HEALTH AND WELLNESS COACHING CERTIFICATION


Index:

1. Health and Wellness Coaching: Definition and Trends
2. Health and Wellness Coaching Education and Training
3. International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching (ICHWC)
4. MentorCoach Health and Wellness Certification Process and Documentation
5. MentorCoach Health and Wellness Coaching Classes and Faculty

 

 

Section 1: Health and Wellness Coaching

Health and Wellness coaching requires a unique set of skills that are not taught in traditional coach training programs. A health and wellness coach works with individuals, groups and/or organizations who want to invest in a vision to become healthier and make changes in lifestyle to optimize health, wellness and wellbeing.

What is Health & Wellness Coaching?

"Health and Wellness Coaches partner with clients seeking self-directed, lasting changes, aligned with their values, which promote health and wellness and, thereby, enhance well-being. In the course of their work health and wellness coaches display unconditional positive regard for their clients and a belief in their capacity for change, and honoring that each client is an expert on his or her life, while ensuring that all interactions are respectful and non-judgmental." (Definition from International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching – ICHWC)

A growing demand for credentialed health and wellness coached has resulted from many changes in society including but not limited to:

  • individuals and families learning about family history and genetic results and recognizing the value of preventive lifestyle change;

  • recognition that health care professional’s expert advice and telling people what and what not to do, has not been successful in assisting persons to make lifestyle behavior change to prevent and manage illnesses;

  • health care systems recognizing the value of health and wellness coaches to decrease hospital re-admissions;

  • and organizations and businesses recognizing that investing in the health and wellbeing of their employees is the best long term return on investment that can be made.

  • Add to these factors, the just-in-time evidence for health behavior change from evolutions in wearable technology and emerging advances in nutrigenomics (the study of the interaction of nutrition and genes) and

  • other emerging genetic-testing informed decisions.

As a result, health and wellness coaches have new tools to enhance coaching impact.

 

Section 2: Health and Wellness Coaching Education and Training

Health and wellness coaching training and education has evolved over the past several years with more players coming into the field, such as the MentorCoach program. There is also a growing interest from individuals from many diverse backgrounds who are becoming ‘cross-trained’ in coaching and in their other profession(s).

MentorCoach has continued to stay up-to-date with the national trends and is consistently meeting national standards, and more in its health and wellness training program.

Health and wellness coaches need to be sufficiently knowledgeable about evidence-based processes of lifestyle change and about lifestyle, wellness and positive psychological knowledge and skills.

It is because of this unique skill set that health and wellness coaches around the world have felt that a credential from the International coach Federation alone cannot identify who may be a competent health and wellness coach.

For this reason, a number of coaching leaders in this emerging field came together to create the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching (ICHWC).

MentorCoach (through Patricia Hinton Walker’s involvement as an Advisory Committee member) has been and continues to be closely involved with the NCCHWC and is currently engaged in the development of the Code of Ethics and the national certification examination.

 

Section 3: Why National Certification Is Essential

There is a need for standards in health and wellness coaching to protect the public and ensure that individuals seeking assistance in improving their health and wellness are finding coaches who are prepared to work with individuals, groups and organizations on major issues of health, activity/exercise, stress management, relationships, nutrition and diet, and self-compassion/care.

Consequently, a group of health and wellness coaching leaders associated with the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching conducted a ‘job-task analysis’ to clearly define health and wellness coaching and to set the standards for the education and training for this important emerging field.

  • The National Certification Examination (NCE) is based on the core competencies that are vital to effective coaching

  • NCE is grounded in current evidence-based recommendation by important public health groups such as the Center for Disease Control or National Institutes of Health

  • Certification establishes a minimum standard for credentialing professional health and wellness coaches

  • Certified health and wellness coaches stand apart from coaches who have not received adequate coaching training or assessment of their coaching skills and knowledge

  • You become part of a recognized network of professionals leading the industry in health and wellness coaching

The ICHWC has established a pathway for practice health and wellness coaches to earn the National Certification via a Transition Phase. They will be eligible to participate in the Transition Phase, individuals must have completed a program from an organization that has met the criteria established by ICHWC that covers the essentials of Health and Wellness Coaching as established in the Job Task Analysis which can be accessed at: http://www.ncchwc.org/JTA.pdf. MentorCoach is an Approved Transition Program, as noted on the 'Organizations' link on the ICHWC website: http://www.ichwc.org/organizations/ To learn about the development of the national credentialing examine, see the ICHWC press release.

As noted on the ICHWC website, those individuals that have completed the MentorCoach Health and Wellness Certification will need to provide the following to earn the ICHWC National Certification:

  • A certificate of completion of an Approved Transition Program.

