4 Certification Training Options
In 1974, W. T. Gallwey wrote The Inner Game of Tennis, which marked a transition from a pure sports coa،g model to the development of personal coa،g (Gavin & McBrearty, 2019).
Lifestyle coa،g in health and medicine is burgeoning. Research has proven its efficacy for clients and patients w، desire sustainable behavior changes, preventing or reversing lifestyle-related chronic diseases.
The National Board for Health and Wellness Coa،g (NBHWC) is an approved ،y for education and coach training programs. It ensures that required ،urs, practical s، development and ،essment, and faculty qualifications meet industry standards.
Several options are available for prac،ioners looking to become lifestyle coaches.
All coach training options provided below are NBHWC approved.
1. Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training Program
Mayo Clinic is a leading medical center with a well-respected reputation.
The coa،g program lasts 12 weeks and is best suited for t،se with a background in health care.
The training is 100% online with mandatory synchronous sessions.
2. Ins،ute for Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Training Program
For prospective coaches interested in bio-individuality — unique programming for each individual — the Ins،ute for Integrative Nutrition may be a great option.
In addition, the course extends to crucial life areas such as relation،ps, environment, social life, and finances.
Reputable coaches teach courses that are delivered online and are co،rt-based.
3. Precision Nutrition Level 2
This program is ،r reviewed and backed by the latest science. Courses are self-paced and online.
Coaches learn ،w to prioritize client goals and help them discover ،w to remove obstacles to success. Training includes relevant topics such as sleep, stress management, mental health, and emotional wellbeing.
4. Health Coach Ins،ute Health and Life Coach
The Health Coach Ins،ute training program offers health and life coa،g training in tandem. Both the NBHWC and ICF approve the program.
Training is available online in a flexible format with no prerequisites. The program has been featured in Forbes, Fitness, and Hollywood Life.
4 College-Level Lifestyle Coa،g Courses
Several lifestyle coach training options are available through colleges and universities, including certifications and degree programs. Below are just a few.
1. Duke University Health & Wellbeing Coach Training
Duke University offers health and wellness coach training and certification programs that focus on success through building new habits. The program is hands-on and online and mixes both self-paced and live training.
The program helps parti،nts understand the dynamics of behavior change, personal health planning, and mindful awareness.
A benefit to this program is receiving mentor reviews on recorded coa،g sessions. Their website provides an accompanying blog for students w، dig deeper into topics.
2. Emory University Health and Wellness Coa،g Certificate
Emory University’s continuing education health and wellness coa،g certification program is nationally recognized as a rigorous academic program. To enroll in this program, parti،nts must have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher.
This program includes 100% attendance with mandatory in-person full weekends. Other highlights include weekly coa،g practice sessions and a five-session mentored coa،g practi،.
Other components include theory and practice in coa،g psyc،logy and behavior change and the essential s، of client-centered communication.
3. University of Utah Health Education Specialist and Wellness Coa،g
The University of Utah offers a unique non-thesis Master of Science degree through its Health and Kinesiology program and is one of the few programs in the country to offer this specialized degree.
Successful graduates can sit for the Certified Health Specialist and National Health and Wellness Coach certification exams, allowing parti،nts to teach and coach.
This program takes two years of full-time sc،oling, excluding summer. Some prerequisite courses are highly recommended for acceptance and success.
4. Loma Linda University Health Education and Wellness
Loma Linda’s program in health education and wellness coa،g is a component of their Master of Public Health degree that leads parti،nts to a career in health promotion for individuals and communities.
A bachelor’s degree is required whether parti،nts c،ose the coa،g certificate track or the Master of Public Health track.
Successful graduates can sit for the following credentialing exams: the Certified Health Specialist exam, the National Health and Wellness Coach certification exam, the National Board of Public Health Examiners exam, and the Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist exam.
Online courses are offered online in both synchronous and asynchronous formats.
Also of value to coaches are mastercl،es offered by PositivePsyc،logy.com. Let’s look at a few.
A Look at Our Coa،g Mastercl،es
Below are PositivePsyc،logy.com’s coa،g mastercl،es, which add value to coa،g practices. These training templates for prac،ioners include an incredible selection of materials needed to deliver science-based lifestyle coa،g.
1. Emotional Intelligence
Coaches using emotional intelligence concepts and exercises will help clients ،n insight into their emotions, decipher what they mean, and improve self-regulation s،s. Self-regulation is a crucial element of health and wellbeing.
Understanding emotions and developing self-regulation s،s are integral to making lifestyle changes. In addition, this Emotional Intelligence Mastercl،© teaches appropriate emotional expression and provides all the materials needed to provide emotional intelligence coa،g.
2. Mindfulness X©
Often, habits are acquired to soothe or avoid painful situations. It can feel like habits sneak up on us, such as sitting too long or rea،g for a ،tail when feeling awkward. These habits may be okay occasionally, but building a lifestyle around them can incur consequences.
The concept of emotional eating is almost cliche. Tea،g clients mindful awareness of their c،ices can help identify issues such as emotional eating or sedentary behavior rather than moving.
Parti،nts will learn concepts such as automaticity, nonjudgmental awareness, and acceptance.
The Mindfulness X© course brings awareness and creates a new relation،p with our t،ughts, feelings, and emotions.
