Certified Wellness Coach Curriculum

Wellness Coaches guide, support, and empower meaningful, enduring change among individuals and organizations. They provide a comprehensive ongoing program of support that reinforces client competence, motivation, and sense of purpose.

Wellness Coaches work most intensively and on an ongoing basis with people or groups wanting support to achieve short- and long-term goals. Wellness Coaches promote a person-centered, strength-based approach by putting the individual or group in the driver’s seat and guiding them, rather than directing or advising.

The Certified Wellness Coaching training program comprises 4-parts: prerequisite, required coaching fundamentals, electives, and outcomes measurement.

The Wellness Coach Certification curriculum for Levels 2-5, which includes 250 hours of instruction and 2000 hours of on-the-job training/practicum, meets the training requirements for the Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship, if sponsored by an employer.

1. PREREQUISITE

Successful completion of the 36-hour Certified Wellness Advocate course, Take Charge of Your Life: Be Well to Do Well or the 60-hour Wellness Facilitator course, It Takes a Village: Guiding Your Organization to Wellness.

 

2. REQUIRED CERTIFICATION COURSES

Level 1 (Advocate, Ambassador Facilitator) Level 2 (General) Level 3 (Specialist I) Level 4 (Specialist II) Level 5 (Master)
Take Charge of Your Life: Be Well to Do Well X X X X X
Domain 1: Basic Principles and Skills X X X X
Domain 2: Building Blocks of Health X X X X
Number of required electives 1 2 2
Hours of required practicum 1000hrs

COACHING CURRICULUM

DOMAIN 1: BASIC PRINCIPLES AND SKILLS OF WELLNESS COACHING (100 HOURS)

Module 1: Role of the Wellness Coach
Module 2: The Definition, Dimensions, and Attributes of Wellness
Module 3: Helping Clients Change: Principles
Module 4: Transtheoretical Model of Change: Skill Development
Module 5: Motivational Interviewing: Skill Development
Module 6: Tiny Habits: Skill Development
Module 7: Putting Coaching to Work: Practical Models and Standards
Module 8: Using the Coaching Kit: Skill Development
Module 9: Biweekly Updates and Practice Sessions

DOMAIN 2: BUILDING BLOCKS OF HEALTH (50 HOURS)

Module 1: Defining Health
Module 2: The State of Our National Health and a Vision for the Future
Module 3: Cultural Factors and Health
Module 4: Information Resources on Health and Fitness
Module 5: Diet
Module 6: Fitness and Exercise
Module 7: Stress Management
Module 8: Coaching Practice

ELECTIVE COURSES (CHOICE OF 2, EACH 50 HOURS)

ELECTIVE 1: FAMILY WELLNESS

Module 1: Defining Family Wellness and Challenges
Module 2: Marriage
Module 3: Human Development Across the Lifespan
Module 4: Parenting
Module 5: Elder Care
Module 6: Coaching Practice

ELECTIVE 2: ADDICTION AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS

Module 1: Addiction and Its Effect
Module 2: Psychoactive Agents and Their Effects
Module 3: Treatment
Module 4: Coaching Practice

ELECTIVE 3: DIABETES

Module 1: Biomedical Resources
Module 2: Epidemiology
Module 3: Pathophysiology
Module 4: Components of Treatment
Module 5: Treatment (Lifestyle Modification)
Module 6: Treatment (Medication)
Module 7: Principles of Self-Management
Module 8: Coaching Practice

ELECTIVE 4: OCCUPATIONAL WELLNESS

Module 1: Principles of Occupational Wellness
Module 2: Assessing Occupational Wellness
Module 3: Personal Attributes that Increase Occupational Wellness
Module 4: Job Crafting
Module 5: Coaching Practice

Modules in process of development:

ELECTIVE 5: POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)

 

US DOL approved

IWE created the competencies and curriculum for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wellness Coaching Registered Apprenticeship Program.

Participating in IWE’s Wellness Coaching training courses may count toward fulfillment of the Registered Apprenticeship Program requirements. Department of Labor: Certified Wellness Coach Bulletin and Curriculum Institute for Wellness Coaching programs are US Department of Labor approved

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Certified Wellness Coach

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For more details of the curriculum approved by the DOL see their link at http://doleta.gov/oa/pdf/2013_13wellnessCoach.pdf