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  • Become a Health and Wellness Coach | Wellcoaches

    Passion for Health? Become a Certified Coach Statistically significant outcomes 194 coaches delivering 128,076 coaching sessions to 30,984 clients. The Wellcoaches Protocol of health/well-being coaching is the most thoroughly tested coaching protocol in the healthcare and well-being domains, resulting in positive, statistically significant outcomes in all 22 peer reviewed studies . Join our 14,000 Health Coaches, who are improving well-being, around the world. Health and well-being coaches partner with clients who are seeking self-directed, lasting changes, aligned with their values, which promote health and wellness and, thereby, enhance well-being. In the course of their work, coaches display unconditional positive regard for their clients and a belief in their capacity for change. Health Coaches focus on well-being, honoring that each client is an expert on their life, while ensuring that all interactions are respectful and non-judgmental. Learn the how to be health and well-being coach from the founders of the field We authored the first coaching textbook in healthcare and well-being and will provide you with both theory and practice that you need to build your confidence - and the confidence of your clients. The Coaching Psychology Manual , the foundation of our program, is recommended reading for National Board Certified Coaches and is widely used as the text for several coach training programs as well as academic courses, including a Science of Coaching Psychology Course at Harvard University Extension School. Find My Classes Free Information Session FAQ Quick Overview of the Certification Process To become a Certified Wellcoach: ​ Complete Core Coach Training (Module 1): 18 live lessons and an e-course Deepen your knowledge and practice (Module 2): 5 live lessons and 2 e-courses Receive mentoring and demonstrate your skills (Module 3) to get Certified ​ Bonus: Stand out from the crowd and earn the Lifestyle Medicine Coach Certificate with the self-paced Lifestyle Medicine for Coaches Course (Module 4) ​ See Core (Module 1) schedule Overview of the process Testimonials My experience with Wellcoaches was excellent. From signing up for the training to my Coach Concierge, and every one of the faculty and fellow students. The well-proven coaching process/theory is something I use every day with my coaching clients and it works! If anyone is interested in becoming a health and well-being coach, sign up for the training. You will never regret it; it will change how you view healthcare. Thank you to everyone at Wellcoaches! Walter Ziske Certified Health and Well-being coach Care Coordinator Gifford Health Care Randolph Vermont Health and Well-being Coach Certification The "Certified Health and Well-being Coach" pathway brings coaching skills in working with patients or clients to improve their health and well-being. As a Coach, you will be an expert facilitator of mindset and behavior change that generates sustainable healthy lifestyles, which prevent or treat disease, and foster well-being and thriving. ​ Eligibility with ONE of the following: An Associate Degree (or international equivalent) 4,000 hours of work experience (approximately two full-time years of work experience) Certification Handbook Watch certification video Lifestyle Medicine Coach Certificate As a coach, it is important to have a holistic and broad understanding of healthy living. This is an an additional 21.5 hour e-course, built in collaboration with ACLM, and provides education from leading experts on key healthy lifestyle topics, such as brain health and basic biometrics. ​ Eligibility with one of the following: Wellcoaches Health & Well-being Coach Certification National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching Certification. Learn about this course Certification Handbook Prereqs Prerequisites Approvals, Accreditations and Continuing Education Enjoy many options for earning continuing education through out global partnerships, approvals and accreditations! Want more detail? Here is the full overview of the process for becoming a Certified Coach and becoming eligible for the National Board Exam. Core Coach Training (Module 1) Step 1: After confirming prerequisites , complete the Core Coach Training (Module 1) Cost: $1785 virtual (9-week, 4-week or 4-day) /$2145 on-site ​To meet the needs and learning preferences for all of our students, we provide two options for training in Module 1 : a 9-week class or a 