Students who complete this program will be able to:
- Apply health and wellness coaching skills in a variety of practice settings including hospitals, clinics, health educational facilities, private practice, corporations and schools
- Understand the power of the mind/body connection and the innate wisdom of the body
- Build and sustain positive and trusting coaching relationships with clients
- Develop keen sensory skills so that coaches can observe symptoms as they may arise in their own bodies and to teach clients to do the same
- Learn to reconnect with the cycles of nature and understand the role that these cycles play in healing and health
- Develop a comprehensive set of health generating practices based in both ancient wisdom traditions and commonsense contemporary wellness education
- Demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to the core competencies and ethical principles of the profession
- Develop a set of competencies in a concentration in an applied area of wellness: Herbal Studies, Integrative Health Practices, Medical Herbalism, and Nutrition
The program will:
- Provide students with skills in the use of language, listening, and composure as a means to inspire and motivate clients to make health generating changes
- Enable students to demonstrate proficiency in designing and implementing personalized health and wellness plans with clients.
- Enable students to demonstrate the skills necessary to inspire accountability in their clients to adhere to goals.
- Enable students to demonstrate proficiency in the art of evocative and powerful questioning as a means to develop client self-awareness and effective action.
- Enable students to demonstrate proficiency in active, reflective and empathetic listening skills.
- Enable students to demonstrate the ability to develop a comprehensive set of health generating practices based on the rhythms of nature, life skills, and language.
- Teach students to understand the science of behavior change and be able to demonstrate application to motivating others toward health generating behaviors.
- Enable students to demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles of the profession.
- Teach students to apply the philosophy, skills, and competencies within a selected area of concentration in wellness studies
Certification and Credentials
The coaching courses that make up the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (Year One of the MA) are an approved transition program per the standards of the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). Students in the master’s program who have completed this coursework and have met NBHWC’s requirements will qualify to sit for the national exam. Preparation for sitting for the exam can occur while taking Year Two coursework. NBHWC is dedicated specifically to supporting health and wellness coaching.
The coaching courses that make up this program are approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF). These courses provide Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH), a requirement to become an ICF-certified coach. Online and hybrid students will complete our approved 60-hour program to be eligible to sit for the exam and earn the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential. Please refer to the ICF website for additional requirements for certification. On-campus students may complete up to 200 approved hours depending on course selection.
ICF is the world’s largest nonprofit coaching association. Membership provides access to the most current coaching research, global networking opportunities, and accreditation and credentialing programs. ICF promotes professional coaching, raising its profile with high standards and extolling the value of the coaching process in individuals, businesses and organizations reaching their full potential.