A Master Class:
Mastering Wellness Coaching: Healthy Lifestyles


Led by Pat Hinton Walker, PhD, RN, FAAN, ICF-PCC

Starts September 2017

$695*
Or 3 Payments of $249*
*(plus optional $75 for CEs)
14 hours of CEs and ICF CCEUs

 

Hear Pat talk about her classes, her lifelong love of health and wellness issues, her experience on the Advisory Board of the National Consortium for the Credentialing of Health and Wellness coaches, whether you need a healthcare background to do this (You don’t.), the employment and business opportunities for health and wellness coaches, whether it matters what order you take the wellness master classes in, the newest evidenced based approaches to health and wellness coaching and more. (18 mins.) Click here to stream the audio or download an mp3 here.


This class--Mastering Wellness Coaching: Healthy Lifestyles--is required for certification in Wellness Coaching. It counts toward MentorCoach Certification as an elective as well.
It is offered once a year in the fall. Enrollment is capped on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no prerequisites for this class. It is open to all.

Become a Certified Wellness Coach. By taking this course, you will have completed 14 hours toward certification as a Certified Wellness Coach.

ABOUT MASTERING WELLNESS COACHING

Mastering Wellness Coaching: Healthy Lifestyles is one of four master classes that make up the wellness certification program. It provides you the heart and soul of wellness coaching and is incredibly important. A vast majority of people -- your clients -- die prematurely and unnecessarily because they didn't crack their lifestyle code. We are about cracking that code and helping people make and sustain healthy changes.

This is "positive health", the post domain of positive psychology that was ignored for years, largely because positive psychology was founded by self-described middle aged, overweight, white men who lived in their heads.** But new research now establishes that there is a clear connection between happiness and a healthy body.

While this area looks maddeningly simple, the statistics on change and personal experience reveal it is incredibly difficult to alter lifestyle behavior. In this class we will look at everything we know about what a healthy lifestyle requires and how to help people have a fighting chance to bring it about.

A large portion of your wellness coaching will fully or intermittently focus on lifestyle. This course content is your bread and butter -- where the rubber meets the road. This is where you can give people years of life.

** Chief among the men who lived in their heads was, of course, Martin E. P. "Marty" Seligman, the founder of positive psychology. Now momentum is shifting rapidly toward the arena of wellness coaching. As evidence, see Marty's call for a new field of positive health, his five-million-step a year goals, and his latest book, Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being. The tide has turned.

CLASS DESCRIPTION

Are you comfortable with your own body so that you feel confident with the basic body maintenance necessary to avoid the things that cause the most wear, tear and aging?

Do you live a lifestyle that places you in the best position to increase your longevity and quality of life?

Do you feel at ease coaching clients about their wellness goals or issues?

This class is designed, in part, to help you to take control of your own health so you understand what steps will move you towards living a healthier, younger and zestful life. You will learn how to become a wellness role-model for your clients while "being the change you seek" and "walking your talk."

 

Why Take The Class?

While most of us long for better physical and mental well-being, considerable evidence suggests that we're moving in the opposite direction.

Although we desire to be well, there's an enormous gap between wanting to be well and the everyday reality of living with the physical and mental health consequences of overeating, under-exercising and having too little down time to recharge our batteries.

This class will help you create a blueprint for well-being that will challenge the belief that there is a quick fix to overcoming your challenges -- and replace it with evidence-based strategies for mastering your health and well-being and making changes that last.

 

What You'll Be Doing:

First. We'll explore your body and lifestyle to see what factors contribute to helping it work well and function better.

We'll concentrate on the body components and conditions most important in the aging process as well as disorders that are the most preventable. You'll find out how unhealthy habits affect your wellness status and challenge your quality of life.

You'll be able to answer the question: What is essential for healthy aging? -- And find that the answers lie in lifestyle changes that can keep you healthier longer, and embracing the aging process with good humor, grace, and engagement.

In addition, we'll explore what science-based lifestyle factors and integrative/complementary interventions prevent disease and facilitate health.