4-day session. All courses provide the same educational content and coaching practice opportunities. Lesson topics include:​ ​ ​ Differentiating the coach from the expert How to establish growth-promoting relationships Coaching presence Expressing compassion through empathy Building positive emotions for resilience Eliciting motivation Building self-efficacy Readiness to change Building powerful visions Crafting designs for behavior experiments Creating generative (ah-ha!) moments Appreciative goal review Coaching habits e-course ​ Completion of the Core Coach Training (Module 1) - including 100% attendance, completion of all lesson feedback surveys and a score of 80% or greater on quizzes - is required for course completion and to receive a Certificate of Attendance. This module is a pre-requisite for the next step, Module 2. "How long with this take?" and other questions FAQ See Module 1 schedule Step 2: Deepen knowledge and practice. Cost: $215 To further develop your skills, our second Module offers several live classes and e-courses to deepen your understanding of the concepts and skills presented in the Core course, making the completion of Module 1 a pre-requisite to Module 2. Topics such as Organize Your Emotions (2-hr teleclass), Organize Your Mind (4-hr teleclass+e-course), Wellness Visions (2-hr teleclass), and Generative Moments (2-hr teleclass+e-course) will include additional demonstrations and practice opportunities. Completion of Module 2 (including 100% attendance, completion of all lesson feedback surveys and a score of 80% or greater on quizzes) is required for course completion and to receive a Certificate of Attendance. You must complete Module 1 before proceeding to Module 2. Module 2 is a pre-requisite for the next step, Module 3. See Module 2 schedule Deepen Your Knowledge, Practice and Assess your Skills (Modules 2 &3) Step 3: Receive 1-1 Mentoring and Assess Your Skills Cost: $845 ​To demonstrate your learning, and to pursue Wellcoaches Certification this step is focused on the application of learning. This includes: a multiple-choice written exam three, 1-hour individual mentoring sessions (to be completed before the oral coaching skills assessment) a 30-minute coaching skills assessment submission of examples of goal writing and vision statements ​ Following completion of Module 3 you will earn the Wellcoaches designation of "Certified Health and Well-being Coach". ​ Earn a Lifestyle Medicine Coach Certificate (Module 4) Stand out from the crowd and earn the Lifestyle Medicine for Coaches Certificate in addition to the Wellcoaches Certification! Cost: $275 when purchased at the same time as Wellcoaches Training and Certification (Module 1, 2, 3 Bundle). Visit here to purchase a bundle. $435 if purchased separately. ​ Lifestyle Medicine Coaches partner with clients seeking self-directed, lasting changes, aligned with their values, which promote health and wellness and, thereby, enhance well-being. They support clients to engage in the practices of lifestyle medicine, such as healthy diet, regular exercise, good sleep and stress management, in order to become healthier and happier. ​ Great news! You may begin the Lifestyle Medicine Course at any time - no need to wait until after Coach Training. Learn about this course The Pathways to Your Next Career...and your well-being. Get Hired. Check out our Job Board

  • Upcoming Module 1 Classes | Wellcoaches

    Module 1 - Your First Step to Becoming a Coach Overview Books Articles & Papers Videos & Podcasts You commit to attending our real-time, interactive, and experiential classes. We commit to building a competent and confident coach in you. Our Health and Well-being Coach Training program is widely respected as the gold standard. Our industry-first programs gave birth to a new professional, the Certified Health and Well-being Coach. The training is also open to those who do not intend to become a Health Coach but wish to learn the skills and behaviors to apply in other settings. Our Health and Well-being coach training and certification programs are endorsed by our strategic partners, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. We offer Continuing Education for many organizations! AAFP, ACSM , ACE , ANCC , ANPA , CDR , ICF , NASM , NBHWC , NCHEC Tuition & Payment Plans Not sure? Have questions? Want to talk to someone? We'd love to speak with you! Join an upcoming information session with CEO, and health coach industry founder, Margaret Moore or other Wellcoaches leaders. Information Session Registration Preview of full 