Wellness Coaching Certification Program: Overview of Certifications and Curricula

IWE Offers 5 Levels of Wellness Coaching Certification Training to

Meet Everyone’s Personal or Professional Needs

Level 1 (Fundamentals) Level 2 (Health & Fitness Focus) Level 3 (Specialist in 1 area) Level 4 (Specialist in 2 areas) Level 5 (Master Trainer)
Certiifed Wellness Coach (level 1) $495
Domain 1: Basic Principles and Skills $1980
Domain 2: Building Blocks of Health $990
Number of required electives ($990 each) 1 2 2
Hours of required practicum ($2950) 1000 hrs

Supervised

Note: Due to the skills-based-training nature of the courses, the prerequisite of each course is the one before it. For example, Domain 1 requires completion of the Certified Wellness Coach (level 1).  Domain 2 requires completion of Domain 1. Domains 3 onwards only require Domain 2 completion.

Overview

Level 1 (Fundamentals) gives you an orientation to wellness and wellness coaching. It will help you develop fundamental coaching skills and competency using basic tools and techniques. You will leave the course with skills to lead peer support groups and work with individuals using Interactive Journaling.

Level 2 (Health and Fitness Focus) provides the fundamentals for effective wellness coaching. It covers the theoretical underpinnings of wellness coaching and the skill-building activities that produce highly effective wellness coaches. The emphasis is on using science-based strategies and tactics creatively with attention on working as collaborative partners with clients to discover what works and what fits for each individual.

The course format emphasizes learn-by-doing through a unique process in which the instructional process models and mirrors the ideal coaching relationship and process. Outcomes measurement using evidence-based tools help students hone their skills with real-time feedback.provides intensive coaching skills training to enable you to help a wide range of people who come with many different perspectives, interests, and needs. You will develop deep knowledge and skills in the art and science of change. You also will learn how to harness the power of real-time outcomes measurement to improve your coaching practice and help people maximize the work they do with you. Level 2 focuses on healthy lifestyle, fitness, and stress management.

Level 3 (Specialist in 1 area) concentrates on one area of specialization of your choice. The purpose of specialization is to give you a thorough understanding of issues that challenge people in that area and effective tools and skills to help. Areas of specialization to choose from include diabetes self-care, family wellness, substance use and addiction, and occupational wellness.

Level 4 (Specialist in 2 areas) gives you a second area of specialization (diabetes self-care, family wellness, substance use and addiction, or occupational wellness) and enables you to expand the scope of your practice.

Level 5 (Master Trainer) is designed for people who want to gain the highest level of expertise by doing 1000 hours of supervised practicum and train-the-trainer instruction to enable graduates of Level 5 to serves as instructors and mentors for other students.

LEVEL 1 (FUNDAMENTALS): TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE: BE WELL TO DO WELL

Module 1: What Is Wellness?
Module 2: How People Change…for Good
Module 3: How to Find Valid, Reliable Information to Help You on Your Wellness Journey
Module 4: Physical, Nutritional and Medical/Dental Wellness
Module 5: Social, Environmental, and Spiritual Wellness
Module 6: Behavioral/Intellectual and Psychological/Emotional Wellness
Module 7: Occupational and Financial Wellness
Module 8: Practice to Mastery: Day-to-Day Wellness Skills
Module 9: Wellness Advocacy and Coaching in Action
Module 10: Next Steps as a Certified Wellness Coach

LEVEL 2: HEALTH AND FITNESS FOCUS

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

Domain 1 provides the fundamentals for effective wellness coaching. It covers the theoretical underpinnings of wellness coaching and the skill-building activities that produce highly effective wellness coaches. The emphasis is on using science-based strategies and tactics creatively with attention on working as collaborative partners with clients to discover what works and what fits for each individual. The course format emphasizes learn-by-doing through a unique process in which the instructional process models and mirrors the ideal coaching relationship and process. Outcomes measurement using evidence-based tools help students hone their skills with real-time feedback.

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)

Domain 2 covers the building blocks of health and wellness. It begins with an examination of our current state of national and global health and wellness, and a survey of the multiple factors that contribute to that state. Then, it examines the goals for population-based wellness and the progress recent initiatives have made to make a difference. A critical part of this domain is to examine the role the media plays in our national and global health and wellness. The bulk of the course is on learning how to help people in the key contributors to health and wellness—diet, exercise, and stress management.

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

LEVEL 3: SPECIALIST (CHOICE OF 1 for LEVEL 3, EACH 50 HOURS)

ELECTIVE 1: FAMILY WELLNESS This domain prepares Wellness Coaches to address the many family issues that challenge people today. It empowers Wellness Coaches with the conceptual framework and practical skills to help people manage the challenges from fostering healthy growth and development of our young people, navigating the ups and downs of moving through adulthood, to coping with aging, either of oneself or one’s family members. The course emphasizes a holistic, person-centered, strengths-based approach for helping families navigate the journey toward optimum health and 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 This domain orients Wellness Coaches to the challenges and opportunities of working with people with addiction and substance-use disorders. It incorporates the latest science and models for successfully supporting people with addiction and substance use disorders, their families and/or other significant people in their lives. The course reflects the same holistic, person-centered, strengths-based approach taught in all other of IWE’s domains. It also examines myths and misperceptions about who is affected by addiction and substance use disorders and equips Wellness Coaches to be effective helping professionals supporting people in their quest of greater health and wellness.

