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Wellness Coaching

Course Code: CFCS 4905
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 3.0
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

Methods of Instruction

  • 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.

course prerequisites

THRT 3504 or 60 credits of coursework.

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

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course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.