“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.
The role of wellness coaches is to provide a safe space for the client to explore their goals related to health and wellbeing and to facilitate the creation and implementation of actions towards those goals.
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.
Wellness coaching will undoubtedly be incorporated in UK mainstream healthcare in the future. 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
The Diploma in Wellness Coaching skills is for healthcare professionals who have some expertise e.g. nurses, nutritionists, PTs and who are therefore able to coach the client on effective changes in relation to, for example, lifestyle or diet and would like to be trained to the equivalent of QCF Level 5.
Professionals who have studied with us include: GPs, counsellors, complementary therapists, army officers, HR professionals, nurses (diabetic, theatre, hospice, general), coaches, advocacy management, occupational therapists, nutritionists, paediatricians, medical physiotherapists, police officers, personal trainers, mental health workers, day centre management, adult social care workers, community service management, health care support workers, teachers and rehab workers.
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.
How you could use this qualification
You could use this learning with a PAYE job or enhance your skills for a new position. You might start-up your own business or improve an existing business. Giving this world of portfolio working, you could have a part-time position as an employee and be self-employed at the same time.
You could use what you learn on this course to: integrate into counselling, weave into a complementary therapy practice, enhance nursing skills, work with baby-boomers, move into corporate wellbeing, improve a long-term-condition management service, develop wellness programmes for health and wellbeing charities, specialise in wellness programmes e.g. pregnancy or positive aging, offer wellness coaching to NHS services, enhance fitness e.g personal training or weight management, work with parents/families, offer services to health clubs and spas or work with community organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.
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. The Integrated Diploma provides the additional coaching qualification in resilience which practitioners can then include in their coaching as a specialism.
HOW THE COURSE IS DELIVERED
You can take up to two years to complete this course which is delivered through blended learning (a mixture of supported distance learning and supervised skills development). You can start the course at any time of the year.
Your 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/counselor. 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 behavioral coaching. A must-read for anyone interested in becoming a coaching psychologist, stress management therapist or wellness coach alone.’
I am using your book in my post masters integrative therapy course. It’s great. E.C. nurse practitioner
FEATURES OF THE DIPLOMA IN WELLNESS COACHING
The course has undergone rigorous scrutiny to ensure it meets the criteria of each accrediting body and is equivalent to a QCF Level 5.
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.
Thank you so much for your time and patience Laurel. I’ve learnt so much, not just for business, but for life itself. It’s been fantastic. Steve Hollis, personal trainer
Association for Coaching (AC)
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
UK Health Coaches Association (UKHCA)
UKHCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the professional development and advancement of health coaches practising in the UK. Wellness Professionals at Work is an approved health coach training school with UKHCA. The Diploma in Wellness Coaching Skills has been assessed by UKHCA as a full health coach training course and graduates will be accepted for UKHCA membership, subject to membership criteria being fulfilled.
Complementary Medical Association (CMA)
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.
Stage One: Supervised Skills Development and Supported Distance Learning
Supervised skills development
You need to complete 40 hours of supervised skills development before you take on case studies. You complete this through eight Saturday workshops held online.
You can start your workshops at any time of the year and can book onto any workshop as long as there are places available. You don’t have to attend consecutive workshops.
Tip: If you can read The Coaching Manual by Julie Starr (available from Amazon) before you start your supervised skills development workshops, this would be very helpful to provide you with an overview of coaching skills.
Online Saturday workshops: These run from 9am – 5pm on the following 2020 dates:
- March: 21 and 28
- April: 4, 11, 18 and 25
- May: 2, 9, 16, 17, 23 and 30
- June: 6, 13, 20, 27
- July: 4, 11, 18, 25
- September: 5, 12, 19, 26
- October: 3, 10, 24, 31
- November: 7, 14, 21, 28
- December: 5, 12, 19
Additional dates may be added.
Supported distance learning
You can go at your own pace for 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.
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
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
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 Two: 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 Three: CPD and Course Evaluation
*** HOW TO FAST-TRACK THIS QUALIFICATION ***
Potentially, depending on your lifestyle and discipline, this course could be completed in just over a year.
- Stage 1: For each module, there is reading plus one 1000 word assignment. You could complete one assignment a week or fortnight. For this stage you are required to attend supervised skills development workshops. There are several online workshops a month. Stage 2 could be completed in 10-12 months.
- Stage 2: This is 50 hours of case studies completed in your own time and location. Case studies can run concurrently and could be completed within four months.
- Stage 3: This is the quick formality of CPD reflection and course evaluation.
You will be assessed: during your supervised skills development, via assignments, case studies and reflective learning journal.
Laurel Alexander and Jan Eaton are the tutors on this course.
Laurel, Director of Studies is the distance learning support tutor for your modules, learning journal and case studies as well as your facilitator on the online supervised skills development workshops.
Jan is your facilitator on the Brighton supervised skills development workshops. You can meet Laurel and Jan at our Meet the Team page.
FREE 30 MINUTE MARKETING CONSULTATION
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WHAT THE STUDENTS SAY
Here’s what some of our Diploma Students have said:
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
The knowledge and feedback of the tutor was excellent. D. nurse and NHS wellbeing coach
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
Your fee of £2099 includes:
Pay an initial £449 upon enrolment plus eleven standing order instalments of £150.
Up front with discount
You are welcome to pay up front and enjoy a 10% discount, making the fee £1889.
You can pay by bank transfer or online.
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