Wellness Coaching Skills for Everyday People

Wellness is a lot more than just diet and exercise, although a healthy diet and physical activity are critically important for health and well-being.

The problem is that most people approach change in way that makes change hard to do and hard to to sustain once a change is made.

We make change hard to pull off not only by what we do but also by how we think about change.

Wellness Coaching for Everyday People opens up the conversation about health and wellness, and the self-change process. It does it in a way that’s supportive, accepting, respectful, non-threatening, and non-judgmental.

The purpose of the course is to help people explore factors that contribute to good health and well-being, and assess where they’re at and where they’d like to go on their own terms and in their own time.

Wellness Coaching for Everyday People approaches each individual as a unique, whole person; and it addresses the mind, body, and spirit. Anyone can make a change, but making a change that is sustainable and sticks is what this course is all about.

This is a short 4-6 hour, self-paced course that will help people assess where they are in their lives today and where they want to go to improve their overall well-being. The content is very broad because it’s meant to explore the many issues that people grapple with and that contribute to or detract from their engagement at home, in the community, or on the job, and which directly affects their ability to fully engage in whatever they’re doing.

Using a combination of different kinds of active learning activities, students attendees will develop skills for more effective communication, creating a positive environment, handling or avoiding risky situations, and making responsible decisions.

This course uses powerful, science-based strategies to help people make the changes in their lives that will count for them. It will guide them on an exploration of the strengths, skills, and resources they already possess so they can make maximum use of them in the self-change process and achieve meaningful and sustainable goals.

Topics include social aspects of our lives, stress management, nutrition, sleep habits, physical activity, and financial responsibility.

When people feel better about themselves, more in control and on top of their lives, it spills over into all aspects of their lives, at home and at work.

Course Curriculum

Units Instruction and Practice Hours
1. Introduction to Health, Wellness, and Well-being 2
2. The Art and Science of Change: Setting Goals You Can Achieve and Sustain 2
3. Tools and Techniques for Change 2
4. Applying the Tools and Techniques in Your Life 2

US Department of Labor 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


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