Learning Outcomes and Competencies
Upon successful completion of this certificate program, students will be able to:
- Define Health Coaching and apply the theories and skills of Health Coaching, including the Four Pillars of Health Coaching™, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Emotional Intelligence, Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Self-Determination Theory, Positive Psychology, and Transtheoretical Model (TTM) in peer activities and with community-based practice.
- Describe and demonstrate evidence-based techniques to support client-centered discovery, self-efficacy, and autonomy that advance the setting and meeting of goals for belief and behavior changes.
- Effectively prepare, plan, and organize the coaching structure, managing time and flow, from first session to termination for individual sessions.
- Apply a whole-person, integrative approach to the coaching process, with attention to issues of inclusion and access, informed by awareness of trauma, and with developed cultural awareness and humility.
- Describe the impact of holistic health and healing frameworks, including a core understanding of the physiology of mind/body interactions, on the practice of health coaching.
- Recognize the common signs, symptoms, and conventional medical management of the most prevalent chronic diseases (e.g., cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, dyslipidemias, and degenerative musculoskeletal disorders.)
- Describe evidence-based complementary health care approaches and lifestyle behavior changes that impact health and well-being (e.g., exercise, nutrition, substance use, stress management, sleep, social connection, environmental management.)
- Integrate learning from supported ongoing personal development and self-care to inform effective professional practice and role modeling as an integrative health coach.
- Locate and interpret peer-reviewed literature and consumer-oriented sources to inform coaching scenarios in theory and practice.
- Demonstrate ability to professionally document coaching sessions and communicate effectively with interprofessional healthcare team members.
- Demonstrate standard business and marketing practices, including the utilization of an ‘elevator speech’, a bio sheet and head shot, a coaching agreement, and selective media presentations.
- Promote excellence in the coaching profession by maintaining appropriate scope of practice, professional development and ethics as outlined by the National Board of Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (NBC-HWC).