This experiential course introduces the theory and practice of wellness coaching. Students will demonstrate the skills and qualities of a wellness coach as they create alliances with clients who are aiming to achieve high-level wellness and to manifest their full potential in life. Key concepts include: core coaching values and beliefs, essential wellness coaching concepts, skills and processes.
Core Coaching Values to the Coaching Process
- Views people as creative, resourceful and whole
- Values excellence, realizing maximum human potential
- Acts upon the principles of self-determination and self-efficacy
Essential Coaching Concepts
- Co-Active Coaching
- Active collaboration, alliance between coach and client
- Fulfillment, balance and process
- Integration, application and vision
Core Wellness Concepts, Principles and Models to the Coaching Process
- Defining wellness and wellness coaching
- The tenants of wellness
- The Illness / Wellness continuum
- Dimensions of wellness
- Wellness models and related theories (Ardell’s Model, Hetler’s Model, Travis’ Model)
- The Lifestyle Improvement Model
Wellness Coaching Skills and Qualities, as Distinct from Counseling
- Establishing a relationship based upon authenticity and connection
- Levels of listening (I, II, and III)
- Powerful questions & metaphor use
- Challenging and counter-offers
- Blurting, championing, bottom-lining
- Asking permission
- Designing a partnership, collaborating to achieve optimal potential
- Holding the client’s agenda and moving action forward
- Wellness mapping: assessment, planning, support and evaluation
Coaching Specialties in Relationship to Various Human Service Practices
- Explore wellness coaching niche areas (health, workplace wellness, positive psychology, entrepreneurship)
- Design a possible niche as a coach (health, workplace wellness, positive psychology, entrepreneurship)
- Discuss the application of a niche to ones field of human service practice (appropriateness, limitations and rationale).
- Analyze ethical issues as they relate to the application of a niche to ones field of human service practice.
Means of Assessment
This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:
- Written assignments
- Leadership presentation
This is a letter graded course.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- apply core coaching values to the coaching process
- analyze essential coaching concepts
- apply core wellness principles to the coaching process
- demonstrate wellness coaching skills and qualities, as distinct from counseling
- explore coaching specialties in relationship to various human service practices.
A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided for students at the beginning of each semester.