2023 schedule Subject to change Wellcoaches Mar 2023 9-week class Module 1: Includes 9-week virtual, live classes and our coaching habits e-course. In this format, you will attend TWO different lessons each week in consecutive order. Click here for timezone conversion. Get the details Start Week End Week Days/Times (listed in ET, New York time) Early Bird Deadline Registration Deadline 3/6/23 5/5/23 Each week you will attend two consecutive lessons . All listed in EST. ​ First Lesson each week is: Mon 8-9:30pm OR Tues 12-1:30pm ​ Second Lesson each week is: Thu 8-9:30pm OR Fri 12-1:30pm 1/23/23 2/24/23 5pm ET or until sold out Wellcoaches March 2023 4-Week class Module 1: Includes 4 full day virtual, live classes and our coaching habits e-course. In this format, you must attend each of the 4 days, in full. Click here for timezone conversion. Get the details Start Day End Day Days/Times Early Bird Deadline Registration Deadline 3/13/23 4/3/23 DAY 1 Monday, March 13 10:00am -7:30pm ET DAY 2 Monday, March 20 10:00am - 5:30pm ET DAY 3 Monday, March 27 10:00am - 7:00pm ET DAY 4 Monday, April 3 10:00am - 5:00pm ET 1/30/23 3/3/23 @ 5pm ET or until sold out Wellcoaches Apr 2023 9-week class Module 1: Includes 9-week virtual, live classes and our coaching habits e-course. In this format, you will attend TWO different lessons each week in consecutive order. Click here for timezone conversion. Get the details Start Week End Week Days/Times (listed in ET, New York time) Early Bird Deadline Registration Deadline 4/16/23 6/29/23 Each week you will attend two consecutive lessons . All listed in ET. ​ First Lesson each week is: Sun 7-8:30pm OR Mon 10-11:30am ​ Second Lesson each week is: Wed 7-8:30pm OR Thu 10-11:30am 3/5/23 4/7/23 5pm ET or until sold out Wellcoaches April 2023 4-Week class Module 1: Includes 4 full day virtual, live classes and our coaching habits e-course. In this format, you must attend each of the 4 days, in full. Click here for timezone conversion. Get the details Start Day End Day Days/Times Early Bird Deadline Registration Deadline 4/14/23 5/5/23 DAY 1 Friday, April 14 10:00am -7:30pm ET DAY 2 Friday , April 21 10:00am - 5:30pm ET DAY 3 Friday April 28 10:00am - 7:00pm ET DAY 4 Friday , May 5 10:00am - 5:00pm ET 3/3/23 4/5/23 @ 5pm ET or until sold out Wellcoaches May 2023 9-week class Module 1: Includes 9-week virtual, live classes and our coaching habits e-course. In this format, you will attend TWO different lessons each week in consecutive order. Click here for timezone conversion. Get the details Start Week End Week Days/Times (listed in ET, New York time) Early Bird Deadline Registration Deadline 4/30/23 7/20/23 Each week you will attend two consecutive lessons . All listed in ET. ​ First Lesson each week is: Sun 8-9:30pm OR Mon 12-1:30pm ​ Second Lesson each week is: Wed 12-1:30pm OR Thu 8-9:30pm 3/20/23 4/21/23 5pm ET or until sold out Wellcoaches May 2023 4-Week class Module 1: Includes 4 full day virtual, live classes and our coaching habits e-course. In this format, you must attend each of the 4 days, in full. Click here for timezone conversion. Get the details Start Day End Day Days/Times Early Bird Deadline Registration Deadline 5/15/23 6/12/23 DAY 1 Monday, May 15 10:00am -7:30pm ET DAY 2 Monday , May 22 10:00am - 5:30pm ET DAY 3 Monday, June 5 10:00am - 7:00pm ET DAY 4 Monday, June 12 10:00am - 5:00pm ET 4/3/23 5/5/23 @ 5pm ET or until sold out Wellcoaches May 2023 4-day Residential class in Columbus, Ohio Module 1: Includes 4 full day live classes and our coaching habits e-course. In this format, you must attend each of the 4 days, in full. Click here for timezone conversion. Get the details Start Day End Day Days/Times Early Bird Deadline Registration Deadline 5/8/23 5/11/23 DAY 1 Monday, May 8 8:30am -5:00 pm ET DAY 2 Tuesday, May 9 8:30am -5:00 pm ET DAY 3 Wednesday, May 10 8:30am -5:00 pm ET DAY 4 Thursday, May 11 8:30am -5:00 pm ET 3/27/23 4/28/23 @ 5pm ET or until sold out Wellcoaches June 2023 9-week class Module 1: Includes 9-week virtual, live classes and our coaching habits e-course. In this format, you will attend TWO different lessons each week in consecutive order. Click here for timezone conversion. Get the details Start Week End Week Days/Times (listed in ET, New York time) Early Bird Deadline Registration Deadline 6/5/23 8/18/23 Each week you will attend two consecutive lessons . All listed in ET. ​ First Lesson each week is: Mon 7-8:30pm OR Tue 11am-12:30pm ​ Second Lesson each week is: Thu 7-8:30pm OR Fri 11am-12:30pm 4/24/23 5/26/23 5pm ET or until sold out Get Hired. Check out our Job Board Our Top Accounts

