EBT Professional Certification

EBT is a neuroscientific method that equips people with the skills to rewire the stress response.

Become certified in EBT and help clients address the root cause of health problems. Most problems are caused by a dominance of reactive neural circuits, and EBT provides a simple, scientific system for switching off these circuits and activating circuits of resilience.

Stress is the new pandemic and, as times change, there is a need for new tools. Research has shown that cognitive methods are effective in promoting deactivation of the stress response – but only at low stress levels. EBT was designed to switch off the HPA axis and promote optimal states of physiology even at today’s high stress levels.

The EBT tools produce immediate improvements in stress, emotions, cognition, and behavior. Using EBT over time produces lasting improvements in a broad range of health indices. The three certification specialties and their eligibility criteria are:

  • Stress Overload (Emotional Health): A licensed health professional delivering emotional health counseling services (e.g., licensed professional counselor, social worker, psychologist, nurse practitioner, or physician.)
  • Stress Overload (Behavioral Health): A licensed health professional delivering behavioral health counseling services (e.g., addiction specialist, licensed professional counselor, social worker, psychologist, or physician.)
  • Stress Eating (Obesity and Health): A licensed, registered, or certified health professional delivering obesity treatment and disordered eating services (e.g., registered dietitians, licensed nutritionists, licensed professional counselor, psychologist, or physician.)

We welcome you to join the EBT Professional Community and bring these life-changing skills to your clients. Begin with our two-day EBT Coach certification and progress at your own pace.

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Levels of Certification

Certified EBT Coach (Level 1)

EBT Coach (level 1) Certification focuses on mastering the 5 Core Skills of EBT. These are EBT’s most powerful tools and have been tested for more than 10 years. This two-day program will support you in integrating EBT into your clinical practice. Advanced training is available.

Objectives: The clinician will be able to:

  • Describe why and how Emotional Brain Training treats the root cause of emotional, behavioral, and physical health problems.
  • Teach clients how to switch off situational stress overload (Skill #1) in one to three minutes.
  • Demonstrate how to switch off survival circuits (Skill #2) to treat reactivity, cravings, negative moods, relationship problems, and maladaptive behaviors.
  • Practice the technique for deactivating core circuits (Skill #3) to reconsolidate negative core beliefs.
  • Demonstrate a skill to rewire past trauma (Skill #4) and produce a reattachment experience to promote healing.
  • Teach clients how to grieve losses (Skill #5) to improve emotional and behavioral health.
  • Appraise the nature of the research- and evidence-base for EBT and evaluate its risks and limitations.
  • Develop a plan for integrating EBT into their professional practice for their specialty.

EBT Coach Certificate Program: Participate in two days of didactic and experiential seminars facilitated by EBT Founder Laurel Mellin, PhD and EBT Master Trainers. After completing the two-day program, begin using EBT in your practice and in your personal life. Listen to audiotapes of exemplary and challenging coaching sessions and review a PDF of The EBT Handbook: A Guide to Emotional Brain Training for Coaches and Providers. Then take a 30-item multiple-choice quiz about the basics of EBT. Fee = $399. After completion of the program, you will receive:

  • The designation of Certified EBT Coach (Level 1) in your specialty.
  • A print copy of The EBT Handbook: A Guide to Emotional Brain Training for Coaches and Providers, Laurel Mellin, PhD (2022). 293 pp. (regularly $40).
  • A six-month membership in the EBT online community, including e-learning, mobile app, community support, and audiotape library of clinical workshops (regularly $234).
  • Membership in the EBT professional community for meetings, support, and access to advanced certification training in the method.

Certified EBT Provider (Level 2) Experiential Training in Resilience and Rewiring

Objectives: The clinician will be able to:

  • Use the EBT skills in treating stress overload or stress eating, including:
    • Mastering the self-regulation and lifestyle skills.
    • Developing four Power Grind Ins.
    • Participating in online learning: forum boards and workshops.
    • Giving connecting messages and making community connections.
  • Develop a plan for implementing EBT stress resilience and emotional neuroplasticity training into your professional activities and building your practice.

Experiential EBT Certification Course: Teach EBT from your personal experience and from Brain State 1 by participating in one of these three experiential options to complete the 30-day basic program in your specialty:

  • The 30-Day Intensive - Daily (except Sundays) 30-minute telegroup (Fee = $699).
  • A Premium Group - Weekly one-hour telegroup ($159/month).
  • A Spiral Up Group - Weekly 30-minute telegroup ($89/month).

An additional $75 documentation fee for certification level 2 applies.

