About the Course Creator and Instructor
Julie Matthews is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and Director of Clinical Research for the BioIndividual Nutrition Institute. She is a writer, speaker, and clinician with a nutrition practice in San Francisco, California.
Having spoken at many medical and autism conferences around the world, Julie has become a global thought leader in the field of bioindividual nutrition.
For 15 years, Julie Matthews has worked with autism, special needs, and complex neurological disorders, allowing her to gain a unique expertise from which she developed the advanced framework of the BioIndividual Nutrition training program.
Julie realized that the dietary approaches that provided success with her most difficult clients, were the same principles that could heal almost all chronic conditions. Julie is the author of an award-winning book, Nourishing Hope for Autism, and she is the Founder of Nourishing Hope.
Clinical Materials & Tools Include
- Easy to Use Clinical Charts, Handouts: GMO Guide, Toxin Guide, and many more
- Diet Implementation Guides and Food lists for your patients and clients
- Nourishing Hope Food Pyramid poster and client tools plus Nourishing Hope for Autism (book) and Cooking to Heal (cookbook and videos)
- Online Clinical Diet Assessment Questionnaire
- Symptom/Diet Chart
- Decision-making flow chart
Masters Series Webinars
Masters Webinars are available only to Members of the BioIndividual Nutrition Training and Certification program. These sessions will include guest speakers, scientific advisory board members, and others for more in depth scientific discussions.
Blog, Newsletter & Continuing Education
Our Blog includes insights and recent research, relevant news, Member spotlights, case studies, and more. Members may contribute articles, research, and collaborate in meeting Institute and Member educational and program objectives.
Private Forums & Facebook Group
Connect with colleagues on the latest in nutrition news, science and research using our forums and other online tools. Protecting the privacy of patients and practitioners is very important to us. Also connect online via private Facebook group.
There is tremendous need for qualified health professionals that can work with the varied dietary programs specific to certain health conditions. Julie’s course provides you the knowledge to establish a niche specialty that is highly marketable for your personal business.Dr. Kurt Woeller
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
About the Training
Do you have to be a certified nutritionist?
No. The program is open to professionals in practice that make diet and nutrition recommendations. Our Members include nutrition consultants, dietitians, as well as medical doctors, naturopaths, nurses, health coaches, and more. You bring your own credentials - our program is not a credentialing program. It is an advanced nutrition course geared towards active practitioners from varied disciplines. The course provides acumen and tools that augment existing healthcare credentials. Practitioners can become listed in our Practitioner Directory.
Does this course certify me to practice nutrition in my state?
No. This training does not provide certification to legally practice nutrition. To practice nutrition, individuals must have a primary nutrition certification and must follow the laws in their state and country. SEE PREVIOUS QUESTION
Can people outside the United States participate in this course?
Yes. This course is fully online so people can participant from any country and any time zone. We have Members from 22 nations. And, as with those in the United States, you should ensure to follow the laws in your own country regarding specific scope of practice.
Who gets listed in the Online directory?
Practitioners can become listed in our Practitioner Directory when the pass the comprehensive exam after each course. Other individuals and resources can become listed in our Community Directory. SEE EARLIER QUESTION
About the Enrollment Process
When you enroll in the BioIndividual Nutrition Training, ALL course Modules and content are available to you, as is the link to the exam, and the ability to immediately create your online profile - which initially is shared with other Members, and you can join the Member’s private Facebook group to connect and present questions.
- The course is designed to be “taken” accordingly: proceeding through modules sequentially, engaging the reading along the way. Initially the course was delivered weekly, and many new students align with a weekly schedule because they can work it in. Others dive in, and complete the whole course in a month - the variance is tremendous, as it should be - since each professional’s life is unique. The training course empowers clinicians in many ways.
- The exam should be taken when you are ready; after completing all modules and feeling comfortable with the learning from the course. There are 50 multiple choice questions, drawn from the content of the course (no sneaky questions from readings). You have 60 minutes to complete the exam, closed book, you cannot reference course content while taking the exam. Ninety percent correct is required to pass. Any wrongly answered questions are shown to you after the exam; you can review them and take the exam again. That is, if you don’t pass the exam the first time, you can take it twice more. Once you pass the exam, your online profile becomes public in our online directory.
Is there a certain timeframe to complete the course?
No. Both courses are available to study “at-your-own-pace.” Course modules should be completed in sequence, and you have as much time as needed to proceed through the course. You have unlimited access to the course content and materials.
What is the time commitment to complete the course?
The total time varies from person to person. On average, a Module takes 2 ½ hours to watch/listen to the material. Additionally, there is reading and research you’ll be interested in exploring related to each module. Each person’s learning style differs – some people choose to do one module per week (similar to attending a university class), while others prefer a couple modules per month. Some time-available go-getters dive in and go faster. There is a lot of information to learn and apply, be sure to proceed at whatever pace works for YOU.