  • Job Board | Wellcoaches

    Job Board This page features jobs shared with us by partners and jobs where the listing specifies that Wellcoaches certification is desired. Positions included are coaches and other health industry professionals with coach-like qualities and skills. Please direct all inquiries to the hiring organization. Check out our featured coaches! Well-being Program Coordinator WebMD Posted 2/7/2023 ​Work collaboratively with the designated client’s health promotion team to deliver well-being programming and face-to-face health coaching to eligible participants as well as help to raise awareness of the onsite program and the WebMD products and services that enable it. Provide 1:1, video, and/or group health coaching. To Apply Exercise Physiologist Montage Health, California Posted 2/7/2023 The EP works as an integral part of the multidisciplinary Cardiopulmonary Wellness team, and provides direct patient care for patients with cardiac, pulmonary, and other chronic diseases. Understands and utilizes behavior modification techniques and coaching skills to empower patients to make conscious choices regarding their health. Responsible for orienting patients to program and exercise equipment; assessing patient's exercise progression; identifying ways to increase patient independence; developing/leading appropriate warm-up, cool-down, and resistive exercises; and teaching education classes. ​​ To Apply Health Coach University of North Texas Health Science Center Posted 1/30/2023 Provide tailored one-on-one health coaching sessions, utilizing techniques such as motivational interviewing, to patients around their stated health goals, both in-person and telephonically/virtually. Collaborate with the clinical care team and patient to understand patient health goals. Co-create action plans and SMART goals to meet the patient’s stated health goals. Monitor the patient’s progress related to their established goals and provide accountability. To Apply Health Coach Cameron Memorial Community Hospital, Indiana Posted 1/27/2023 Engage patients to take an active role in their health by providing them with the tools necessary to make healthy lifestyle choices and adopt lifelong healthy behaviors. Work with a diverse population to assist in the development of individualized health plans of care/goals with a focus on small, steady, sustainable improvements for each patient or group. Assist the patient with identifying additional resources or referrals needed and navigates the process to meet patient needs. ​​ To Apply Lead Health Coach Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, New Hampshire Posted 1/27/2023 Wentworth-Douglass Hospital's Fitness Center has an opening for a Lead Health Coach. It is looking for applicants with a minimum of 6 months experience in the fitness industry and/or completed course work in health coach or Wellcoaches applications. ​ To Apply Clinical Care Manager Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Posted 1/26/2023 Searching for someone with licensure in Massachusetts in appropriate discipline (RN, LMHC, LICSW, LCSW) to facilitate care for members and families of members who may have rising health risks or complex healthcare needs, to promote optimal health. Facilitation is focused on assessing needs, identifying health care disparities, social determinants of health, and any barriers to care. The Clinical Care Manger will engage members in appropriate plans of care, coordinate care and services as appropriate, communicate effectively and provide members with education and resources as needed. Wellcoaches certification a plus. ​​ To Apply Clinical Health Coach HealthFirst, Florida Posted 12/23/2022 Provide face-to-face and/or telephonic coaching, support and education. The health coach will engage patients, and community members in identifying lifestyle modification opportunities, establishing goals and action plans, and conducting follow-up to support healthy, sustainable behavior change The Health Coach will be responsible for contacting patients that are eligible for the program for enrollment and providing necessary wellness coaching to reduce or eliminate high-risk behaviors, improve self-management of their chronic condition, reduce the risk of admission or readmission into the hospital and improve overall health and well-being of the patient. ​​ To Apply Public Health Educator-Health Coach, multiple openings New York Health + Hospitals, New York Posted 12/16/2022 New York Health + Hospitals has openings