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

ELECTIVE 3: DIABETES This domain is designed to give Wellness Coaches a thorough understanding of what people with diabetes must do to manage their diabetes so they can reduce or prevent it from getting worse. The course gives Coaches a fundamental understanding of what causes diabetes and how diabetes contributes to many chronic diseases. Then, it covers current treatment for diabetes, including medications and lifestyle modifications. Finally, it shows Coaches how they can help people with diabetes improve their self-management practices. The key principles of good diabetes self-management are the same as for making and maintaining any life change. What makes diabetes so challenging is that it takes a lot of hard work in many different areas of life, so people with diabetes have to be very dedicated and disciplined to do everything they need to to do keep their disease in check. There are no free passes or holidays. Wellness Coaches are in a perfect position to provide the exact kind of help and support people with diabetes need.

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 This domain equips Wellness Coaches with the knowledge, skills, and resources to help others improve their occupational wellness. Recent research gives us many fresh insights into how to create a rewarding life based on how we “occupy” ourselves, which includes what we do on and off the job. This course gives Wellness Coaches a broad, holistic perspective on how to help others improve their occupational wellness by increasing the meaningfulness and satisfaction of the activities they engage in at home, on the job, in school, or elsewhere in the community.

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

LEVEL 4: SPECIALIST (CHOICE OF A 2ND SPECIALTY for LEVEL 4, EACH 50 HOURS)

ELECTIVE 1: FAMILY WELLNESS This domain prepares Wellness Coaches to address the many family issues that challenge people today. It empowers Wellness Coaches with the conceptual framework and practical skills to help people manage the challenges from fostering healthy growth and development of our young people, navigating the ups and downs of moving through adulthood, to coping with aging, either of oneself or one’s family members. The course emphasizes a holistic, person-centered, strengths-based approach for helping families navigate the journey toward optimum health and 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 This domain orients Wellness Coaches to the challenges and opportunities of working with people with addiction and substance-use disorders. It incorporates the latest science and models for successfully supporting people with addiction and substance use disorders, their families and/or other significant people in their lives. The course reflects the same holistic, person-centered, strengths-based approach taught in all other of IWE’s domains. It also examines myths and misperceptions about who is affected by addiction and substance use disorders and equips Wellness Coaches to be effective helping professionals supporting people in their quest of greater health and wellness.

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

ELECTIVE 3: DIABETES This domain is designed to give Wellness Coaches a thorough understanding of what people with diabetes must do to manage their diabetes so they can reduce or prevent it from getting worse. The course gives Coaches a fundamental understanding of what causes diabetes and how diabetes contributes to many chronic diseases. Then, it covers current treatment for diabetes, including medications and lifestyle modifications. Finally, it shows Coaches how they can help people with diabetes improve their self-management practices. The key principles of good diabetes self-management are the same as for making and maintaining any life change. What makes diabetes so challenging is that it takes a lot of hard work in many different areas of life, so people with diabetes have to be very dedicated and disciplined to do everything they need to to do keep their disease in check. There are no free passes or holidays. Wellness Coaches are in a perfect position to provide the exact kind of help and support people with diabetes need.

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 This domain equips Wellness Coaches with the knowledge, skills, and resources to help others improve their occupational wellness. Recent research gives us many fresh insights into how to create a rewarding life based on how we “occupy” ourselves, which includes what we do on and off the job. This course gives Wellness Coaches a broad, holistic perspective on how to help others improve their occupational wellness by increasing the meaningfulness and satisfaction of the activities they engage in at home, on the job, in school, or elsewhere in the community.

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

LEVEL 5 – MASTER TRAINER

Level 5 enables you to gain extensive experience and achieve a superior level of coaching competency. The course combines learning activities and working with students in the Levels 1-4 courses, supervising and advising them in their practice. As with the courses for Levels 1-4, Level 5 gives you individualized learning experiences, under supervision, in a variety of settings to help you achieve competency and confidence in your skills. In addition, you will gain extensive experience using real-time outcomes measurement to hone your teaching skills and maximize the likelihood that your master coaching helps the students with whom you’re working.

Module 1: Role of the Master Trainer: Coaching the Coach
Module 2: Philosophy and Principles of Coach Training
Module 3: Tools and Techniques of Coach Training
Module 4: Practicum for Coaching the Online Course
Module 5: Practicum for Conducting Teleconferences

COURSE FORMAT

All training is delivered online and you may go at your own pace. The course offers a learn-by doing format to accommodate each person’s unique learning style. Because the emphasis is on doing, there are no big text books to study or extensive exams to take. It’s all about exploring, discovering, and practicing skills. The course offers a variety of learning activities:

  1. Reading brief units of written material
  2. Watching videos
  3. Completing assignments by writing, making audio or video recordings, or creating with mixed media
  4. Carrying out a variety of projects individually and in collaboration with other students
  5. Practicing skills with members of your own social circle, such as family, friends, patients, or coworkers.

We are committed to modeling the principles, philosophy, and values of IWE’s coaching model. This means that training is learner-centered, not instructor-directed. Our job is to help you explore new material in ways that facilitate deep learning that is relevant, meaningful, and useful to each student. Each course includes a real-time, live practicum. Students meet via teleconference or video to practice skills through rehearsal and role play with coaching by expert faculty.

EARN CREDIT

Whether you’re a healthcare professional, personal trainer, or high school student,
you can earn credit!

CE, College and CEUs

Up to 50 hours of CE credit for:

  • Nurses
  • Alcohol & drug abuse counselors
  • Marriage and family therapists and counselors
  • Psychologists and social workers

3 college credits

1.9 CEUs by the National Academy of Sports Medicine

  • Personal trainers

 

IWEs courses are approved for continuing education credits

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