Ways to Learn

  • Online

Program Length

  • 14 Units
  • Less than a year
  • Part-Time

Program Overview

Train to become a holistic health coach and learn how to create a collaborative partnership that supports the client’s health and well-being in the Graduate Certificate in Holistic Health Coaching program. This program integrates evidence-based coaching techniques with a holistic approach to health that incorporates the mind, body, spirit, and community. The Graduate Certificate in Holistic Health Coaching draws from our Holistic Health Education Department’s decades of experience conducting our Master of Arts in Holistic Health Education program, while also benefiting from the cross-disciplinary insights and opportunities made possible by the program’s inclusion within our wider university.

What is a Holistic Health Coach?
Individuals and organizations alike increasingly are turning to the evidence-based field of holistic health coaching to address a glaring need in our current health-care system. Properly trained health coaches help clients to bridge the gap between a doctor’s advice and lifelong change. A health coach partners with clients in a holistic and creative process that inspires them to maximize their well-being.

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Program Highlights

  • Evidence based coaching techniques integrated with a holistic approach to health
  • Draws on JFKU Health Education’s decades of experience and cross-disciplinary benefits from the University’s other programs
  • Can be embedded in the MA Holistic Health Education program

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

A student completing the Graduate Certificate in Health Coaching at JFKU will be able to:

Demonstrate mastery of the coaching competencies as defined by the International Coach Federation and International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching

Facilitate health-promoting changes in alignment with the values and objectives of the client

Utilize change theory and holistic health principles to support the coaching relationship

Appropriately blend coaching skills and the coach’s area of expertise within the health professions in order to serve the client’s interest

Demonstrate a commitment to the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct of coaches

Effectively practice with an awareness of a multicultural and diverse community

There are two paths to obtaining the Holistic Graduate Certificate in Health Coaching. First, students enrolled in the Master’s in Holistic Health Education program may embed the certificate within their Master’s degree, and earn both the MA and the certificate within the same time frame and same number of units. Second, students with at least a bachelor’s degree may enroll in the certificate program without pursuing the entire Master’s degree. To learn more about the individual benefits of each track and for assistance determining which track is right for you, please contact your advisor.

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Curriculum

REQUIREMENTS

The Certificate comprises 14 units at the graduate level. It is designed to be completed in a minimum of nine months (three quarters).

Quarter 1
Units
HHE 5428 Fundamentals of Coaching
2
This course is an introduction to coaching competencies and coaching for wellness.
HHE 5449 Health, Disease, & Wellbeing for Health Coaches
1
HHE 5451 The Mind-Body Connection for Health Coaches
1
Beginning with an inquiry into the meanings of health and healing, students explore the field of mind-body medicine, including psychoneuroimmunology, integrative health, and whole-person approaches. Key topics of interest to health coaches are covered, including self-care, nutrition, spirituality, embodiment, ecotherapy, the importance of connection and community, and more.
HHE 5448 Coaching Experiential
0.5
Quarter 2
Units
HHE 5430 Coaching Practicum A
1
Students build coaching skills through practice.
HHE 5431 Coaching for Health & Wellbeing
1
The focus of this course is coaching individuals for health and wellbeing. Students consider different coaching models and tools such as salutogenesis, narrative, and appreciative inquiry, that are well suited to promoting the client’s wellbeing. Students explore the importance of alignment between a client’s health values and beliefs and their coaching goals. The practice of creating “wellness visions” and the like is examined. We also identify barriers to coaching for health and wellbeing and how to overcome them.
HHE 5452 Change Theory for Coaches
1
This course looks at what motivates people to make sustainable changes in their lives. Change theories covered include Bridges’ Transition Theory, the Transtheoretical Model, Self-Determination Theory, and the Immunity to Change Model. We will also cover transformative learning theory, Kolb’s experiential learning cycle, and Paulo Freire’s concepts of praxis and critical consciousness as key models for working with adults. Coaching students explore how they can use these theories and models to help their clients realize their goals and achieve lasting change.
HHE 5454 Stress Management for Health Coaches
1
Stress may be the defining characteristic of 21st century life; no one is immune. Because every client is different though, health coaches need to understand stress and how it can affect us, and to appreciate the myriad of ways there are to manage it. This course examines the physiological, mental, and spiritual effects of stress before turning to a variety of holistic approaches to stress management that coaches will find useful in their practice.
HHE 5448 Coaching Experiential
1
Quarter 3
Units
HHE 5455 Supervised Community Coaching
2
HHE 5432 Coaching Practicum B
1
Students are observed coaching and receive detailed feedback from a coaching mentor. Written and practical examinations are administered as the final step in obtaining the Coaching Certificate/ Specialization (depending on student’s program) and to conform to the requirements of the International Coach Federation and other credentialing organizations.
HHE 5453 Weight & Body Image for Health Coaches
1
Individuals frequently seek out health and wellness coaches to lose weight and/or change their body shape/size. However, the evidence is overwhelming that weight-loss diets are ineffective long-term and often harmful. Moreover, body dissatisfaction is a growing and insidious problem in U.S. culture. In this course, health coaches learn how to work from a “do no harm” perspective to promote these clients’ long-term health and wellbeing. Coaches will also learn how to recognize more serious conditions, such as depression, eating disorders ,and body dysmorphic disorder, as well as how to refer appropriately.
HHE 5448 Coaching Experiential
0.5
Quarter 2
Units
HHE 5430 Coaching Practicum A
1
Students build coaching skills through practice.
HHE 5431 Coaching for Health & Wellbeing
1
The focus of this course is coaching individuals for health and wellbeing. Students consider different coaching models and tools such as salutogenesis, narrative, and appreciative inquiry, that are well suited to promoting the client’s wellbeing. Students explore the importance of alignment between a client’s health values and beliefs and their coaching goals. The practice of creating “wellness visions” and the like is examined. We also identify barriers to coaching for health and wellbeing and how to overcome them.
HHE 5452 Change Theory for Coaches
1
This course looks at what motivates people to make sustainable changes in their lives. Change theories covered include Bridges’ Transition Theory, the Transtheoretical Model, Self-Determination Theory, and the Immunity to Change Model. We will also cover transformative learning theory, Kolb’s experiential learning cycle, and Paulo Freire’s concepts of praxis and critical consciousness as key models for working with adults. Coaching students explore how they can use these theories and models to help their clients realize their goals and achieve lasting change.
HHE 5454 Stress Management for Health Coaches
1
Stress may be the defining characteristic of 21st century life; no one is immune. Because every client is different though, health coaches need to understand stress and how it can affect us, and to appreciate the myriad of ways there are to manage it. This course examines the physiological, mental, and spiritual effects of stress before turning to a variety of holistic approaches to stress management that coaches will find useful in their practice.
HHE 5448 Coaching Experiential
1

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