in multiple locations throughout New York City for health coaches to work in its Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine (PBLM) Program. The Health Coach will provide health coaching support (with emphasis on plant-based nutrition) to adult patients enrolled in the PBLM Program. This program is designed to help patients living with chronic cardiometabolic conditions adopt healthy lifestyle changes across the pillars of nutrition, physical activity, sleep, stress management, social connections, and avoidance of risky substances. To find the job openings, please go to the link in the To Apply button, and search for the positions with the Job IDs 82541, 83512, 83587, and 83601. ​​ To Apply Lifestyle Coach & Program Educator AdventHealth, Florida Posted 12/1/2022 AdventHealth is seeking a Wellcoaches certified coach, for a part-time position that may develop into full-time, for its development of HelloWell, a lifestyle coaching product. During the pilot phase, the position will entail a combination of in-person and virtual coaching, as well as education programming. Assess goals, needs and motivations of members by guiding them through a comprehensive health and wellness assessment. Co-create client centered wellness plans for members to help them achieve desired behaviors across health and wellness categories. If interested, please email Christina, at Christina@ChristinaLombardo.com , for more information. ​ ​ To Apply Wellness Coach Mercy Medical Center, Iowa Posted 11/10/2022 Execute incentive program management for companies. Create, organize and conduct health education programs. Conduct one on one consultations (wellness coaching) for health improvement. Coordinate and deliver health risk appraisals. ​ ​ Nurse Wellness Coach (Spanish Speaking) EmblemHealth/ConnectiCare/WellSpark, Connecticut Posted 11/7/2022 Empower participants to develop the skills and confidence required to effectively self-manage their chronic condition(s) while implementing WellSpark’s Bio-Psycho-Social model of care. Perform outreach telephonically providing education/support, assisting with personalized goal setting, and encouraging the development of action plans. Engage identified population, including recently hospitalized or participants identified as having a chronic condition, to promote wellness by coaching, motivating, and educating to attain maximum mental/physical well-being. Empower participants to become active in their own health outcomes by utilizing motivational interviewing, mind/body interventions and behavior change techniques. To Apply Pharmacist Walgreens, Georgia Posted 11/1/2022 Opening for a pharmacist in a health center that provides primary care for local members, while also providing pharmacy services on a national level. Responsibilities will include education and behavioral counseling to provide patient specific education and recognized wellness coaching processes to promote behavior modification. Sessions are typically one on one through face-face interaction or virtual meetings. Group meetings may also be provided. To Apply Health Coach ConnectiCare, Virginia Posted 9/9/2022 Perform telephonic outreach to engage identified population to promote wellness by coaching, motivating, and educating to attain maximum mental/physical well-being. Facilitate promotion of well-being to aid in health literacy, reducing lifestyle risks and supporting readiness to change as they relate to health programs. Empower participants to become active in their own health by utilizing motivational interviewing, mind/body interventions and behavior change techniques to make ongoing healthy lifestyle choices. To Apply Wellness Clinician Goshen Health, Indiana Posted 8/29/2022 The Wellness Clinician is responsible for the promotion, presentation, development & implementation of Get Fit – Get Healthy wellness programs. They will also be responsible for the organization, education, and assistance with other various community education and promotion activities, classes, clinics, fairs and functions. To Apply Program Coordinator, Health and Wellness Kennesaw State University, Georgia Posted 8/3/2022 Collaborate with campus stakeholders to develop a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to student health and well-being. Recruit, interview, hire, trains, and manage Wellness Peer Mentors for the wellness coaching program. Plan, implement, and evaluate theory- and evidence-based health and wellness strategies, policies, programs, and services. To Apply Nurse Wellness Coaches (Diabetes Prevention