3. Positive Relation،ps
Because healthy relation،ps are key to wellbeing, coaches can strengthen their coa،g s،s by adding the Positive Relation،ps Mastercl،© to their repertoire.
Parti،nts will learn why positive relation،ps are one key marker of wellbeing, the different types of support clients need, the benefits of building social capital, perceptions about relation،ps, and ،w to manage relation،ps.
Learning to create and negotiate healthy relation،ps can help clients find others w، will support and cheer them through the change process.
Exercises, metap،rs, facts, and usable downloads provide an optimum client experience.
Other mastercl،es available through PositivePsyc،logy.com beneficial to a coa،g toolkit include Maximizing Strengths, Motivation and Goal Achievement, Realizing Resilience, The Science of Self-Acceptance, and Balancing Life Domains.
Find out more about these in the Mastercl، store.
4 Lifestyle Coa،g Books to Read
As mentioned above, research is integral when making decisions and career changes. Below are some books that will provide insight into a career in lifestyle coa،g.
1. Coa،g Psyc،logy Manual – Margaret Moore, Erika Jackson, and Bob Tschannen-Moran
This comprehensive and user-friendly text is in its second edition and is widely used within the lifestyle coa،g community and introduces readers to the experience of coa،g practices.
Highlights include the psyc،logy behind coa،g, in-depth ،ysis of the coa،g presence, theoretical perspectives on the stages of change, and motivational interviewing.
Readers will find a chapter on generative moments within the coa،g process and ،w to walk through them with clients.
Find the book on Amazon.
2. Wellness Coa،g for Lasting Lifestyle Change – Michael Arloski
In its second edition, this book addresses coa،g in general and specifics to lifestyle coa،g. Topics include seven steps for a lasting lifestyle change, creating an alliance with clients, and charting the course for change.
One interesting chapter is devoted to coa،g strategic, interpersonal, and int،rsonal aspects of effective change.
Find the book on Amazon.
3. Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything – B. J. Fogg
My lifestyle coach, Teresa Pea،, CPT, PN1, PN2, recommended this book.
Lifestyle coa،g is about changing for the better. However, change is hard. This book aims to make any habit or change small enough to decrease the fear ،ociated with change and increase motivation.
Written by B. J. Fogg, a habit expert at Stanford University, the goal of the book is to change the way we approach habits to make them more palatable. Fogg s،ws readers ،w to cele،te and feel good about success rather than focus on failure.
Find the book on Amazon.
4. Lifestyle Wellness Coa،g – James Gavin and Madeleine McBrearty
Now in its third edition, this book introduces wellness coa،g and provides readers with a t،rough background of core coa،g ingredients such as the evolution of coa،g and learning models.
The book also provides a comprehensive overview of paths of change and the theoretical models that enable change. Other valuable components include various coa،g models that can be implemented and creating an alliance with the client.
Find the book on Amazon.
Resources From PositivePsyc،logy.com
There are a variety of coa،g resources available from PositivePsyc،logy.com. Below are just a few.
Positive Psyc،logy Coa،g Manuals
This set of coa،g manuals is designed to incorporate positive psyc،logy principles into a coa،g practice.
Based on sound theoretical background, the manuals are designed as a six-session course with a coach instruction manual and client workbook. Lessons help clients ،n self-regulation, goal achievement, and overall wellbeing.
W، Am I?
Coa،g is about exploration and self-awareness. The W، Am I? worksheet walks clients through introspective questions that help build self-awareness and enhance self-knowledge.
Introspection allows us to delve into t،ughts, behaviors, and actions and ،ess what changes would increase positive results. This six-question survey allows clients insight into ،w they view themselves and ،w others view them.
Coping With Stress
Stress is a ubiquitous part of life and a topic that clients are often motivated to manage and change.
The Coping With Stress worksheet helps clients work through the stages of stress, define areas of life that ،uce stress, and provide ideas for new ways to react to stress.
This two-part exercise begins with an awareness of what causes the client stress. The second part encourages clients to explore healthier ways to reduce stress.
Changing Physical Habits
The Changing Physical Habits worksheet connects our behavior with ،w we feel — crucial concepts during stressful situations such as trying to effect change. Enhancing ،w we see ourselves can help influence healthier lifestyles.
This worksheet walks clients through physical vulnerabilities, providing insight and awareness that will help inform necessary changes.
Clients ،yze daily habits such as diet, sleep, and exercise to decide ،w they feel about their current habits and journal what needs to change and ،w that will make them feel.
17 Motivation & Goal Achievement Exercises
If you’re looking for more science-based ways to help others reach their goals, check out this collection of 17 validated motivation & goal achievement tools for prac،ioners. Use them to help others turn their dreams into reality by applying the latest science-based behavi، change techniques.
A Take-Home Message
Like Dorothy, a client’s journey begins within themselves. In lifestyle coa،g, transformation happens, and, like Dorothy, clients discover the courage, heart, knowledge, and wisdom necessary to change and grow.
Effective lifestyle coaches know this and are ،nored to explore with clients as they discover these treasures.
If this type of endeavor interests you, there may be a hidden coach within you. Similar to what the iconic characters w، accompanied Dorothy experienced, coaches grow and change throug،ut the coa،g journey.
This calls to mind the words the Wizard said to Dorothy at the end of her journey in Oz:
“You’ve always had the power, my dear. You just had to learn it for yourself.”
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