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XMED-525 - Health & Wellness Coaching Practicum

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)


Jennifer Winick Miller, MA has been involved in the health and wellness industry since 1996, when she began teaching natural foods cooking to adults and children. Currently, Jennifer supports the inner peace and vitality of parents and care-givers through her health coaching practice: J Miller We...
Petra Platzer, PhD, PCC, partners with individuals, teams and healthcare organizations to unlock new thinking and create courageous steps forward to achieve their desired healthy outcomes. Petra is a development-oriented coach, facilitator and systems thinker. As a well-published cancer research...
Jen Wood, MA, ACC, combines her skills as a Health & Wellness Coach and Nutritionist with her experience as a Leadership Coach to help women leaders discover the right combination of nutrition, lifestyle and mindset practices so they can show up in life and work as the best version of themsel...
Russ is an executive coach and facilitator of organizational development who works with predominantly international leaders to find their own trail to reach their potential by using mindfulness, the ability to assess situations and behaviors objectively, compassion, humor and authentic support. ...
Jim Svagerko is an executive leadership coach and organizational change consultant with almost 30 years of experience working as a leader within the health care industry, first as a clinician, executive leader and then as a teacher and coach. Jim has worked with many levels of health care associa...
Julie is an author, multi-time TEDx speaker and experienced health & business coach. Author and Life Designer® Julie Reisler is the founder and CEO of Empowered Living, a life design coaching and personal development company. Julie is a multi-time TEDx speaker, host of The You-est You® podc...
Stacey Kaltman is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University School of Medicine. In addition to her role in the Health Coaching Certificate Program, Stacey teaches medical students on topics including basic and complex communication skills, health behavior, and Mo...
Kelly is the Associate Director of Clinical Nurse Educators for Takeda Pharmaceuticals. She is an oncology nurse and Adult Nurse Practitioner who practiced in the Boston area for 15 years. In 2001, she transitioned into the pharmaceutical industry where she has served in various roles including...

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