About EBT Certification

Join the new world of neuroscience-based health care, applying Emotional Brain Training (EBT) in your clinical practice. Stress overload is at pandemic levels now. Be part of the solution by becoming certified in EBT.

The EBT method is based on the latest neuroscience, easy to learn, and exciting to use. Our professional training program is integrative and will support you in learning the tools personally, so you can teach from your own experience, as well as using the science and practice of EBT. Begin with our two-day level 1 certification. If you choose to continue to advanced certification, additional courses are available.

This method will transform your clinical practice as it is based on the new paradigm of health care - using emotions as medicine and using brain-based techniques to rewire the brain for optimal health and a life of joy and purpose.

Free EBT Certification Orientation
with EBT Founder, Laurel Mellin, PhD

Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m Pacific Time - Join via Zoom

Laurel Mellin, PhD.
Founder, Emotional Brain Training

Although registration in our basic two-day course is available to all, eligibility to be certified in EBT requires the following qualifications:

  • Certified EBT Provider: A licensed health professional delivering talk therapy services for maladaptive behaviors, disordered eating, mood disorders, trauma, addictive behaviors, couples counseling, or family therapy with these credentials: licensed professional counselor, licensed social worker, licensed marriage and family counselor, certified addiction counselor, licensed psychologist, registered nurse practitioner, registered advanced practice nurse, registered dietitian, licensed nutritionist, or physician.
  • Certified EBT Coach: A certified, licensed, or registered health professional or coach with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with these credentials: registered nurse, certified coach (ICF-approved programs only), physical therapist, speech pathologist, or chiropractor.

EBT Providers deliver EBT for patients with set points 1 to 5, whereas EBT Coaches provide EBT for clients with set points 1 to 3. EBT Coaches and Providers train in separate groups as the sessions emphasize different uses of the skills to enhance their effectiveness with the population they treat.

Choose one of two specialties for delivery of services:

  • Stress Overload (Emotional Health): Provide one-on-one and group training to individuals for the prevention (coaches) or treatment (providers) of stress-induced symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, pain management, addiction, chronic diseases, and relationship stress.
  • Stress Eating (Obesity and Health): Provide one-on-one and group training to individuals for the prevention (coaches) and treatment (providers) of disordered eating, obesity, bariatric medicine, heart disease, and diabetes.

Judy Zehr, LPC, MHRM
Director of Emotional Health, EBT

Levels of Certification

Basic Certification

EBT Certified (Level 1 – Introductory) Overview of EBT & the 5 Core Skills)

EBT Provider or Coach (Level 1) Certification is based on a two-day on-demand or live course that focuses on mastering the skills of self-regulation and the EBT 5 Core Skills of Stress Overload. This program will support you in integrating EBT into your clinical practice and is a prerequisite for advanced levels of certification. Be certified to introduce EBT to clients and apply the self-regulatory skills of the method in clinical practice.

Objectives: The clinician will be able to:

  • Describe why and how EBT treats the root cause of emotional, behavioral, and physical health problems
  • Teach clients how to switch off situational stress overload (Stress Overload Skill #1) in one to three minutes
  • Demonstrate how to switch off survival circuits (Stress Overload Skill #2) to treat reactivity, cravings, negative moods, relationship problems, and maladaptive behaviors
  • Practice the technique for deactivating core circuits (Stress Overload Skill #3) to reconsolidate negative core beliefs
  • Demonstrate a skill to rewire past trauma (Stress Overload Skill #4) and produce a reattachment experience to promote healing
  • Teach clients how to grieve losses (Stress Overload 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

Certification: Certified to introduce EBT to clients and apply the self-regulatory skills of the method. After completion of the program, you will receive:

  • The designation of Certified EBT Provider or 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 $49)
  • Ongoing membership in the EBT online community, including e-learning, mobile app, community support, and audiotape library of clinical workshops (regularly $39/month)
  • Complimentary membership in the EBT professional community for meetings, support, and access to advanced certification training in the method

Evaluation: Pass a multiple-choice quiz about the basics of EBT.

Fee = $399.

Robin Anderson, RD
Director of Nutritional Health, EBT

EBT Certified (Level 2 – Experiential) Rewiring the Emotional Brain

After completing level 1 certification, EBT Coaches and Providers have a desire to experience the method personally and need support as they begin applying EBT in their clinical practice. The certification training includes this support:

  • One-hour Weekly Certification Telegroup - This hands-on training provides time for personal EBT with the advantage of doing role plays, asking clinical or scientific questions, and progressing rapidly. All those in your group are enrolled in the same specialty. These sessions are facilitated by a Certified EBT Master Trainer and limited to 8 coaches or providers to deliver both optimal support and individualized training. Complete the basic 30-day course on EBT and Advanced Course 1, Sanctuary.
  • Weekly Clinical Consultation Session - As you apply the method, questions often arise so we provide a weekly drop-in one-hour consultation session with EBT Founder, Laurel Mellin, PhD. Bring in a challenging encounter or case or listen to others doing LIVE role plays and coaching training.
  • On-Demand Clinical Training Level 2 - Each on-demand course includes 10 lessons, with one hour of clinical training via video and two challenging clinical sessions. Go at your own pace. Listening to clinical sessions give “real world” experiences to enhance your clinical practice and improve your trajectory in becoming Wired at One. A total of 30 hours of training is included in this course.

