Wellness Coach Training Program and Certification
Strength- Based focus
Wellness coaches help healthy clients stay well and clients recovering from illness improve their health. To achieve this goal, students learn how to establish relationships and practice core coaching skills that assist individuals in identifying their values and desires, transforming them into action, and maintaining lasting change over time. Students partner in dynamic collaboration with others, respecting the client as the expert in his or her life, and using a strength-based focus and strong grounding in best practices.
Wellness coaching employs a strength-based approach based on Martin Seligman's principle that "It's not about fixing what is broken, it's nurturing what is best within ourselves" (Learned Optimism, 1991). Strength-based approaches are grounded in contributions from counseling psychology, positive psychology, prevention research, social work, solution-focused therapy and motivational interviewing. Using this approach, the wellness coach follows the five E's:
- Engage – Build a trusting relationship with individuals and groups
- Explore – Assist clients in identifying their values and desires
- Envision – Facilitate a vision for wellness
- Experiment – Employ communication strategies to enhance self-efficacy and to transform values and desires into action
- Evolve – Support lasting change
Opportunities exist for wellness coaches to work as independent consultants or on the staff of sports or fitness facilities and insurance companies, or as part of an interdisciplinary team in clinics and hospitals. Independent wellness coaches can set their own schedules and pay rates, choose their clientele, work from nearly any location, and enjoy creativity and flexibility in their coaching approach.