Wellness Coach Training Program
Register for the Wellness Coach Training Program
Graduates of the Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training Program will be eligible for national wellness coach certification through the National Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaches slated to be available in early 2017. Learn about optional Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Certification for alumni of the Wellness Coach Training Program.
Wellness coaches help healthy clients stay well and clients recovering from illness improve their health. To achieve this goal, students learn how to establish relationships and practice core coaching skills that assist individuals in identifying their values and desires, transforming them into action, and maintaining lasting change over time. Students partner in dynamic collaboration with others, respecting the client as the expert in his or her life, and using a strength-based focus and strong grounding in best practices.
Wellness coaching employs a strength-based approach based on Martin Seligman's principle that "It's not about fixing what is broken, it's nurturing what is best within ourselves" (Learned Optimism, 1991). Strength-based approaches are grounded in contributions from counseling psychology, positive psychology, prevention research, social work, solution-focused therapy and motivational interviewing. Using this approach, the wellness coach follows the five E's:
- Engage – Build a trusting relationship with individuals and groups
- Explore – Assist clients in identifying their values and desires
- Envision – Facilitate a vision for wellness
- Experiment – Employ communication strategies to enhance self-efficacy and to transform values and desires into action
- Evolve – Support lasting change
Opportunities exist for wellness coaches to work as independent consultants or on the staff of sports or fitness facilities and insurance companies, or as part of an interdisciplinary team in clinics and hospitals. Independent wellness coaches can set their own schedules and pay rates, choose their clientele, work from nearly any location, and enjoy creativity and flexibility in their coaching approach.
Wellness coach training prepares students to work as wellness coaches within diverse settings by:
- Combining online and on-site learning that maximizes potential for individual growth
- Providing opportunities for group interaction and practice
- Respecting individual needs via a flexible training schedule
Training involves 4 mandatory components:
- Online: Eleven weekly sessions are taught online and are available through the Blackboard Learn system. Online learning includes assignments that involve reading, watching videos and discussion.
- Onsite: This onsite workshop is a four-day interactive training in Rochester, Minn. It is an immersive wellness experience led by an array of Mayo Clinic experts. Introducing the Mayo Clinic 5 E’s Wellness Coaching Model and essential coaching communication skills, the workshop includes cooking demonstrations, healthy meals and snacks and opportunities to utilize the workout and spa facilities at the world-class Healthy Living Program.
- Live distance: Throughout the course there are 4 live webinars and 1 conference call that will provide you with further opportunity to interact with Mayo faculty, ask questions and learn practical coaching skills. These are mandatory parts of the course, and are offered in Central Standard Time.
- Peer coach practice: For 6 weeks during the course you will meet in peer coaching dyads or triads, using the distance communication technology of your choice. You will have practice coaching assignments to complete together, and some of these calls will be mentored by Mayo Clinic faculty to maximize learning of skills.
- Bachelor's degree
- In lieu of a bachelor's degree, an associate degree in a health-related field with current license to practice may be considered
The Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training Program is an approved transition program with the National Consortium for Credentialing of Health and Wellness Coaches. Students who complete the program will be eligible to sit for the national examination slated to be available in early 2017.
Mayo Clinic's Wellness Coach Training Program has historically included three components — training, peer coaching practice and certification. While Mayo Clinic's coach training and peer coaching practice will continue, the Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Certification may be phased out in support of the new national certification.
The National Consortium for Credentialing of Health and Wellness Coaches started as a founding team in September 2009 and has grown to 75 participating organizations and individuals, including Mayo Clinic. The consortium is tasked with developing standards for professional coaches in health care and wellness, a path for health professionals from diverse backgrounds to become health and wellness coaches, and a strategy and mechanism for national credentialing.
Training for the Mayo Clinic Wellness Coaching Program is coordinated and taught by clinical, scientific and technical staffs of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Faculty members are selected for their commitment to teaching, as well as clinical practice or research.