This certificate provides the knowledge and skills needed to be a Lifestyle Wellness Coach. Understanding the theoretical models is important to create a foundation of knowledge about health behavior and behavioral change. However, it is critical for the health professional to be aware of and to continuously evaluate the numerous psychological, social and holistic factors that influence health. The most important skill that lifestyle wellness coaches can have in terms of application of any theoretical concept is communication. Effective listening and motivational communication processes will allow coaches to gather necessary information. Effective, successful coaching requires the development of rapport and trust with clients or patients. It must be viewed as a collaborative journey of individualized goals in which each interaction and intervention brings the client or patient closer to increased self-efficacy, program enjoyment and long-term adherence. Lifestyle Wellness Coaches help clients/patients to learn and implement personally meaningful, ongoing behavior modification strategies and continual relapse-prevention techniques.
Lifestyle Wellness coaches can provide services in a variety of settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, physician offices, primary care medical clinics, corporations, schools, mental health centers, group homes for people with physical and/or cognitive challenges, fitness facilities, detention and corrections centers, advocacy agencies, and even places of worship. The employment future for workers in the field of Lifestyle Wellness Coaching is promising.
|Overview of Holistic Health
|Lifetime Physical Fitness & Wellness
|Personal & Community Health Behavior
|Concepts of Lifestyle Coaching
|Introduction to Human Services & Behavioral Health
|Ethical Issues in Behavioral Healthcare