    • A written log of 50 health and wellness coaching sessions of at least 20 minutes in duration, and of which at least 75% of each session is devoted to coaching facilitation and not education. They may not be sessions with friends, family or classmates. They can be either paid or pro bono. Coaching log to include coded identity, date and time, session number (e.g. 1, 2, 3 etc.) and coaching topics. Please see the NCCHWC Coaching Log at: This would be relevant after completing the MentorCoach Health and Wellness credentialing process and completion of the MentorCoach coaching log. download and complete the log ICHWC Coaching Log with link available at: http://www.ichwc.org/individuals/

     

  • Demographic information (e.g. education, work experience) for ICHWC research purposes.

  • Those seeking ICHWC certification are responsible to acquire the healthy lifestyle knowledge summarized in the ICHWC Healthy Lifestyle Domains. This information is available at the ICHWC website.

 

Section 4: How to Become a MentorCoach Certified Health and Wellness Coach

There are three routes toward becoming a Certified Health and Wellness Coach.

(a) If You Are Already Certified:

If you have already received the designation of a Certified MentorCoach (CMC) from MentorCoach or if you are an ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC), an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC) or an ICF Master Certified Coach (MCC), you have already demonstrated that you have coaching skills at or above the level of an ICF Certified Coach.

To become certified as a MentorCoach Health and Wellness Coach, you must:

  • Complete the four Health and Wellness coaching classes

  • Pass a multiple choice exam on the class content with a grade of 80%

  • Demonstrate that you have completed, at least, 40 hours of coaching focused on such Health and Wellness coaching issues as weight management, eating, and nutrition; physical activity and exercise; stress and mindfulness; sleep and energy; and/or addiction issues involving, for example, smoking or alcohol.

(b) If You Are Not Certified--The MentorCoach Route:

You can also become a Certified Health and Wellness Coach by becoming a MentorCoach CMC (Certified MentorCoach). For this route, you need to:

  • Complete the four Health and Wellness coaching classes

  • Complete the four required coaching skills classes (Foundations; Individual Coaching Skills; Individual Coaching Skills Supervision; Ethics and Risk Management). Many of these courses may be taken simultaneously.

  • Document that you have completed, at least, 100 hours of coaching

  • Document that of those 100 hours, you have completed, at least, 40 hours of coaching focused on such Health and Wellness coaching issues as weight management, eating, and nutrition; physical activity and exercise; stress and mindfulness; sleep and energy; and/or addiction issues involving, for example, smoking or alcohol.

  • Successfully pass your final oral coaching exam on a Health and Wellness coaching topic.

  • Please note that upon receiving your CMC (Certified MentorCoach) and meeting the requirements above, you are immediately eligible to receive your Health and Wellness Certification and your ICF Certification as well.

(c) If You Are Not Certified--The External Certification Route:

If you are not certified as an ICF Certified Coach (ACC, PCC or MCC), you can also become a Certified Health and Wellness Coach by achieving the ICF Certification independently of MentorCoach. For this route, you need to:

  • Complete the four Health and Wellness coaching master classes

  • Pass a multiple choice exam on the class content with a grade of 80%

  • Become an ICF, ACC or PCC independently of MentorCoach by successfully completing the requirements to be an ICF Associate Certified Coach or a Professional Certified Coach either through the ICF Portfolio Approach or through another ICF Accredited Coach Training Program;

  • Successfully complete the requirements to be an ICF Professional Certified Coach

  • Demonstrate that you have completed, at least, 100 hours of coaching with 40 of those hours of coaching focused on such Health and Wellness coaching issues as weight management, eating, and nutrition; physical activity and exercise; stress and mindfulness; sleep and energy; and addiction issues involving, for example, smoking or alcohol.

 

Section 5: The Extraordinary Wellness Coaching Master Classes

We offer four extraordinary Wellness Coaching Master Classes, totaling 52 hours of training. Three of the four Master Classes have no pre-requisite. So you can enter the Wellness Coach training classes by taking one or more of these three Master Classes. You can effectively begin either in the Fall or the Spring.

1. Your first class could be: Becoming a Wellness Coach: Living and Coaching the Good Life - Part I.

And/or

2. Your first class could also be: Mastering Wellness Coaching: Healthy Lifestyles with Pat Hinton Walker.

And/or

3. Your first class could also be Mastering Wellness Coaching Interventions with Pat Hinton Walker.

All three Master Classes are required. It does not matter with which you begin.

Students may take classes from both Pat and Carol simultaneously to complete the certification in less time.

The Four Wellness Master Classes are below. For full class descriptions and teacher bios, click on the links.

 

Living and Coaching the Good Life: It's All About You

No prerequisite


Carol Solomon, PhD, MCC

12 hours

Mastering Wellness Coaching: Healthy Lifestyles

No prerequisite


Pat Hinton Walker, PhD, RN, PCC

14 hours

Living and Coaching the Good Life: You and Your Clients

No prerequisite


Carol Solomon, PhD, MCC

12 hours

Mastering Wellness Coaching Interventions

No prerequisite


Pat Hinton Walker, PhD, RN, PCC

14 hours

 


 

 

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