Program) - Multiple Openings EmblemHealth/ConnectiCare/WellSpark Posted 7/12/2022 Empower participants to develop the skills and confidence required to effectively self-manage their chronic condition(s) while implementing WellSpark’s Bio-Psycho-Social model of care. To Apply Health Coaches - Multiple Openings EmblemHealth/ConnectiCare/WellSpark Posted 7/12/2022 Empower participants to develop the skills and confidence required to effectively self-manage their health and wellness while implementing WellSpark’s Bio-Psycho-Social model of care. To Apply Nurse Wellness Coach Wellspark Posted 5/12/22 The Nurse Wellness Coach will empower participants to develop the skills and confidence required to effectively manage their chronic condition(s). The Nurse Wellness Coach will outreach to participants telephonically and provide education/support, assist with setting personalized goals and encourage development of an action plan to achieve these goals. This oversight will allow the participant to effectively self-manage their chronic condition(s) and make informed health decisions. To Apply Premise Health Various Positions, Various Locations Premise Health is a large direct healthcare provider and digital provider. It works with numerous large commercial and municipal employers in the U.S. It operates over 800 onsite and nearsite wellness centers in 45 states and Guam, and also offers care through its Digital Wellness Center. Premise often has job openings for positions, such as Wellness Coaches, Health Coaches, and various Nurse positions, where they prefer candidates with Wellcoaches certification. To see relevant job openings please visit its Careers page and enter Wellcoaches as a search term. To Apply

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  • Geoff Montgomery

    Geoff Montgomery, NBC-HWC Health Coach WellSpark Choosing Wellcoaches is the best decision I made when I decided to pursue a new career as a Health and Wellbeing Coach. The methodology they teach is easily recognized in the Health Coaching profession and brings instant credibility when looking for a job in the industry. Wellcoaches experienced staff are extremely professional and offer continued support throughout the curriculum, helping ensure success and a feeling of community. Additionally, I have been able to take advantage of the continuing education and monthly offerings to stay up-to-date and continue my education. The Wellcoaches program helped me prepare for the National Board exam, and was instrumental in my getting hired by Well Spark as a Health Coach. I would highly recommend the Wellcoaches program to anyone looking to pursue a career in Health Coaching.

  • The NBHWC & National Standards – A Quick History

    While we could write a book about the 14-year journey from 2009-2022, I want to share the quick highlights to remember the countless hours and years invested by Wellcoaches that led us to the eve of applying for full approval of CPT codes for health and well-being coaching services, planned in early 2023. The original founders in 2009 were from Wellcoaches (me, Coach Meg), University of Minnesota (Karen Lawson), Duke, then Vanderbilt (Ruth Wolever), ACSM (Dick Cotton), Wisdom of the Whole (Linda Bark), CIIS (Meg Jordan), Real Global Wellness (Michael Arloski), Duke Integrative Health (Linda Smith), and Vanderbilt (Roy Elam). Our biggest accomplishment was the journey of the founding team from being competitors to making deep friendships and a collaborative agenda. We all transcended, moving past self-interest and our own organizations and even personal and financial interest to say, “This is for the betterment of the coaching industry and the world.” That energy, that collaboration of serving a larger cause, is the life force behind NBHWC. Here's a quick gallop through our journey together: 1. Co-chaired by me and Karen Lawson, we gathered 70 stakeholders for a fall 2010 summit in Wellesley, MA, titled: Summit on Standards & Credentialing of Professional Coaches in Healthcare & Wellness. We used an appreciative inquiry process to align on a shared agenda to make a big impact on healthcare – developing the new profession of Coaching in healthcare and wellness. One of our many accomplishments? New lyrics for the song – I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing: The Change that’s Sure to Last We used to teach the world to do, Exactly what we said. It didn’t bring them health or joy, And gave us jobs we dread. But now we’ve learned just how to coach, Results are coming fast. This brings them health and gives