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School of Continuing Studies

XMED-523 - Health & Wellness Coaching Skills II

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This course focuses on the application of essential coaching skills and behavior change theories. Students will develop an individualized Health Coaching Approach with methodologies in mindfulness, motivational interviewing and the 5 phases of the Georgetown HWC coaching model. Methods for setting client-centered goals and actions are presented. Additional topics include knowing when to refer and the ethics of coaching.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the structure and flow of a coaching session and a coaching engagement.
  • Apply behavior change models and motivational interviewing skills to support positive health choices
  • Practice conducting initial and intermediate coaching sessions, including vision, health assessment, goal setting and overcoming barriers
  • Practice coaching techniques, both in one-on-one and group settings
  • Identify when to refer clients to resources outside the coaching setting
  • Analyze ethical issues related to coaching according to the ICHWC and ICF Code of Ethics.
  • Formulate an individualized Health Coaching Approach
School of Continuing Studies

XMED-525 - Health & Wellness Coaching Practicum

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Sep 4, 2019—Feb 7, 2020

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Enrollment in this course is restricted. Students must submit an application and be accepted into the Certificate in Health & Wellness Coaching in order to register.

The Health & Wellness Coaching Practicum is designed to help students further their coaching skills outside of the classroom setting. Students acquire and complete a minimum of 30hrs with volunteer clients using learned health coaching techniques. Over the 6 month program, Practicum meets monthly as a small group led by a certified coach serving as Practicum Advisor. During this time, students implement and practice coaching skills, and receive feedback on their effectiveness from fellow students, clients, and faculty. Additionally, students continuously practice self assessment and reflection processes, which are critical for continued growth as coaches.

To pass the Practicum, students are required to submit a client session, documentation of coaching hours, and a self assessment paper. A successful client session demonstrates the student coach meeting the coaching competency guidelines established by the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching (ICHWC).

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Develop their health coaching techniques through observation and interaction with volunteer clients
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills when coaching clients
  • Apply strong interpersonal skills to client interactions
  • Assess client health concerns and goals
  • Implement an individualized health coaching approach
  • Appraise professional strengths as a health and wellness coach and areas for improvement
  • Develop specific health coaching competencies as prescribed by the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching (ICHWC) and the International Coach Federation (ICF)
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