Become a Prevention Practitioner

Our training workshop offers an opportunity for professional development to healthcare professionals working within the primary care setting.

The purpose of the in-person, two day workshop is to provide health care professionals with enhanced skills in prevention and screening of cancer and chronic disease, including their common lifestyle risk factors Trainees will participate in hands-on learning, apply the BETTER tools to patient cases to determine their risk for cancer and chronic disease and identify the appropriate screening actions their “patients” are eligible for, role-play as Prevention Practitioners, and have an opportunity to discuss the BETTER Program and the Prevention Practitioner role’s fit within their specific primary care setting.

Each session accommodates groups of 4-8 trainees and can be arranged throughout Canada. Trainees must participate in both days of the workshop in order to complete their training as a BETTER Prevention Practitioner™.

Learning Objectives


Learn about the BETTER approach and tools


Understand how a tailored intervention provided by a healthcare professional, can help patients and practices reach their goals


Apply the skills learned and explored, including shared decision-making and S.M.A.R.T. goal setting, through a series of patient cases as a Prevention Practitioner


Gain the tools needed to determine how the BETTER approach could be integrated into clinical practice

Who is eligible?

BETTER Prevention Practitioners™ come from many backgrounds, including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and kinesiologists. The primary requirement is that trainees should be actively practicing within a primary care setting, or be linked to primary care.

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Upcoming Training Dates

Training is provided in English only unless otherwise indicated. Local, in-person Prevention Practitioner training sessions can be arranged within Canada. If none of the available dates are in your area, get in touch.

January 2021

January 19 – 20, 2021 Date

19 – 20

9am – 4pm MT (all days)

Virtual session (2 days) – check your time zone


March 2021

March 9 – 11, 2021 Date

9 – 11

9am – 12pm ET (all days)

Women’s College Hospital – Virtual session (3 days) – check your time zone


April 2021

April 20-21, 2021 Date


9am – 4pm MT (all days)

Virtual session (2 days) – check your time zone


**A minimum of 4 registrants will be required for OPEN sessions. An OPEN session may be cancelled if 4 trainees are not registered at least 1 week prior to the session.

If you participate in a virtual session, you must attend in all webinars in order to complete Prevention Practitioner Training.

Prevention Practitioner Training sessions may be cancelled at any time in response to COVID-19 recommendations made by Provincial governments and the Government of Canada.