Is there an exam for this course? Is it open book? Is there a minimum pass rate?
Members that wish to be listed in our online Practitioner Directory must pass a comprehensive exam after the course. It is a closed book, timed, exam that requires a passing score of 90%.
What if I don’t pass the first time?
You have three chances to pass the exam. If you don’t pass, the incorrect questions are revealed to help you further study the material.
Are CEUs available?
Those associated with the Nutritional Therapy Association can earn 24 CEUs for each course. Many of their graduates have enrolled and benefitted from the course.
What about other schools/organizations?
We’re fully open to working with any organization, though do not currently have the capacity to pro-actively reach out to this/that one (hopefully soon, since the need/opportunity is tremendous). I’ve chatted with many Members (those enrolled in the course….) also seeking CEUs, leaving (for now) it up to them to learn what’s required for CEUs at their organization, then connecting with us to see if we can align/make it happen.
We’re quite transparent and fully support efforts at accreditation. Feel free chat more with us about this…
TOP Questions asked...
1) I’ve already done a ton of training programs, completed a nutrition certification, and taken several other online courses. So I’m already familiar with and use these special diets in my practice. Do I need this training?
Yes! All of our graduates already have a primary certification and education in nutrition. Most of our students are are nutrition professionals and others are doctors or naturopaths who use therapeutic diets in their practice. Our graduates have told us that this training is like nothing else they have taken.
The course material goes far beyond what is taught in any nutrition school or certification program out there, or what you’re able to learn on your own.
For example, you may enroll already knowing about low phenol diets, but during the training program, you will learn details about how to help you clients implement that diet, how it works, why it works, what the underlying biochemistry is, so you can also determine nutrients they might need or additional support.
Julie Matthews, the course creator, has worked with these special diets for over 15 years, so she adds her clinical expertise to the 20-40 years of published data on each diet.
Another example is the Failsafe diet… you will learn many variations of this life-changing diet that are used in clinical practice, such as modified versions, Failsafe vs. Feingold diet, more restrictive versus less restrictive food lists, several ways to implement it depending on the client and other limitations, different strategies on how to challenge foods back in, troubleshooting which food chemical is the problem, implementing low salicylate only vs low amine only with a more strict and less strict list of foods.
In addition, the case studies will help you understand the thinking about how to apply the right diet or multiple diets into a strategic nutrition plan.
Diving deeper into each diet, you’ll also learn nutrients that can support the biological pathways to improve tolerance, lifestyle changes that support these pathways, other reasons they may be depleted, such as dysbiosis and how to address it, as well as how to implement this into a larger nutrition strategy plan.
All this detail learning how to make modifications for each client is based on many years of clinical experience and simply cannot be obtained from books or internet research!
Accelerate your learning by condensing my 15 years of clinical experience into a few months.
The training tools include: diet implement handouts, professional food lists, online questionnaire tools, and intake forms to make it more time efficient for you during consultations.
2) I don’t want to run lab tests. How much of this course focuses on lab testing.
No problem! Only a small fraction of this course focuses on lab testing. We train professionals from many different disciplines. Some run lab tests and others do not.
It is not necessary to run labs to get all the valuable information you need to make diet and nutrition recommendations.
- Food cravings
- Diet record, food frequency
- Reactions to foods
- Common Symptoms
- Laboratory testing
- Client considerations
You can implement just a few of the 7 factors from the course and still obtain outstanding results with your clients!
3) Will this course give me nutrition credentials? Will I be certified in anything? I’m a health coach and I want nutrition credentials. Is this course right for me?
This course will NOT grant you credentials to practice nutrition in your state if you aren't currently allowed to do so with your existing credentials. Yet, it will provide the tools and "graduate" level education that will augment your existing healthcare credentials.
Graduates of this training program will receive a certificate and may call themselves a "Certified BioIndividual Nutrition Practitioner."
The program is open to any professional in practice who is already making diet and nutrition recommendations. Members that pass the course exam can become listed in our online Practitioner Directory!
4) I don’t do Facebook. Is your training only “a game changer” if you participate in the Facebook group?
No, it is not essential that you participate our Private Facebook Group. About half of our member do and half do not.
If you are not currently using Facebook, and do not wish to use it, that will not impact your learning of the course material. The private FB Group is just an added benefit to our program but it certainly is not an essential part of it. The training material is taught through a dedicated member login page and not through Facebook.
However, if you are curious to connect with other practitioners who are enrolled in your course or want to check out the conversation topics and types of questions being asked, you may want to consider creating a private username profile (which you don’t share with any friends/family), and use it strictly to connect with our Private Group of BioIndividual Nutrition practitioners and students.