(No, you don't need a background or understanding of human biology to take this class. You will learn about your body and your lifestyle in a manner that is fun and interesting)

Second. We'll discuss the what and how of wellness assessments to help you create your own user-friendly assessment for your clients. You'll learn how to design a wellness vision and plan, set goals and conduct continued wellness coaching sessions.



What You'll Learn To Do:

  • Use coaching skills, tools, and processes in client wellness interventions
  • Take steps toward becoming a professional and confident certified wellness coach
  • Systematically collect, assess, and evaluate health information regarding the health risk status of clients in such areas as physical activity/energy, stress management, and nutrition/weight management
  • Apply science-based coaching skills with wellness issues.
  • Guide the development of client visions and goals while utilizing accepted national standards and guidelines
  • Discuss what research-based factors contribute to healthy body functioning and reduce the effects of aging.
  • Understand how unhealthy lifestyle habits affect a client's wellness status and quality of life
  • Learn which evidence based lifestyle management and integrative/complementary health interventions are known to prevent and reduce the risk of future disease.
  • Empower your clients to establish and sustain a higher level of wellness than they can do alone

  • Curriculum

    1. Introduction - Wellness coaching in health
    2. Envisioning a healthy best self and the Behavior Change Pyramid - Assessments and evaluation tools
    3. Building growth-promotion relationships with the wellness client - Vision, goals, planning, tracking and outcomes
    4. Body intelligence
    5. Healthy lifestyle habits that support the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
    6. Healthy lifestyle habits that support the skeletal and digestive systems
    7. Healthy lifestyle habits that support the central nervous system, brain, and sensory system
    8. Healthy lifestyle habits that support the hormonal and immune systems
    9. Healthy lifestyle habits: Nutrition and healthy eating
    10. Healthy lifestyle habits: Physical activity
    11. Healthy lifestyle habits: Sleep, rest and energy
    12. Coaching to match level of consciousness; Mindful health
    13. Healing practices: Overview of integrative/complementary therapies, Part 1
    14. Healing practices: Overview of integrative/complementary therapies, Part 2

     

    Class Schedule

    TBD

    Who Should Attend?

    This course is relevant for anyone who cares about their health and longevity and is concerned about how to take care of themselves to feel better and optimize the function of their body. It is for coaches, therapists, health care professionals (nurses, dieticians, physical therapists, etc), consultants, teachers and all other who work to improve the health and wellness of others.

     

    What You Will Learn:

  • how to shape and refine your coaching skills in helping clients reach their wellness goals/potentials
  • how to systematically collect, assess, and evaluate health information regarding the health risk status of clients in such areas as physical activity/energy, stress management, and nutrition/weight management
  • to use specific wellness tools and processes in client wellness interventions
  • to apply science-based coaching skills with wellness issues.
  • how to guide the development of client visions and goals while utilizing accepted national standards and guidelines
  • what research-based lifestyle factors contribute to healthy body functioning and reduce the effects of aging.
  • how unhealthy lifestyle habits affect a client's wellness status and quality of life
  • how to take control of your health as you age and avoid key concerns
  • which evidence based lifestyle management and integrative/complementary health interventions are known to prevent and reduce the risk of future disease.
  • how to empower your clients to establish and sustain a higher level of wellness than they can do alone
  • Take steps toward becoming a professional and confident certified wellness coach

     

    Why is Wellness Certification Important?

  • Establishes a minimum standard for credentialing professional wellness coaches
  • Assures the public that participating wellness coaches meet or exceed these minimum standards.
  • Builds a network of credentialed wellness coaches.
  • Meets the growing demand by clients to hire a credentialed wellness coach that is professionally set apart from other coaches.

  • Coach Certification

    This class is counts as an elective for MentorCoach Certification. It provides 14 hours toward MentorCoach Certification for students meeting the class attendance requirement (See Attendance Requirement below). It can also provide 14 hours toward ICF Certification via an Accredited Coach Training Program such as MentorCoach or via the ICF Portfolio Approach.


    ICF Coach Continuing Education

    This class is approved for 14 hours of CCEUs from the International Coach Federation for students meeting the class attendance requirement of being present, "live", for 80% of the classes (See Attendance Requirements below). There is no fee for ICF CCEUs.


