Diabetes affects more people than ever before. Many sufferers fall through the cracks, and are not controlling their disease. With the right help, diabetes can be managed. Empowered health care workers can help people live longer by applying principles of motivation and change.

In this learning track, your team will recognize the strategies and tools of diabetes self-management. They will learn how to help patients and clients understand their disease and use the most relevant methods for improving health outcomes, living healthier and making meaningful changes. The Promoting Diabetes Self-Management learning track teaches the essential methods of improving the quality of diabetes education.

The three one-week courses in this track cover a variety of topics, including a foundational understanding of diabetes and prediabetes and what conditions co-occur as a result. Participants also learn about patient coaching and how to use the motivational interviewing model to spark change, as well as the best methods for creating a healthier lifestyle.


  • Three weeks, two to three hours per course.
  • Consists of three one-week courses.

The courses in this track will equip you to:

  • Describe different types of diabetes and their signs and symptoms
  • Recognize risk factors for developing diabetes and
  • Identify barriers to disease management and apply motivation techniques
  • Explore the stages of change and what leads to behavior change
  • Know how to help a patient set an agenda, develop goals and use an action plan
  • Identify the core aspects of the motivational interviewing (MI) model
  • Explore the use of the importance and confidence scales
  • Identify local resources for promoting healthier lifestyles, including tobacco cessation, weight control and preventative screening
  • Communicate how to improve diets and physical activity
  • Understand the link between stress and cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity

Course List

Who should enroll in this track?

  • Program directors or coordinators who need to provide skills to a diabetes support team.
  • Non-clinical workers who work in diabetes self-management programs.


Participants who successfully complete this learning track receive a Certificate of Completion in Promoting Diabetes Self-Management.

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