NAT 515

Wellness Coaching & Communication Skills Online
Holistic Medicine

Course Description

This course provides students with beginning skills and theory to be an effective holistic health coach for individuals or groups wanting to improve their health. The course work presents skills that enable students to carefully co-create an interactive, embodied conversation that will invite and encourage growth and progress for all those it touches.

These skills can be applied to a clinical, organizational, and leadership setting. This course provides an understanding and practice of coaching principles such as core coaching competencies, readiness for change and transition theory, energy anatomy in coaching, and personal constitution. It incorporates behavioral change theories and models of health assessment, including health belief, adult learning, motivational interviewing and program evaluation. The course comes from a holistic/integral perspective so participants can assist others and themselves in a change process. The course provides practice sessions for students to apply the theoretical principles through telephone coaching sessions and mock coaching sessions.

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

  • Describe the history and definitions of health coaches, including credentialing
  • Explain and follow applicable Ethical Guidelines and Professional Standards of relevant industry organizations, including the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Describe the basic philosophy, tools, and methods used by health coaches
  • Distinguish between coaching, consulting, psychotherapy, and other support professions
  • Establish the Coaching Agreement as defined by the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Identify appropriate health assessment tools used in health coaching
  • Apply the concepts of Behavioral Change Models to health coaching
  • Establish trust and intimacy with a client by creating a safe, supportive environment that produces ongoing mutual respect and trust
  • Demonstrate effective communication techniques using active listening, powerful questioning and direct communication, and motivational interviewing techniques
  • Conduct recorded face-to-face or telephone health coaching sessions and have them evaluated by his or her peers
  • Develop and maintain an effective coaching plan with a mock client, applying principles of wellness through therapeutic lifestyle changes
  • Facilitate learning and results by creating awareness, designing actions, planning, and goal setting
  • Manage progress and accountability
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of a health coaching program
Maximum Enrollment: 20 students

Required Materials (Course Pack)

The Required Materials cost (Course Pack)—including standard shipping within the United States—is $108. This includes:

  • Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR) - $100

The Required Publisher Textbooks*:

Total Course Price: $1425 (3 credits x $475 per credit) + $108 Course Pack + $201.90 Required Textbooks = $1734.90

Does not include Registration Fee, which is $200 per program or $30 per credit if enrolling in single courses.

* You may always elect to buy or rent your textbooks/ebooks new or used. However, when choosing to purchase college textbooks and supplementary materials outside the College store, please use caution to ensure you purchase the correct version of required materials.

** This textbook is also available as a Kindle eBook from

Tuition Includes:

  • Expert faculty with real-world clinical experience in each course
  • All instruction and evaluation, including weekly interaction with your instructor through the online classroom, live teleconferences and/or chats, email, and the Instructor’s Virtual Office
  • Dynamic online lectures updated regularly to include the latest evidence-based research and industry updates
  • Bonus: Access to the ACHS Wellness Guide Online.
Optional Recommended Reading & Study Kits

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Last updated 06/10/16