Syllabus

Session 1: What is health & wellness coaching?

We will define the role of a coach, describe the coaching process, and distinguish between the coach approach and the expert approach. We will also introduce the practical skills used by professional health and wellness coaches.

Session 2: Coaching Relationship Trust & Rapport

The coach establishes a positive and safe environment where the client feels accepted and supported. When that occurs, the client is better able to clarify values and access motivation when she or he feels safe to be honest and vulnerable. Rapport is built in every session, but in this session, you'll learn to build trust by attending to the client’s emotions as well as words and behaviors, and acknowledge what is happening with curious interest.

Session 3: Client Emotions & Self-Esteem, Dealing with Self-Doubt

The coach calls attention to positive shifts in the client’s energy or emotion that may support healthy behavior change. In this session, you'll learn how to foster self-compassion and acceptance of emotions and reduce harsh self-criticism through empathic communication.

Session 4: Client-Centered Relationship

Learn to facilitate behavior change by empowering the client to self-discover values, resources, and strategies that are individualized and meaningful. Know that the client is the expert in navigating his or her own life, based upon personal preferences and past experiences. The coach provides the structure of the session and serves as a facilitative partner. Learn the coach’s primary role is NOT that of a content expert or educator who diagnoses, advises, or instructs the client on what to do, but how to support.

Session 5: Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry is an intervention that helps to lead and manage change based on strengths. Change happens when we inquire into the true, the good, the better, and the possible. In this session, you'll learn bow to emphasize the best in a person or situation, target strengths and new possibilities and not focus on weaknesses or problems to fix.

Sessions 6-8: Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is a core skill used in various ways throughout health coaching. We spend three classroom sessions on this topic to help you sharpen your skills for asking open-ended questions, and engaging affirmations, reflections, and summarizations.

Mentor Session 1: Practical Skills Review

Put the theories in practice by having a tailored, one-on-one session with your mentor. Use this hour to identify skills you are doing well and where you can improve!

Session 9: Active Listening

Learn to listen to verbal information shared by the client, and be attuned to nonverbal cues, such as expression, tone, emotions, and energy. You'll also notice relevant behaviors (or lack thereof) and use mindful awareness to notice with curiosity and nonjudgment what is happening with and within the client during coaching.

Session 10: Reflections & Summaries

Learn how to mirror a client's words back to them in order to provoke thought and consideration of discrepancies between what they say and how they act. You'll support a focus on possibilities and expand their exploration of reasons to change.

Session 11: Focusing

Learn to facilitate a conversation that balances a client’s exploratory thinking with action-oriented focus. After engaging the client in an exploration process, the techniques (bottom-lining, scaling questions, etc) help narrow the conversation toward decisions, goal-setting, and commitment — all of which support action.

Session 12: Powerful Questions, Expanding the Conversation

Learn how to expand the conversation with a client by utilizing powerful, open-ended questions. By using these techniques with your clients, you can evoke deeper thinking and self-reflection that allows the client to explore possibilities.

Session 13: Growth Mindset & Decisional Balance

Learn how the mindset of an individual will impact the behavior change process. You'll learn how to help clients develop a belief that the client’s abilities are not fixed and can be improved continuously through experimentation and persistent efforts.

Mentor Session 2: Practical Skills Review

Put the theories in practice by having a tailored, one-on-one session with your mentor. Use this hour to identify skills you are doing well and where you can improve!

Session 14: Client Assessment & Evaluation

Client assessments are valuable tools that the health coach can use to learn about their client's health, values, preferences, strengths, and more. In this session, you will learn how to use various types of assessments to support your coaching.

Session 15: Designing Visions

Learn to listen to verbal information shared by the client, and be attuned to nonverbal cues, such as expression, tone, emotions, and energy. You'll also notice relevant behaviors (or lack thereof) and use mindful awareness to notice with curiosity and nonjudgment what is happening with and within the client during coaching.

Session 16: Setting Goals

A goal will anchor the entire coaching process. Setting a SMART goal with your client is critical to defining what success looks like, developing a motivating action plan, and measuring progress along the way.

Session 17: Action Steps

Weekly goals enable clients to take small manageable steps toward their longer-term goals. We'll talk about how to develop "flow" in your coaching, in which a client is planning and taking small yet challenging steps toward their goals and building a sense of self-efficacy in the process.

Session 18: Brainstorming

Brainstorming is a great way to help expand the client's perspective on various concepts and potential new behavior changes. Creating an environment for brainstorming will help you get your client to share their ideas and thoughts.

Session 19: Generative Moments

Generative moments can propel your client forward by generating new insight or motivations. Becoming an expert in facilitating a generative moment will help you and your client explore their emotions, needs, desires, and values.

Mentor Session 3: Final Practical Skills Review

Put the theories in practice by having a tailored, one-on-one session with your mentor. Use this hour to identify skills you are doing well and where you can improve!