Individuals interested in obtaining the IDC Certificate


The IDC Certificate is available for individuals who complete 25 hours of Inclusive Diabetes Care training in five topic areas

  • Inclusive Diabetes Care
  • Health Equity
  • Trauma
  • Counseling
  • Disordered Eating & Disordered Coping

Correctly answer 120 questions on the 150 question exam

Learning Objectives for Track 1,

Inclusive Diabetes Care

  • Defining weight stigma and bias
  • Cite research exploring the impact of weight stigma and bias on self-care and diabetes
  • Cite at least five concerns about diabetes research: 
  • understanding correlation vs causation, 
  • defining behaviors vs outcomes, 
  • moderators and mediators in research, 
  • the problem of reductionist thinking in the face of a complex and dynamic condition, and 
  • Understanding the core defects of type 2 diabetes 
  • Communicate the ADCES self-care seven behaviors in a weight inclusive manner
  • Communicate inclusive diabetes care by implementing the joint language guidelines of the ADCES
  • Communicate the intersection and emerging trends include but are not limited to communication, self-assessment, research, trauma, race, gender, and social determinates of health, and disrupting the status quo regarding weight-centered care
  • Effectively assessing and disrupting inadequate systems to improve patient outcomes and experiences
  • Engage in self-reflection to describe your personal relationship with weight stigma and bias 


Track 2: Fostering Health Equity


  • Defining health equity in general and in diabetes care
  • Reviewing the research regarding the prevalence and impact of health equity or inequity in diabetes care
  • Identify at least four barriers to health equity including
  • Intersection ie: with race, racism, 
  • Past, present, and future barriers to health equity
  • Access (financial ability, transportation)
  • Identify at least four ways to improve health equity including
  • The concepts and guiding principles of disruption, societal (laws and views) Organizational/Institutional, Professional, and Personal
  • Resources allocation: Exploring the concept of privilege
  • Research, Program, and Outcomes: A review of effective efforts 
  • Intersection and emerging trends include but are not limited to communication, self-assessment, research, trauma, race, gender, social determinates of health, and disrupting the status quo regarding health inequity
  • Describe how health equity improves outcomes for all


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Track 3: Trauma-Informed Care in Diabetes


  • Defining trauma
  • Defining the purpose and learning objectives of the trauma-informed approach? 
  • Four key assumptions of a trauma-informed approach? 
  • Six principles of implementing a trauma-informed approach 
  • How does trauma impact health, self-care, and health equity? 
  • Understand trauma in the context of your community 
  • Intersection and emerging trends include but are not limited to communication, program development, self-assessment, research, race, gender, social determinates of health
  • Effectively assessing disrupting inadequate systems to improve patient outcomes and experiences
  • The role of identifying and strengthening resilience in addressing trauma-informed care


Track 4: Counseling


  • Self-acceptance and Nonjudgmental counseling framework 
  • Principles of self-acceptance
  • Nonjudgmental counseling framework
  • Research review and evidence regarding self-acceptance and nonjudgmental counseling models
  • Separating weight from health and diabetes care
  • Understanding diet culture
  • Understanding gender and diet culture
  • Understanding the conditions for disordered eating
  • Identifying at-risk populations
  • Trauma, diabetes, and self-care behaviors
  • Understanding power dynamics within healthcare
  • The art of listening vs telling
  • Patient-centered medical care
  • Principles
  • Research
  • Implementing
  • Understanding the principles of therapeutic counseling in a non-therapy position.
  • Intersection and emerging trends include but are not limited to communication, self-assessment, research, trauma, race, gender, social determinates of health diabetes care.
  • Effectively assessing and disrupting inadequate systems to improve patient outcomes and experiences
  • Identifying/Sharing local support systems to meet the needs of diverse groups


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Diabetes, Disordered Eating, and Coping


  • Overview of disordered eating
  • Overview of disordered coping including addiction, self-harm, subclinical eating concerns 
  • Disordered eating and diabetes
  • Screening for disordered eating in diabetes care
  • Review of research 
  • Intersection and emerging trends include but are not limited to communication, family dynamics, diabetes distress, internet-based resources, trauma, race, gender, social determinates of health diabetes care race.
  • Effectively assessing and disrupting inadequate systems to improve patient outcomes and experiences
  • Supporting cultural food choices 
  • For example, explore how diet culture and white supremacy culture may disrupt this support.