Through the National Society of Health Coaches!
NSHC recognizes a higher level of education, knowledge, skill and supervised practice that healthcare professionals have acquired in patient/family communication, psychosocial aspects of illness and recovery, health teaching/learning assessment and methods, and care management of those with health conditions, both acute and chronic. Program content is based on this premise.
On average, a minimum of 85+ hours of self-study is recommended to complete the new 4th Edition Program. However, individual study habits, reading speed, and comprehension can affect the amount of study time required to be successful with testing. NSHC Lead Coaches are available for support during your self-study.
In addition to the Program Manual (all Sections given below), study resources include a new robust MI Video Series, Webinars, Audio Recognition, Articles, Online Skills Practice, highly popular Live Practice Webinars, and Quick Reference Pocket Guide. These resources are located on the Member Home page upon log in.
**University/College Faculty: Contact Us about integrating NSHC's program into your curriculum! It's very adaptable!
Section 1: Introduction to Evidence-based Health Coaching (EBHC)®
Section 2: Identifying Your Communication Style
Section 3: Are You Listening?
Section 4: Tapping into the Client's Learning Style
Section 5: Facilitating Health Behavior Change
Section 6: Guiding the Health Coaching Agenda & Goal Setting
Section 7: Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Section 8: Positive Psychology
Section 9: Wellness and Prevention
Section 10: Evidence-based Practice in Health Coaching
Section 11: Measuring Health Coaching Outcomes
Section 12: Putting it All Together!
Additional Study Resources
While the ICHWC's attempt to standardize coaching certification standards internationally is a worthwhile effort, one certification does not meet the needs of all healthcare providers, nor all patients with varying acuity levels. In recognizing this distinct difference, the NSHC requires higher eligibility criteria for its Health Coach Certification; that which requires a current license, registration or certification to assess, plan, treat, implement and/or evaluate interventions in clinical and wellness settings.
Clinicians and practitioners should coach those with chronic conditions, co-morbidities, and high to moderate health risk for the same. NSHC's program of study is based on this premise. For this reason, the NSHC differentiates its Health Coach Certification and will remain independent of this consortium.
The National Society of Health Coaches is setting the gold standard for Evidence-based Health Coaching (EBHC)® in clinical practice. The model was first introduced in the summer of 2011 in North Carolina at the First Carolina Care CoachClinic®.