“I have found that completing of the learning journal, case studies and assignments have really helped me understand how and what I need to change as well as how to work with clients. The supervision with Laurel has been fantastic since it helped me with the course work, coaching clients and most importantly to recognise things to improve my own life. All in all, a life changing experience!” Samixa, NHS wellbeing coach.

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Those that work in the NHS may see their role extended to that of wellness coach as patients are encouraged to take increased ownership of their LTC alongside medical interventions.

Wellness coaching is also appropriate for private sector healthcare professionals.    The growth of private healthcare lies in offering a range of solutions e.g. treatments, products, wellness coaching and other services to potential buyers.  The patient chooses their combination and alongside the health professional, co-creates and implements their wellness programme.

Coaches in healthcare and wellness form partnerships with their patients to optimize health and well-being by developing and sustaining healthful lifestyles. Wellness coaches help their patient enhance self-motivation and self-regulation, lever strengths, navigate the journey of change, and build other psychological resources such as mindfulness, positivity, hope, optimism, self-efficacy, and resilience.

The Diploma in Wellness Coaching Skills places you, the healthcare professional, in the ideal place for best practice and positive career development.

WHO THE COURSE IS FOR

This flexible course is suitable for any conventional or complementary healthcare/wellness professional, nurse, coach, tutor or therapist wanting to integrate wellness coaching into their practice.   NOTE:  If you’re interested in this course but don’t have a wellness professional background, you may be interested in the Integrated Diploma in Resilience and Wellness Coaching we offer.

HOW THE COURSE IS DELIVERED

The Diploma is taken over one year through blended learning which is a mixture of supported distance learning and supervised skills development.  The skills development can be taken via face-to-face monthly groups in Brighton or remotely. You can start the course at any time of the year.

wellness book coverYour tutor for this course is Laurel Alexander, author of How to Incorporate Wellness Coaching into your Therapeutic Practice (Jessica Kingsley).

‘Excellently written book, full of practical advice for any therapist/counsellor. Highly recommended. I find that most other books brush over the practical demonstrations of application and concentrate upon theoretical attributes instead, however Laurel’s book is exceptionally written and combines practical use within the context of theoretical perspectives. This book uses alternative/holistic approaches to coaching as well as psychological and cognitive behavioural coaching. A must read for anyone interested in becoming a coaching psychologist, stress management therapist or wellness coach alone.’

FEATURES OF THE DIPLOMA IN WELLNESS COACHING
  • Supervised skills development options: Choose how you want your supervised skills development:

    – face-to-face group workshops held monthly in Brighton, Sussex, UK or

    – remote live webinar sessions

  • Accreditation and credibility:

    – Accreditation from the Association for Coaching (AC). Student membership for one year of the AC is included in your fee.

    – Accreditation from the National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP).  You can apply for student membership of the NCP at the start of your study.

    – CPD recognition from the Complementary Medical Association (CMA) and the NCP.

    – There is the opportunity to apply for full membership of the AC, NCP and CMA upon qualification depending on criteria fulfilment.

  • Community: Access to a private Facebook student group and to a private Facebook business support group.  You can also work with a study-buddy.
  • Materials and resources provided: Course textbooks and learning materials.
  • Tutor support: Quick turnaround for queries and marking (one week) with support by email, phone and online.  You are constantly encouraged with quality feedback and challenge.
  • Marketing consultation: Included in the course fee is a 30-minute marketing consultation with Karan Hopper of Kameleon Marketing.
  • Business start-up coaching:  Included in the course fee is two hours of business start-up coaching.
COURSE ACCREDITATION
Complementary Medical Association (CMA)
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Wellness Professionals at Work is a recognized and authorized course provider of the Complementary Medical Association (CMA).   This course carries CPD points (one point for every hour of study or skills development). Following successful completion of the course, you are eligible for full membership.

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National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP)

Wellness Professionals at Work is a training provider member of the NCP as well as being an accredited CPD centre.  The Diploma in Wellness Coaching Skills will provide you with a professional qualification and is accredited by the National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP). The NCP is one of the longest established and prestigious societies of its type in the UK and enjoys an international reputation.  Student membership is included in your fee when you are accepted onto the Diploma and following successful completion of the course, you are eligible for full NCP membership.

Association for Coaching (AC)

 

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Wellness Professionals at Work is an organizational and training provider member of the Association for Coaching (AC) and is committed to the ethical development of coaching as a profession. This Diploma is accredited by the AC and student membership for one year is included in the course fee. Following successful completion of the Diploma and the gaining of coaching hours, you are eligible to apply for membership of the Association which has international recognition.

