Wellness Coaching

Applied Community Studies
Therapeutic Recreation
Course Code
CFCS 4905
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
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.
Course Content

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)
  • Curiosity
  • 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.
Learning Activities
  • Lecture/discussion
  • Role play coaching and feedback
  • Media
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:

  • Tests
  • Written assignments
  • Leadership presentation

This is a letter graded course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. apply core coaching values to the coaching process
  2. analyze essential coaching concepts
  3. apply core wellness principles to the coaching process
  4. demonstrate wellness coaching skills and qualities, as distinct from counseling
  5. explore coaching specialties in relationship to various human service practices.
Textbook Materials

A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided for students at the beginning of each semester.




THRT 3504 or 60 credits of coursework.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for CFCS 4905
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) No credit
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EPHE 2XX (1.5)

Course Offerings

Winter 2023