us joy. The change that’s sure to last. View the Executive Summary of the Summit here. 2. By 2013, the expanded team agreed on one job definition: Health and Wellness Coaches are professionals from diverse backgrounds and education who work with individuals and groups in a client-centered process to facilitate and empower the client to achieve self-determined goals related to health and wellness. Successful coaching takes place when coaches apply clearly defined knowledge and skills so that clients mobilize internal strengths and external resources for sustainable change. Our collaborative and hard-won breakthrough meeting weekly over our first two years was to build one set of standards – for one coach - the health and wellness coach (not different standards for different coaches, e.g. health coach, integrative health coach, or wellness coach). We formed a nonprofit legal entity and board of directors, and we raised $100k in donations. 3. 2014 was a big year. With Dick Cotton’s leadership, ACSM donated the services of a psychometrician to lead a job task analysis process, gathering 15 coaches with varied backgrounds for three days of discussion in Indianapolis to define the job tasks (tasks, knowledge, and skills), further validated by 1,000 practicing coaches. Armed with the job task analysis, and following the best practices DACUM process, we gathered 19 coaching leaders to collaborate in Minneapolis for three summer days on moving toward a consensus on the minimum training and education standards for the health and wellness coach. We invited advisors from ICF and other organizations to assist. The consensus and detailed minimum program standards evolved over the next six months to 60 hours of coaching skills training, 15 hours of healthy lifestyle knowledge, 3 mentor coaching sessions, and a pass/fail practical skills assessment, to be eligible for the national certification examination. We also agreed on a transition phase, ultimately from 2016-2021, with a lower standard - at least 30 hours of coaching skills training and a pass/fail practical skills assessment. We published the standards for public comment by May 2015. 4. In early 2015, Wellcoaches coach Leigh-Ann Webster joined the team as the first paid staff member, serving as the NBHWC operations manager. Now Leigh-Ann is the NBHWC Executive Director – a spectacular rise of a brilliant leader who has built an incredible team of rising leaders. We set out to find a partner to build a certification examination and reached out to several organizations. With great foresight, David Eisenberg introduced Don Melnick, then president of NBME, to me in spring 2015, which evolved into a 2016 MOU, and then a complex, multi-year negotiation, multi-million dollar investment, and formation of NBHWC as a non-profit NBME affiliate, starting up in January 2019. In parallel, we created a certification competency blueprint (team of 6, with Ruth Wolever and me doing much of the heavy-lifting), and creation of the first 600 certification examination items (team of 20+ coaching leaders). 5. Fast forward to 2022, NBHWC is now a financially healthy and growing organization, in its sixth year in delivering the national board certification examination for health and wellness coaches. NBHWC has approved 100+ programs to train health and wellness coaches eligible for the examination and certified 7,000 coaches, including nearly 1,000 Wellcoaches coaches who have accomplished a 93.1% pass rate. 6. Since 2019, my focus has been building the Healthcare Commission that is forging the path to billing and reimbursement of coaching services in healthcare, generating the economic foundation for the role of the coach. In 2019, with the VA’s leadership, we earned approval of Category III codes for health and well-being coaching services. In 2021, we established a taxonomy code for the health and wellness coach to work in healthcare, as well as guidance for coach use of various CPT codes. Erika Jackson, Chief Coaching Officer @ Wellcoaches is a member of the Program Approval Commission, assisting in the ongoing evolution of national standards. Through my 14 years of volunteer leadership and contributions, frequently two or more days of my workweek, I have helped lay down the foundation for our beloved profession – the vigorous teamwork and multiple intense retreats that led over five years to the standards and job task analysis, the rigorous weeks and months invested to meet the NBME certification standards and build a high-quality examination, a demanding three years of negotiations