John Gilbert, MS, RD, CCP, RHC-III, ACSM-CEP®
Along with the traditional educational background and credentials listed below, and for orientation to his area of specialization, John’s story includes acceptance into the mostly highly regarded organization in his specialty of Motivational Interviewing. This a worldwide group of trainers and practitioners known as the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). He graduated his training for MINT in Krakow, Poland, and is highly involved in MINT’s quality assurance and improvement process of trainer certification.
Professional volunteer efforts:
- American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) – RD Working Committee (position paper and research sub-committee)
- Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) – Committee Reviewer (review applicants and materials for upholding credibility standards)
- MINT – Professional Development Committee (trainer certification fidelity and inter-rater reliability)
- Past MINT Plus Mentor for newly MINTed Trainers
- Past multi-year President and other board positions of Greater Spokane Dietetic Association (GSDA)
John’s traditional educational background includes:
- B.Sc. in Exercise Physiology & Metabolism
- Master’s in Human Nutrition
- Highest level certificate of training in Adult Weight Management, completing Level 1 and 2 through CDR
- Highest level proficiency with Motivational Interviewing (MI) in Healthcare as a Registered Health Coach Expert (RHC-III) through the Health Sciences Institute
John’s credentials include:
- American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) – Clinical Exercise Physiologist® (CEP®)
- ACSM – Exercise is Medicine ® Level II Practitioner
- Health Sciences Institute – Chronic Care Professional (CCP) and Chronic Care Professional (CCP)
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – Registered Dietitian (RD)
John’s story (aside from details above):
- John’s career focus is on improving others’ quality of life, particularly through physical health and mental health, while improving efficiency and effectiveness for professionals wanting to contribute to others’ lives. His passion for finding the most credible, evidence-based, efficient & effective approaches for helping people led him to Motivational Interviewing (particularly due to its best-practice status in the behavior change science after being introduced to Self-Determination Theory). John’s utilized MI in clinics, nursing homes, hospitals, and social work settings. He has also provided training for empowering organizations to sustain outcome improvements through teaching MI coding and coaching with fidelity. To accomplish this fidelity, he has utilized, and provided multiple trainings on, the tool known as the MI Treatment Integrity (MITI) manual. Now he trains on, and coaches with, the latest MI fidelity tool he co-authored, known as the MI Competency Assessment (MICA) tool. As a co-author on a team of highly experienced and credible authors for the MICA, and as someone who has coded and coached literally thousands of MI sessions, John is intimately attune to nuances with MI that are commonly missed in usual MI training and feedback. Thanks in large part to his mentor in MI, Casey Jackson, he continues to receive testimonials that the MI Training or coaching he facilitates, or the training of professionals in the MICA tool, is a helpful and unique approach and perspective with MI, to the extent of the Institute’s approach being the “avant garde” of MI when training the MICA in Wroclaw, Poland.
- One of these projects where John both trained and utilized the MICA extensively was a nation-wide project that commenced at the end of 2016, where he traveled around the nation to train over 1800 dietitians with the collaboration of two other trainers from Q-Consult LLC (a company ran by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded researcher, Dr. Susan Butterworth). Simultaneously, he was part of a team of coaches who utilized the MICA for providing feedback and coaching to over 6,000 audio recorded interactions of healthcare professionals and patients.
- John remains loyal to his mentoring and training of Casey Jackson and his Institute for Individual & Organizational Change (IFIOC). Through IFIOC, John has been adjunct Faculty at Eastern Washington University, teaching MI while coding and coaching Occupational Therapy (OT) students with standardized reports using the MICA, and continuing to guest lecture to this day. He also regularly provides interactive guest training to healthcare students from Washington State University, Gonzaga University, and University of Washington, along with local health professionals interested in providing the highest quality and most effective and efficient care to their clients/patients.
- While training locally to students and professionals, he simultaneously would be training different divisions within the Department of Social and Human Services (DSHS) to help a variety of services that empower low income individuals and families with employment, security, and self-sufficiency. For example, Department of Corrections, Head Start/ECEAP, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Community Service Offices, and other social services. Whereas, over the last 2 years, he has been traveling around the country training, coding, and coaching professionals in an organization that helps those with criminal backgrounds responsibly, autonomously, and pro-socially integrate back into society via a special re-employment program through the Center for Employment Opportunities. Most recently, John co-trained the MICA and an Advanced MI training in Wroclaw, Poland with his mentor and MICA co-author, Casey Jackson, where the MICA has been translated into Polish for international application.
- Be it training healthcare, or social work, behavioral health, or corrections professionals, John continues to focus on the evidence of MI, incorporating it into training and systems implementation.