Certified EBT Provider (Level 3) One-on-One Cycle Coaching

Objectives: The clinician will be able to:

  • Coach participants in one-on-one Cycle Coaching including:
    • Explaining the science of stress resilience.
    • Administering the Brain Based Health Inventory.
    • Identifying each step in the Cycle Tool process for each of the three types of Cycles and the rationale for each step.
    • Conducting a one-on-one session with a participant adjusting for skill insufficiencies, set points, and circuit types.
    • Using EBT techniques in coaching sessions for 5 Circuits, which promote rewiring adverse childhood experiences and later episodes of trauma.
  • Develop a plan for implementing EBT Cycle Coaching into your professional activities and building your practice.

Intermediate EBT Certification Course: Four weeks, including two hours per week of small group Zoom sessions with a Certified EBT Trainer for experiential learning and clinical practice, and four hours per week of e-learning. Pass a 50-item multiple-choice test and participate in all training sessions (or participate in coaching as a substitute, additional fees apply). $399

Additional training required prior to receiving Level 3 certification: Complete advanced courses 1 and 2 with the support of an advanced intensive or a weekly one-hour telegroup.

Certified EBT Provider (Level 4) Reconsolidation of Survival Circuits

Objectives: The clinician will be able to:

  • Train participants in effective neuroplastic peer support experiences.
  • Explain the reconsolidation science of EBT to participants.
  • Conduct a one-on-one session with a participant, including:
    • Educating participant in the three steps of reconsolidation.
    • Using discovery techniques to identify a survival circuit.
    • Training in grieving loss and promoting reattachment experiences.
    • Negating the survival circuit’s ineffective message.
    • Transforming the circuit to promote resilience and secure attachment.
    • Using the Brain Based Health app to release productive stress.
    • Using the Power Grind In and assessing signs of reconsolidation.
    • Explaining common challenging configurations of circuits and how to treat them.
  • Deliver telegroup interventions for stress resilience and reconsolidation.
  • Develop a plan for implementing EBT reconsolidation into your professional activities and building your practice.

Advanced EBT Certification Course: Four weeks, including two hours per week of small group Zoom sessions with a Certified EBT Trainer for experiential learning and clinical practice, and four hours per week of e-learning. Pass a 50-item multiple-choice test and participate in all training sessions (or participate in coaching as a substitute, additional fees apply). $399

Additional training required prior to receiving Level 4 certification: Complete advanced courses 3 to 5 with the support of an advanced intensive or a weekly one-hour telegroup.

Certified EBT Provider (Level 5) – Rewiring Core Circuits and Raising the Set Point

Objectives: The clinician will be able to:

  • Explain the advanced reconsolidation science of EBT to participants.
  • Conduct a one-on-one session with a participant, including:
    • Explaining the rationale for each core process of raising the set point, including a cohesive narrative, visualizations, and expressive arts therapy, encoding elevated emotions, and rewiring trauma circuits.
    • Applying each of these therapies in challenging role-plays.
    • Coaching the Cycle Tool for participants with allostatic set points.
    • Identifying coaching techniques to promote safety with sensitive topics.
  • Discuss advanced techniques for participant management and referral.
  • Identifying common resistance to raising the set point.
  • Develop a plan for implementing EBT core circuits and raising the set point into your professional activities and building your practice.

Fully Certified EBT Certification Course: Four weeks, including two hours per week of small group Zoom sessions with a Certified EBT Trainer for experiential learning and clinical practice, and four hours per week of e-learning. $399.

Additional training required prior to receiving Level 5 certification: Complete advanced courses 6 and 7 with the support of an advanced intensive or a weekly one-hour telegroup.

Trainer (Level 6) Training Professionals

After a minimum of two years of delivering EBT services through the EBT portal, Level 5 providers can apply for Level 6 Trainer Certification Training. Trainer courses are focused on deepening knowledge of the science, theory, and practice of EBT and specializing in one area: training, research, or service. $399

Master Trainer (Level 7) Leadership and Training Professionals

After a minimum of five years of delivering EBT services through the EBT portal, Level 6 trainers can apply for Level 7 Master Trainer Certification Training. Master Trainer courses are focused on leadership activities in EBT, including training, research, or service. $399

Fees, cancellations, and continuing educations credit: All fees are prepaid, and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Full refunds are given up to two weeks before the program begins, 50 percent up to the date of the first session, and no refunds thereafter. Request information about continuing education credit with a fee of $30 per course.

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Questions? Email Frannie Wilson Manager, EBT Professional Training frannie@ebt.org