with the NBME legal team, starting up a five-year collaboration with the CDC on group coaching, the creation and execution of a robust business plan and high-functioning NBHWC board, and now the many hours and days preparing for the AMA CPT Panel meetings. My deepest gratitude goes out to the many friendships and rich collaborations with the top leaders across our field that continue to grow as we now have an NBHWC team that is more than 70 – 7 staff, 13 board members, and 30 volunteer leaders on four commissions, as well as a large team of 20+ that continues to evolve the certification examination. We really can move mountains together! Onward & upward! Margaret Moore, aka Coach Meg Founder/CEO, Wellcoaches Corporation Co-Founder, Board member, NBHWC

  • Story of coaching and collaboration

    Featuring Dr. Sonal Ullman A Beautiful Story of Coaching and Collaboration Wellcoaches & Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital In 2018, I led a grand rounds session on coaching skills for physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Needham Hospital. Among the participants was GI physician leader Sonal Ullman, who now leads the hospital’s physician group. That auspicious session spawned a close collaboration of Wellcoaches and the hospital’s administrative, physician, and nurse leaders, giving life to a variety of initiatives: since 2019, an ongoing senior leadership/coaching program for around 50 leaders, including an annual retreat 2020-2021 - an intense burnout group coaching program at the height of the pandemic of 15+ early morning group sessions 2020-2021 - private burnout coaching of 30+ physicians by nine Wellcoaches coaches Along with four other hospital leaders, Dr. Ullman went on to complete the Wellcoaches certification and become a physician coach In early 2022, one of Dr. Ullman’s patients, Dana Martin, died of gastric cancer. In deep gratitude for her services, Dana donated $100,000 to the hospital for a project of Dr. Ullman’s direction. Her story of working with Dana is a beautiful one of deep service and impact. She published the story in a Stanford Medicine newsletter. Dr. Ullman used the donation for an internal professional coaching program to support hospital employees, named the Martin Family Coaching Program (more details at the end of the blog). Both Coach Meg and Erika Jackson are supporting the Beth Israel team of physician and nurse coaches. What happens when coaches and physicians come together? More well-being in healthcare. Onward and upward, Coach Meg MARTIN FAMILY COACHING PROGRAM A new workforce development program for staff and providers at BID Needham 💡Collaborate, Cultivate, Partner, Foster Possibilities, Co-Discover, Broaden Thinking The Martin Family Coaching Program is a philanthropically-funded program and part of BID Needham's commitment to workforce development—one of the hospital's top strategic initiatives for 2022—with the goal to maximize your professional potential. This structured staff and physician coaching program provide you the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a professionally trained coach who is also a BID Needham employee or physician for up to six hours over the course of six months. A well-being coach is a trained facilitator of positive habits, change and growth who partners with you in a thought-provoking and creative process. This program is open to all staff—both clinical and non-clinical—and to physicians. Benefits of the coaching program · Increase self-awareness, insight and creativity as you set goals for your career development · Tap into your strengths and experiences to help address challenges · Become an expert in your wellness and personal path · Collaborate with a coach who understands your work environment · Increase quality of life at work through better use of internal and external resources Could a well-being coach help you? A coach will be your partner in professional development, helping you set goals and maximize your opportunities for growth. In addition, a coach can help you learn from difficult situations, as well as develop and practice tools to address workplace challenges. What you will gain 💡 Resilience, Engagement, Clarity, Meaning, Future, Connection, Strengths, Strategies, Vision, Confidence, Gratitude, Leadership, Flow, Purpose, Learning, Meaning, Fulfillment Connect with a coach today! If you would like to learn more about how you might benefit from the Martin Family Coaching Program, email BIDN-coaching@bidneedham.org.

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