    CEs



    This class is also approved for 14 hours of CEs (continuing education units) for social workers (NASW) and Marriage and Family Therapists in California (BBS). The CE administration fee is $75.

    To receive credit for CEs, students must pay the CE fee and be present for 80% of the 14 hours (See Attendance Requirements).

    Note: The CE fee is $75 and applies only if you are a licensed mental health professional in the US and need CEs. Otherwise, when you register, indicate that you do not need to pay the CE fee by choosing the "Base Unit Price with NO CE's" registration option.

    Attendance Requirements

    To receive credit for CEs, ICF CCEUs, credit toward MentorCoach® Certification, or to receive a Certificate of Completion, students must be present for 80% or 11.5 of the 14 hours.

    Attendance is taken at the beginning and end of each class. Listening to the class by recording does not count toward the attendance requirement for receiving CEs, credit toward Certification, ICF CCEUs, or to receive a Class Certificate of Completion.

     

    About Patricia (Pat) Hinton Walker

    Patricia (Pat) Hinton Walker, PhD, RN, FAAN, ICF-PCC, is Founder of Stepping Stones Coaching and has successfully added a distinguished coaching career to her already successful nursing and inter-professional career in higher education and administration. A graduate of the MentorCoach Training Program, Pat is a Certified MentorCoach (CMC) and an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and coaches clients from throughout the US and internationally. She has also achieved Comprehensive Motivational Interviewing (comMIt™ Motivational Interviewing Certification) and integrates this into her health and wellness coaches teaching/training in health care settings.

    Pat is an RN from the University of Kansas, with a masters in nursing and PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Mississippi. She is also a leader of a national coalition, Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (called TIGER) focused on major changes occurring in the health care and health professions education related to the use of technology and tracking health-related data for improved health and outcomes of care. This has contributed to her knowledge and expertise in integrating mHealth (mobile health) devices in coaching practice for 'just-in-time evidence' of health behavior change for both the client and the coach. She presents at national and international meetings on health/wellness coaching and the use of mobile health devices (such as the Fit Bit) which clients use to track bio-behavioral changes toward improved health, wellness and chronic-care management. She successfully integrates her coaching with a high profile position as Professor and Vice President for Policy and Strategic Initiatives at a major university--the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD.

    Her work on our MentorCoach Trainer Team is enriched by her more than 25 years of coaching, mentoring and consulting with senior professionals across many disciplines. She is brilliant, incredibly organized, warm and a great coach and teacher. She has successfully mentored students interested in being generalists to such diverse areas as executive coaching, career coaching, small business coaching, life coaching, health and wellness coaching within a variety of professional niches and more. Hailing from a small farming community in Kansas, she is very down-to-earth and her students love her.

    Through her coaching firm, Stepping Stones Coaching, Pat coaches individuals, groups and organizations. Many of her individual coaching clients seek career-focused coaching in executive coaching, entrepreneurial and/or small-business coaching, or transitioning into retirement-related careers. Pat focuses on two important areas of growth, identifying career changes that would provide meaning, purpose or a "calling" and then taking the steps needed for career-life transitions that follow. She also attends in her coaching to stress management using emerging knowledge and research about neuroscience and neuroplasticity to assist her clients with behavioral change. She uses these strategies when working with health care organizations to assist nurses, social workers, and other health care professionals in learning to use coaching and ComMIt motivational interviewing strategies.

    One of the strengths of Pat's coaching is her attention to balance in personal and professional time/relationships and stress management. Her coaching is enhanced by the rich background and expertise she brings to her coaching practice. She has a strong history as an entrepreneur and business woman, founding Hinton Walker Associates in the early 1980's. Since then through that business and Stepping Stones, and an emerging health/wellness training initiative with large health care institutions, she continues to provide consultation nationally and internationally in both rural and large healthcare settings. In the past, she has provided consultation and presentations throughout the US and in Canada, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and most recently Brazil.

    Pat has edited four books. She lives in suburban Maryland with her husband, John, and enjoys being with their three adult children and their families which include three grandchildren. Her websites are coachingsteppingstones.com and phintonwalker.info, and she can be reached at phintonwalker@comcast.net.

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