Professionals and Coaches (NBCC ACEP approved)

How vs. Why, Part 1 (C20019)

CE Hours: 4.0


Course Format: Online

Course Summary (Program Content Description):
Clinicians and clients can get trapped spending too much time on “Why” the client got sick, rather than focusing directly on “How” to get better. In a lively and humorous way, Carolyn shares specific ‘How” strategies that focus on behavior change. Answering questions from eating disorder colleagues, Carolyn provides techniques to use in various situations including; resistance, denial, lack of progress and/or motivation.

CE Credits Offered (Contact Hours): 4.0
Community Counseling for Individuals and Families, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6849. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC are clearly identified.  Community Counseling for Individuals and Families, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

This course meets the qualifications for 4 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Please Note: Licensing boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, we recommend you contact your board directly to confirm if this course meets your specific board’s approval.

Course Fee: $70

Estimated Time to Complete: 4 hours
*Students are allowed 90 days from the time of registration to complete the course. After 90 days, students will no longer have access to course material.*

Carolyn Costin, MA, MEd, LMFT, CEDS, FAED 
LMFT#: 13192 (California) LMFT#: T0535 (Oregon) 

Brief Biography:
Carolyn Costin MFT., is a renowned eating disorder author, therapist, speaker and consultant. Carolyn founded Monte Nido, the first residential eating disorder treatment program, and is one of the world’s leading eating disorder experts.
In 2017, Carolyn opened her Institute, where she trains clinicians, coaches, mentors, and others.

Course Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to state a specific strategy to use to help their clients with behavior change.
2. Participants will be able to describe the use of rewards and consequences with clients
3. Participants will be able to explain the difference of working on the how vs the why.

Target Audience:
This course is intended for all health and mental health providers, dietitians, educators, and researchers interested in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders.

Relevant Teaching/Learning Methods/Course Materials:
This course is offered via an online format.  Instructional methods utilized in this course include online reading materials, a video handout, a course quiz, a course satisfaction survey, and a pre-recorded didactic presentation using clinical case studies to link learning to clinical practice. Additionally, learners are provided with the contact information for the course presenter and course administrator for any questions or concerns related to course content or operation.

While there is no research directly testing the efficacy of the approach used in this course, the interventions described rely upon core cognitive behavioral, client-centered, family systems, developmental, and attachment theory concepts, all with extensive empirical foundations.  Additionally, as founder of Monte Nido & Affiliates, Carolyn Costin initiated a peer-reviewed outcome study of the program’s success while under her clinical direction and while using many of the approaches in this course.

Carolyn Costin
Phone: 310-457-6890
Mailing Address: 30765 Pacific Coast Hwy, #373, Malibu, CA 90265

  • Course Instructions (Optional)
  • Reading #1: Key 6 From the 8 Keys Workbook
  • Reading #2: Key 7 From the 8 Keys Workbook
  • How vs. Why
  • Course QUIZ: How vs. Why
  • Course Evaluation
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever