The Nourish Method
The training program for coaches to effectively and successfully resource their gray area drinking clients.
The Nourish Method

Who is this course for?

This Advanced Training Pathway is available to students and graduates of the FNTP Diploma program as post graduate advanced specialization option. As this builds on the foundational knowledge and thinking pathways which are learning in the Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Program.

This program is for practitioners currently working with clients, who want to specialise in supporting their Gray Area Drinking clients.

If you are a coach and a former Gray Area Drinker- welcome, you'll love this training! However, you must have 12+ months of continuous sobriety (if drinking was a problem for you) before enrolling in this training.

The world we live in tends to think about alcohol consumption in terms of black & white. As coach or healthcare practitioner, you’re probably pretty aware of addiction and sobriety. You know the stereotypical signs, you have some tools, and you’re familiar with the stumbling blocks. 

But what about that level of drinking that looks normal?  It can be passed off as social and doesn't come with a rock bottom, but is still unhealthy for the people doing it.  Welcome to the world of gray area drinking. 

What is Gray Area Drinking?

If you have clients in front of you on a daily basis, you’re working with gray area drinkers – whether you realize it or not.  Gray Area drinkers are people who frequently drink more than they want to be drinking.

This means they’re exhibiting a lot of the symptoms associated with excessive drinking like weight and sleep issues, hormonal imbalances, high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression.  But, they almost always slip through the cracks when it comes to getting the support they need.

Often the clients themselves aren’t entirely sure whether their drinking is a problem, and you’re stuck with tools that aren’t nuanced enough to pick up on the signs and start the conversation. 

Seriously, if you want to run an experiment, instead of asking the usual “How many standard drinks do you have a week?” Try asking “When was the last time you took a break from alcohol?”  This reveals so much more about your client’s relationship with alcohol, and its impact on their health.

What is 'The Nourish Method'?

It is the only professional development  program offering real-world resources, recorded sessions (with real clients!), plus the science behind the problem and the solution.  So practitioners like you can specialize and implement in just 7 weeks. 

What you get in this training?

The course will include - 

  • Live Training Sessions
    • Every Monday we’ll have a 90 minute live group training session on Zoom. There will be time for you to get all your questions answered during these weekly calls.
    • This is where you will learn the techniques to use to change your clients relationship with alcohol forever. And yes, these will be recorded, so if you can’t make it live, no problem!
  • Weekly Practice Sessions
    • Every Friday you’ll get actual case studies from real gray area drinking clients to practice your coaching. 
    • Hone in on which questions to ask and how to guide effective coaching sessions.
    • You’ll practice this each week during our training call which will set you up to see various client needs, dynamics and unique situations that arise in coaching gray area drinkers.
  • Peers & Accountability
    • To make sure you get the most out of the training, you’ll pair up with another coach to create an accountability partnership and support in between training calls each week.
    • You'll also get peer-to-peer interaction in our private Facebook group so you're never alone. 
  • Real World Resources
    • Power packed list of resource tools, and protocols (how to address challenges your clients have) which will give you more to offer and further enhance your client's results. 
  • Comprehensive Training Manual
    • Quizzes & tests you can give your clients to mark progress, understand their trauma level, assess anxiety and depression markers, check neurotransmitter and mineral levels & create action steps with exercises from positive psychology to further customize your client action plans.
  • The Tools to Offer Your New Specialty
    • You'll learn how to establish value based fees and gear your business toward the Gray Area Drinker Community with intake and evaluation forms.

You will also learn how to

  • Assess Gray Area Drinkers
  • Work with the biochemical components of alcohol cravings
  • Regulate the nervous system
  • Naviagte stumbling blocks
  • Work with the stress response
  • Expand your practice

And, you'll be learning from an instructor certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, The National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching and The Association for Addiction Professionals.

Who is the Instructor?

Your course creator and instructor is Jolene Park, a functional nutritionist, health coach, somatic yoga instructor, TED speaker and former gray area drinker.

Jolene has completed over 1,000 hours of continuing education in functional nutrition since 1999, facilitated corporate wellness workshops since 2004, and provided nutrition consultations for patients in internal medicine, neurology and family practice clinics since 2009.  She has gone on to coach hundreds of high achieving professionals through their own gray area recovery process since 2016.

Listen to Jolene's TED talk here.


The Tuition for the course is $7,500 USD for 2024.  When you mention you are an NTA Graduate you will receive a discount code and your rate for Tuition will be $5,900 USD.

For more information and to register please head to The Nourish Method here.

For anyone who is curious about exploring their own Gray Area Drinking Sober Choice, you can learn more and register for the personal course Jolene offers here.