This is a well-structured course encompassing a wide variety of topics, use of models and incorporating a range of learning methods – The self-study elements of the course are clearly detailed in terms of what the students are required to do – coaching practice requirements are clearly outlined, including how many hours, who observes and how feedback is given and received – comprehensive details of how the feedback, reflective work and supervision informs and develops the students’ learning experience – there is a clear description of the assessment methods and evaluation process used throughout this programme. Association for Coaching

COURSE OUTLINE

Stage One:  Pre-Course Reading

Prior to your skills development, you will need to read the provided textbook.


Stage Two:  Supervised Skills Development and Supported Distance Learning

The supervised skills development and supported distance learning run concurrently.

Supervised skills development

You need to complete 40 hours of supervised skills development before you take on case studies.  During these skills development sessions you will be:

  • developing the use of positive body language
  • developing rapport
  • improving effective listening skills
  • developing powerful questioning techniques
  • practicing cognitive behavioural coaching
  • using techniques in overcoming client resistance
  • improving client motivation
  • managing client change

There are two different ways you could have your skills development:

1          Face-to-face group Saturday workshops

You need to attend seven Saturday workshops for supervised skills development before taking on case studies.  The workshops run in Brighton, Sussex, UK, from 10am – 4.30pm.  Group workshop dates:

2016: September 10- October 8 – November 12 – December 3

2017:  January 14 – February 18 – March 18 – April 22 – May 20 – June 17 – July 15 – September 16 – October 14 – November 18 – December 9

2          Remote sessions

These skills development sessions are facilitated online via Skype, Facetime or a learning platform.  You will be trained, observed and assessed delivering coaching in two ways:

  • when you and your client are in the same location (this develops your face-to-face coaching skills – please note you are required to find your own volunteer clients)
  • when you and your client are in different locations (this develops your remote coaching skills – I will provide some volunteers for you to work with)

You will need to ensure you have the following technology:

  • laptop or PC
  • webcam
  • audio out – your laptop or PC needs to have built-in speakers or plug-in speakers
  • audio in – your laptop or PC need to have a built-in microphone or you need to purchase a headset

Before enrolling on the remote option, it is advisable for us to have an online meeting to ensure you are able to connect and receive audio and visual.

You can book your remote skills development sessions when you choose.  Each session will last an hour and includes coaching delivery and feedback.  Choosing to have your supervised skills development remotely gives you individual course delivery and support.  However, to give a sense of student community and extra skills development, you are welcome to attend the face-to-face group master classes in Brighton at no extra cost.

Supported distance learning

You can go at your own pace for the distance learning with the full support of your tutor.  This is designed to give you the underpinning knowledge you need in order to practice wellness coaching. As well as the pre-course reading, additional textbooks are provided. Based on this reading and your self-directed study, you complete assignments at your own pace. Completed work is passed onto your tutor for marking and comment and returned to you together with the next module.

Modules:

What wellness is – The changing face of healthcare – Integrated healthcare – Conventional and complementary healthcare mindsets – Areas of life which contribute to wellness – Mindbody integration – Health coaching models

Long-term-condition (LTC) self-management: diabetes, asthma, smoking cessation, obesity, cardiovascular disease, addiction, disability, pain, respiratory – Key issues when coaching clients with LTC – Preventative wellness coaching – Principles of health behaviour change

Differences between coaching, counselling and mentoring – AC Coaching Competency Framework – AC Code of Ethics and Good Practice – How people learn – GROW Model – Other coaching models – Facilitating coaching sessions – Showing attention and interest – Using exploration skills – Showing understanding skills – Using action skills – Change management – Coaching management:  supervision, record keeping, confidentiality, insurance, data protection


Defining cognitive behavioural coaching (CBC) – The 8-step process to using CBC in wellness coaching: Problem identification – The CBC choice – Goal selection – Exploring and challenging faulty thinking – Choices and consequences – Decision-making and action planning – Implementation – Evaluation

 

Reflective listening – open questions –  summarising –  recognising and reinforcing change talk –  eliciting and strengthening change talk –  managing resistance –  consolidating client commitment

To understand the key principles of solution-focused coaching:  focus on solutions not problems, questioning, solution talk

Values, right and self-esteem – The assertive person – Using CBC techniques to improve self esteem

Time management – healthy eating – complementary therapies – smoking cessation – fitness – environmental health – work/life balance


Defining mindfulness – Physiological influence of mindfulness –  Mindfulness in daily living – The link between wellbeing and human spirituality – Personal Meaning Profile – Coping Schemas Inventory – The Wheel of Life – Labyrinths

Personal tele-coaching – Group tele-coaching – Personal face-to-face coaching – Personal coaching by Skype – Face-to-face group coaching – Webinars – Teleseminars – Email coaching – Products

You are required to keep a learning journal throughout the course. This records your personal and professional learning experiences related to the Diploma.