Objectives: The clinician will be able to:

  • Use the EBT skills in rewiring the emotional brain, including:
    • Mastering the self-regulation and lifestyle skills
    • Explaining the three steps of reconsolidation
    • Developing four Power Grind Ins
    • Participating in online learning: forum boards and workshops
    • Making community connections and giving connecting messages

Certification: Certified to coach clients in the basic 30-day course and Advanced Course 1, Sanctuary and the designation of Certified EBT Provider or Coach (Level 2) in your specialty.

Evaluation: Pass a multiple-choice test and submit a record of one concept or skill you learned from listening to each clinical session.

Fee = $399 per month.

Advanced Certification

EBT Certified (Level 3 – Intermediate) One-on-One Cycle Coaching

Once you have learned the basics of rewiring and self-regulation, turn your attention to one-on-one coaching of Cycles. EBT Provider or Coach (Level 3) Certification provides in-depth skills in Cycle Coaching to facilitate patients in rewiring the most dysregulating circuits. The certification includes this support:

  • One-hour Weekly Certification Telegroup - Continue your hands-on, supportive weekly one-hour training with seven other clinicians and a Master Trainer. Complete the Advanced Courses 2, Authenticity and 3, Vibrancy.
  • Weekly Clinical Consultation Session - Drop in to the one-hour consultation session with EBT Founder, Laurel Mellin, PhD, as needed, and bring in a challenging encounter or case or listen to others doing LIVE role plays and coaching training.
  • On-Demand Clinical Training Level 3 - Complete the 10 lessons at your own pace and listen to clinical content of rich experiences that enhance your personal and professional work. A total of 30 hours of training including 20 actual clinical sessions.

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
    • Delivering an introductory six-week EBT group program to teach the basic skills

Certification: Certified to deliver one-on-one coaching and Advanced Courses 2,Authenticity and 3, Vibrancy in your clinical practice and the designation of Certified EBT Provider or Coach (Level 3) in your specialty.

Evaluation: Pass a multiple-choice test and submit a record of one concept or skill you learned from listening to each clinical session.

Fee = $399 per month.

Dave Ingebritsen, PhD
Director, The EBT Mental Health Initiative

EBT Certified EBT (Level 4 - Advanced) Reconsolidation of Survival Circuits

Next, turn your attention to learning advanced techniques in rewiring survival circuits. Provider or Coach (Level 4) focuses on effective techniques in coaching the reconsolidation of the circuits that drive maladaptive and addictive responses that increase risk of acute and chronic health problems.

  • One-hour Weekly Certification Telegroup - Continue your hands-on, supportive weekly one-hour training with seven other clinicians and a Master Trainer. Complete the Advanced Courses 4, Integrity and 5, Intimacy.
  • Weekly Clinical Consultation Session - Drop in to the one-hour consultation session with EBT Founder, Laurel Mellin, PhD, as needed, and bring in a challenging encounter or case or listen to others doing LIVE role plays and coaching training.
  • On-Demand Clinical Training Level 3 - Complete the 10 lessons at your own pace and listen to clinical content of rich experiences that enhance your personal and professional work. A total of 30 hours of training including 20 actual clinical sessions.

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 losses 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

Certification: Certified to deliver one-on-one coaching and the Advanced Courses 4, Integrity and 5, Intimacy in your clinical practice and the designation of Certified EBT Provider or Coach (Level 4) in your specialty.

Evaluation: Pass a multiple-choice test and submit a record of one concept or skill youlearned from listening to each clinical session.

Fee = $399 per month.

EBT Certified (Level 5 - Fully Certified) Rewiring Core Circuits and Raising the Set Point

To complete full certification in EBT, learn the skills of supporting and inspiring participants to raise their set point. Provider or Coach (Level 5) focuses on effective techniques in coaching patients as they become Wired at One and experience the challenges and rewards of a homeostatic set point.

  • One-hour Weekly Certification Telegroup - Continue your hands-on, supportive weekly one-hour training with seven other clinicians and a Master Trainer. Complete the Advanced Courses 6, Spirituality and 7, Freedom.
  • Weekly Clinical Consultation Session - Drop in to the one-hour consultation session with EBT Founder, Laurel Mellin, PhD, as needed, and bring in a challenging encounter or case or listen to others doing LIVE role plays and coaching training.Complete the Advanced Courses 6, Spirituality and 7, Freedom.
  • On-Demand Clinical Training Level 5 - Complete the 10 lessons at your own pace and listen to clinical content of rich experiences that enhance your personal and professional work. A total of 30 hours of training including 20 actual clinical sessions.

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
  • Describe how to deliver group training in EBT (weekly groups and daily intensives)

Certification: Certified to deliver Advanced Course 6, Spirituality and 7, Freedom in your clinical practice, deliver weekly groups and daily intensives on the EBT Online Portal with the designation of Certified EBT Provider or Coach (Level 5 - Fully Certified) in your specialty.

Evaluation: Pass a multiple-choice test and submit a record of one concept or skill you learned from listening to each clinical session.

Fee = $399 per month.

EBT Certified (Level 6 - Trainer) 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. Fee = $399 per month. Provider Certification = 1 month. Coach Certification = 2 months.

EBT Certified (Level 7 - Master Trainer) 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. Fee = $399 per month. Provider Certification = 1 month. Coach Certification = 2 months.

Fees, cancellations, and continuing education 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.

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