Health Coaching Core Competencies

Learn essential coaching structure, process, skills, ethics & legal considerations.

Health Coach Core Competencies

The Health Coaching Core Competencies Course will help students to be clear about the process, structure, ethics & legal framework when working with clients. This course teaches the essential health & wellness coaching core competencies based on the standards of the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (which has established national requirements for health coaches in collaboration with the US National Board of Medical Examiners).

As partners and facilitators, health and wellness coaches support their clients in achieving health goals and behavioral change based on their clients’ own goals and consistent with treatment plans as prescribed by individual clients’ professional health care providers. Coaches assist clients to use their insight, personal strengths and resources, goal setting, action steps and accountability toward healthy lifestyle change.

Health Coaching Core Competencies

Health Coaching Core Competencies form the foundation and basic starting point for Lifestyle Prescriptions® University Certification Trainings and Degree Programs. The 4 Health Coach Core Competencies include:

  1. Coaching Structure
  2. Coaching Process & Strategies
  3. Health & Wellness Knowledge & Skills
  4. Ethics & Legal Considerations

Curriculum & Learning Outcomes

The Health Coach Core Competencies Course includes the following topics:

  1. Coaching Structure
    1.1. Coach preparation prior to session
    1.2. First session or before
    1.3. Early (typically in the first, second or other early session)
    1.4. Routine Follow-Up Sessions
    1.5. Coaching Program Termination
  2. Coaching Process: Coaching Relationship/Communication/Techniques
    2.1. Client-centered relationship
    2.2. Trust & rapport
    2.3. Active listening and presence
    2.4. Client emotions and energy
    2.5. Reflections
    2.6. Expand the conversation
    2.7. Focus and refocus the conversation
    2.8. Assist client to evaluate and integrate health information
    2.9. Goals and implementing action
    2.10. Client awareness, perspective shifts and insights
    2.11. Client’s freedom of choice, autonomy, and intrinsic motivation
    2.12. Client self-efficacy
    2.13. Improve support
    2.14. Client active experimentation and self-discovery
    2.15. Increase positive psychological resources
  3. Health & Wellness
    3.1. Health, health promotion and disease prevention, applying a whole person perspective
    3.2. Chronic Disease
    3.3. Health behaviors, social and behavioral risk factors
  4. Ethics/Legal
    4.1. Professional Conduct
    4.2. Ethics
    4.3. Legal
    4.4. HIPAA Compliance
  5. Practice
    5.1. Three practice sessions of 20+ minutes (live or recorded)
    5.2. Post-session feedback each session (20+ minutes) from a faculty member
    5.3. Final Course Quiz
    5.4. Practical skills evaluation

The content, assignments, assessments and exams have been designed to achieve the course learning outcomes.

Degree Credits

After completition of this course students will receive 5 ECTS credits to be applied towards the Integrated Master’s degree program.

Accreditations & Certificates

A certificate of completition will be provided.

Admission Requirements

This course can be booked and is open to everyone interested in root-cause based health coaching and accreditation via NBHWC, Lifestyle Prescription® University certification and degree programs.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Contact us for a detailed overview of the course tuition including potential credits, financial aid and sponsorship options.

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Course Includes

  • 11 Lessons
  • 37 Topics
  • 4 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate