Wellness Coaching Resources

By Marci Alboher

Want to learn more about health-related coaching? These resources, which include examples of training programs, may help.

University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality & Healing – This Minneapolis-based center offers a Certificate in Integrative Therapies & Healing Practices: Health Coaching. It’s a two-year, part-time, graduate-level program that uses a blend of online and classroom instruction. Cost is based on the university’s graduate school tuition rates.


Duke University Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program
– This program consists of four, four-day sessions during the course of several months. Participants must have at least a bachelor’s degree or three to five years of experience in a medical or allied health field. The fee is $4,495 for applicants who register by November 1, 2010. Duke, based in Durham, N.C., is developing a certification option.

Wellcoaches health and wellness coach certification programs
– These 13-week training programs, endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine, involve weekly classes delivered through interactive phone calls. The fee is $895 for applicants who register for the next program by September 27, 2010. The next advanced 9-month professional health and wellness coach training program, including workshops and teleclasses, starts in March 2011. Wellcoaches published the first coaching textbook in healthcare.

Wellness Coaching for Lasting Lifestyle Change, by Michael Arloski, PhD

Real Balance Global Wellness Services—Wellness Mapping 360, Wellness Coach Training

Partners in Care Foundation
How Boomers Can Help Improve Health Care: Emerging Encore Career Opportunities in Health Care

The Boston Globe
McLean Center Gives Coaching a Boost

The Boston Globe
When a Coach Can Help

The New York Times (Shifting Careers blog)
Working While Chronically Ill

Marci Alboher, an internationally recognized expert on career issues and workplace trends, is a Vice President at Civic Ventures, a nonprofit think tank leading the call to engage millions of baby boomers in encore careers with social impact. A former blogger and columnist for The New York Times, she is the author of the book, One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success.

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