it is to be well intentioned, highly educated and hard working and not be able to make a lasting difference to people’s well being. I’m with you Ellen!
As APD’s (and many other health professionals) we are diligently trained in the medical model. Of course this has great merit in imparting the importance of scientific rigour and knowledgeable expertise. For those of us working in the area of nutritional science, the medical model is an important paradigm.
For those of us working in helping people with eating behaviours (most of us out there) the medical model gives us a square peg for a round hole! It can be a profound impediment to helping people.
In this issue I will be exploring some of the core ideas that discriminate the client centered model from the medical model in which most of us work and were trained. How does the client centered model offer us leverage to be effective and also help us enjoy our job more? Download to read more...