Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists

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DSMES and Prevention Program Resources

Help people with prediabetes or diabetes connect with diabetes self-management education, diabetes prevention programs, and ongoing support with these ADCES resources.

ADCES Education: Publications

ADCES Curriculum, Edition 3

ADCES Diabetes Education Curriculum, 3rd Edition

Your all-in-one guide to meet the varying needs of your program participants. Includes instruction plans, discussion questions, and teaching and learning tips.

ADCES members save $35


CQI: Continuous Quality Improvement for Diabetes Education and Support Programs, 3rd Edition

An easy-to-read handbook covering the 8-step CQI process to help your DSMES program plan, implement, evaluate and maintain the improvements for their CQI projects.

ADCES Members save $10

ADCES The Art and Science of Diabetes Care and Education, 5th Edition


The Art and Science of Diabetes Care and Education, 5th Edition

A must-have reference book for every DSMES program with detailed information on every area of diabetes, from complications to behavior management and transitional care.

ADCES Members save $50

ADCES Education: Online Courses

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) for DSMES: Learn how to select CQI projects that will help improve your program delivery.

Lifestyle Coach Training Online: Acquire the necessary skills to deliver a successful National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) at your site, earn a certificate of completion and a digital badge.

Prevention 101: Learn diabetes prevention basics to prepare yourself to participate in CDC-recognized lifestyle coach training.

ADCES Education: Certificate Programs

ADCES-Art-of-TelehealthbadgeThe Art of Telehealth Certificate: Telehealth offers many benefits to your practice and clients. The Art of Telehealth certificate program gives you insight into how skillfully delivering virtual care offers many benefits to your practice and clients. Gain a digital badge upon completion.

DSMES Program and Business Management Certificate: Advance your DSMES service to operate as a business by gaining a deeper understanding of the business, marketing, reimbursement, and quality improvement techniques needed to implement and sustain a DSMES program.

ADCES Education: Webinars

2022 National Standards for DSMES: Deep Dive: Dive into the updated 2022 National Standards for DSMES and review the requirements that existing DSMES services will be required to align with in 2022 to maintain accreditation/recognition.

Annual Reimbursement Update for 2022: Get ADCES' annual update on reimbursement issues and changes in 2022 for diabetes care and education specialists. 

Breaking Down the Barriers to DSMES in the Federally Qualified Health Center: Strategize ways to build a DSMES program in a Federally Qualified Health Center, and learn the Medicare billing codes for DSMT to increase ROI and sustainability.

Building Relationships Will Keep Them Coming Back: It’s All About Retention: Explore how to develop viable relationships with participants using emerging technologies, shared values, and innovative strategies.

Meeting the Needs of Culturally Diversified Individuals and Growing Your Cultural Competences in Providing Diabetes Prevention: Understand how health beliefs influence behavior, and identify ways to overcome cultural challenges to increase effective communication when educating those from other cultural backgrounds than your own.
Using Motivational Interviewing in Your DPP to Support Behavior Change and Retention: Understand Motivational Interviewing concepts in the contexts of addressing diabetes prevention behaviors and developing supportive group dynamics in DPP classes.

Why + How: Strategies to Achieve 5% Weight Loss Goal for the National Diabetes Prevention Program: Case Studies: Learn successful strategies for weight loss and weight loss maintenance, how to activate these strategies in CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs; and discuss ways to approach participants, and adjust treatment.

Why + How: Supporting Healthy Habit Formation through Diabetes Prevention Programs: Advance your coaching skills and how to support healthy habit formation to maintain healthy routines.

Why + How: Understanding and Increasing Retention in CDC Lifestyle Change Programs: Meet CDC’s two-hour continuing education requirement as you delve into the diabetes prevention program’s biggest challenge—retention! Determine strategies to assess individual risk for drop out, build more resilient groups, and develop a retention action plan with hands-on strategies to engage and retain participants.

Looking for education for your whole team? Get 12 months of recorded webinars on-demand for everyone. The ADCES Annual Recorded Webinar Group Subscription extends your professional development opportunities through greater access to all public ADCES recorded CE webinars produced in a calendar year.

ADCES: Workforce Training

Looking to bring specialized training directly to your staff? Host a live learning event at your facility:


ADCES Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach Training

Get the knowledge and skills you need to activate a diabetes prevention program in your community.

Accreditation and Reimbursement Boot Camp

Identify common reimbursement pitfalls and discover ways to collaborate with billing departments to successfully get paid while learning how to sell a diabetes education program (and other billable services) to organizational leadership that will solidify a sustainable program in this ever-changing health care environment. 

Building Your Diabetes Prevention Program

Understand the CDC and CMS requirements to build a successful diabetes prevention program and how Medicare DPP builds on CDC's preliminary and full recognition. Then, switch gears to sharpen the administrative, marketing, and technical skills needed to ensure your program is maximizing its enrollment, retention, and reimbursement opportunities!