Hi am a bit confused on the whole coaching thing. I would like to expand my knowledge but having a hard time deciding which route to go. I am a stay at home mom with a personal training cert. and working on aquiring all the head knowledge before i go out into the field. I would like to access people as whole, fitness, mindset, lifestyle, etc. I see there are wellness coaches, life coaches, and now I see ACE has a health coach certificate. I was also considering the ACE lifestyle and weight management coach. Any thoughts out there on which gives you the most info and freedom to work with peolple on all aspects of health.
Great site and a common question. And it’s becoming a big story as health coaching becomes a critical component of the health care process. The Affordable Care Act has effectively caused the healthcare system to begin reengineering itself, and patient engagement and activation is going to be a fundamental component of that transformation. At the Iowa Chronic Care Consortium(www.iowaccc.com), we’ve been training clinical staff in the effectiveness of clinical health coaching for more than six years(and just recently went live with an online version of the curriculum, www.clinicalhealthcoach.com), and we’re beginning to see health coaching really become not just mainstream but will be a part of the hospital and physician office process. So look for your clinical care team to become much more knowledgeable about health coach practices!