Symposium Session: Beyond the Textbook: Putting the AWE in Awesome in Diabetes Care: Acceptance, Well-Being, Empowerment

This is not a webinar or course for purchase - this is a module for credit claiming for our 2022 Spring Symposium attendees and cannot be purchased or taken by non-attendees. These sessions are exclusive to our Symposium; however, the topics may be revisited in the future in the form of a webinar or self-study course.

Over 30 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes. Dietitians have learned how the metabolic system works through university coursework. This presentation will give the audience insight on how diabetes plays out in a person’s daily routine, beyond what we have learned via textbooks. Both presenters have been living with type 1 diabetes for 100 years collectively. They will share both personal and professional vignettes to take you through various examples of real-life situations living with diabetes.  

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:

  1. Implement strategies when counseling people with diabetes.
  2. Identify cognitive distortions where you can use acceptance, well-being, or empowerment as part of the outcome.
  3. Identify ways to reduce stress using problem solving together with patients and their family members.

Additional Information

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4.1.1, 8.1.1, 8.2.1, 10.3.3
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Toby Smithson, MS, RDN, LD, CDCES, FAND, is a certified diabetes care and education specialist (CDCES) and registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) who has successfully managed her own type 1 diabetes for more than five decades. She has dynamically combined her professional knowledge with her life experiences managing diabetes by producing scores of videos under the banner DiabetesEveryDay, guiding people with diabetes to better understand and practice diabetes self-management at her website, on YouTube at DiabetesEveryDay and on other social media platforms. 

Toby was recently awarded the 2021 Benedictine University Alumni Achievement Award and the 2020 Diabetes Educator of the Year honor by the Diabetes Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a former media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and media spokesperson for the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists.

Toby is a frequent resource for nutrition writers and bloggers and writes regularly for U.S. News and World Report and She is the principal author of “Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition for Dummies.” She earned her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, Nutrition and Food Science from Northern Illinois University’s Coordinated Undergraduate Program and her Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness form Benedictine University. Toby is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND).  

Toby Smithson, MS, RDN, LD, CDCES, FAND reports the following relevant disclosures: she has received support from Almond Board of California; Grain Foods Foundation; She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.   

Dr. Beverly S. Adler, PhD, CDCES, is a licensed clinical psychologist, CDCES, author and speaker. Known to her patients as "Dr. Bev," she sees children, adolescents, adults, and seniors in her private practice in Baldwin, NY. In addition to discussing issues of diabetes management, therapy focuses on processing feelings of denial, depression, diabetes distress, anger, guilt, and anxiety regarding adjustment to this chronic condition.

Using a cognitive-behavioral orientation, she provides individual, family, and/or group therapy sessions. Dr. Bev loves what she does and feels she is uniquely qualified to treat patients with diabetes as she has successfully lived with type 1 diabetes for the past 47 years. She feels that she is a good role model for her patients, as well as someone with a lot of empathy for the daily coping that people with diabetes must face.    

Dr. Bev has published two self-help books which include insightful lessons of empowerment written by successful women and men living with diabetes. She has published numerous articles in print and online about diabetes self-management - always with the focus on emotional adjustment.  She is also especially proud to have been the recipient of the Certified Diabetes Educator Entrepreneur of the Year Award presented by the Metropolitan New York Association of Diabetes Educators in August 2016.   

Dr. Beverly S. Adler, PhD, CDCES has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.


Available Credit

  • 1.00 CDR


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