Stage Three:  Case Studies

Following your supervised skills development, you need to complete fifty hours of case studies. You complete all case studies in your own time and location, under remote supervision from your tutor.

Stage Four:  CPD and Course Evaluation

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed: during your skills development, via assignments, case studies and learning journal.

FREE 30 MINUTE MARKETING CONSULTATION

We are delighted to offer all Diploma students a free 30 minute marketing consultation with our marketing partner Kameleon Marketing. Kameleon Marketing offer affordable, flexible marketing services and consultancy for small businesses, sole traders and start-ups. For more information about Kameleon Marketing visit www.kameleon-marketing.com.

WHAT THE STUDENTS SAY

Here’s what some of our Diploma Students have said:

The knowledge and feedback of the tutor was excellent. D. nurse and NHS wellbeing coach

 

Over the last two and a half years, I have learned tremendously. I am hugely satisfied with the course I have selected and cannot thank my tutor (Laurel) enough. She has enlightened me, been a wonderful guide, supported me every step of the way and become a wonderful friend too. I feel privileged to have collaborated with her and I would strongly recommend the course to anyone interested in wellness and/or coaching. Sophie Smalley, nutritionist, employee wellness specialist

 

I believe I am much more objective, patient and a far better listener as a result of this course. The helpfulness and knowledge of the tutor was excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed the course and felt I got a lot out of it. It’s certainly given me the confidence to coach as I have had such positive feedback from my case studies. Kate Tierney, writer and therapist

 

I have learnt a massive amount around health and wellbeing, much of which I refer to regularly, either generally and/or when coaching, particularly around nutrition, activity, the benefit of good quality vitamins and supplements, value of relaxation and the use of some of the CBC techniques. A well thought out, put together and presented course which will add value to your coaching practice and personal health and wellbeing. Cathy Lawson, coach

 

The three greatest strengths of this training have been: the excellent knowledge of Laurel and her approachable and supportive manner and my increased confidence level. Shiny, nurse and NHS wellbeing coach

 

Laurel is a supportive and understanding tutor who takes time to understand her students’ contexts. Professionally, the high standards set by her have made me feel very well qualified in this field. Laurel is extremely meticulous with her feedback, so I have able to refine my coaching techniques. The final task of completing a business plan was extremely valuable. Emily Beckwith, project manager.

 

The most important things I have learnt during this course have been; how not to lead a client, how to set goals and the GROW model. Dianne N. nurse and NHS wellbeing coach

FEES

Your fee includes:

  • accreditation from the Association for Coaching (AC)
  • student membership of accrediting bodies
  • CPD recognition from the Complementary Medical Association
  • accreditation and CPD recognition from the National Council of Psychotherapists
  • opportunity to apply for full membership (AC, NCP and CMA) upon criteria fulfilment
  • access to a private Facebook student group
  • access to a private Facebook business support group
  • study-buddies
  • course textbooks and learning materials
  • over 200 hours of distance learning tutor support
  • 90 hours of supervised skills development
  • two hour of business start-up coaching
  • 30 minutes of marketing consultation

Fees and payment plan depending on delivery options.  Either:

  1. BRIGHTON – Diploma in Wellness Coaching Skills (master class attendance in Brighton, Sussex) £1,599.

Payment options:

  • Pay in FULL in advance to receive 10% discount – just £1,439.
  • Pay an initial £349 upon enrolment plus ten instalments by standing order of £125.

  1. REMOTE – Diploma in Wellness Coaching Skills (delivered remotely) £1,799.

Payment options:

  • Pay in FULL in advance to receive 10% discount – just £1,619.
  • Pay an initial £349 upon enrolment plus ten instalments by standing order of £145.

UK postal charges are included in the above costs. International postage will incur additional costs.  Please email Laurel on info@laurelalexander.co.uk to ascertain the extra cost.

You can pay by bank transfer or online.

TWO STEPS TO ENROL ON THE DIPLOMA IN WELLNESS COACHING SKILLS

1          Complete and send the enrolment form to the address on the form OR scan across to info@laurelalexander.co.uk

2          Pay online here or contact Laurel to make a bank transfer arrangement