Wellness coaches work with clients to create and achieve their wellness goals. Are you a coach wanting to add wellness to your skillset? Or are you thinking about a new career as a wellness coach? Either way, this course is ideal professional development for you.
Wellness coaching helps people take control of many areas of their lives –physical, mental, emotional and spiritual – to achieve happiness, health and fulfilment. If you’d like to be part of this process and make a real difference in people’s lives, then wellness coaching might be for you!
Our Certificate of Wellness Coaching will help you plan and deliver wellness coaching to meet a client’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual goals.
In this wellness coaching course, you’ll discover several concepts and theories that underpin wellness coaching, learn about goal setting and habit-forming principles, and SWOT analysis.
You will also learn practical issues that coaches face, such as establishing a small business, coaching modalities and potential employment opportunities for wellness coaches.
Outcomes achieved by undertaking a starting this wellness coaching course include:
- How to become a successful wellness coach
- Theories of wellness and their application to clients to help them understand their perception of wellness
- Recommend appropriate approaches to coaching
- Demonstrate how to plan and deliver coaching to a client
- Explain ongoing action required for maintenance of wellness
- Discuss ways to work as a wellness coach
- Different modes of coaching clients
- Defining and understanding wellness
- What is wellness coaching
- Scope and nature of wellness coaching
- Health and happiness
- Qualities of a wellness coach
- Industry associations
- Personal skills
- Professional development
- Dimensions of wellness
- Ways to stay healthy
- Coaching clients
- The coaching process
- Creating a wellness vision
- How to help a client set goals
- What is a SWOT analysis?
- Telephone or online wellness coaching?
- Asking questions
- Maintaining wellness
- Habit formation
- Ending the coaching
- Strategies to help the client help themselves
- Working as a wellness coach
- Practical issues
- Modes of coaching
- Employment opportunities
- Starting a small business
Are Wellness Coaches Recognised Health Professionals?
In an ideal world, a wellness coach would work alongside dietitians and other health professionals. But it’s not that simple. Wellness coaching isn’t well recognised in Australia, so no “accredited” course will allow you to claim government or private health rebates for your clients.
The Good News …
You can still build a successful business using your wellness coaching course.
Increasingly, people are investing more time, energy and resources (money) into improving their health and wellbeing, so a coaching business in wellness will be well received.
There are also many corporate health and private practice opportunities and whole-food, specialist and organic catering, and meal planning possibilities.
If you’re creative, why not try freelance writing, online health blogging or social media classes by incorporating what you’ve learnt in your wellness coaching course?
It’s up to you when you finish your wellness coaching course to find your niche, which will require motivation and creativity to build your wellness coaching clientele.
Positively Psychology – What’s It All About?
Wellness coaching finds its origins in positive psychology, therapy, sport – and to some degree – diet. But what is positive psychology?
Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most fulfilling. It explores thoughts, feelings, and behaviour, focusing on strengths and goal setting to achieve more of what makes people happy in life.
Positive psychology focuses on positive events and influences in a person’s life, such as positive experiences, positive traits, or states.
Subjective experiences – happiness, gratification, fulfilment, flow
Individual traits – strengths of character, talents, interests, values
Interpersonal relationships – friendship, marriage, colleagueship
Institutions – families, schools, businesses and communities
What Are the Benefits of Positive Psychology?
There are many benefits to adopting practices associated with positive psychology, including boosting social and emotional wellbeing, discovering a sense of purpose and in life, achieving flow and attracting positive people and life experiences.
What is Flow?
Flow is a state of being immersed in an enjoyable activity. It’s a term that psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi coined. When people can achieve flow states, such as when they’re painting or playing an instrument, it enhances wellbeing and provides a sense of purpose.
7 Positive Psychology Exercises to Try
- Kindness counting – keep a record of all the acts of kindness that happened each week in your life, from something small like someone letting you into a lane while you’re driving to receiving a special gift.
- Act happy – you might not be feeling it, but research suggests that if we act happy, such as smiling and having relaxed body language, we can trick our minds into elevating our mood.
- Funny things – think of three things that made you laugh recently and dwell for a few moments on how you felt.
- Self-compassion letter – find a photo of yourself as a child and clip it to a piece of writing paper. Write a letter to this child – share all of the positive traits you see in them.
- Learn something new – whether it’s yoga, meditation, gardening or positive psychology, you can achieve a ‘flow’ state (or completely absorbed) and feel your wellbeing elevate.
- Forest–bathing – Talk a weekly or fortnightly walk or jog through a forest. Feel the Japanese “Shinrin-yoku” sink into your soul.
- Gratitude journal – write down one thing every day that made you feel grateful! There are many great print and online resources to help with this ritual.
If you want to start your own wellness coaching business or add wellness to your skillset, enrol in a wellness coaching course like the Certificate of Wellness Coaching. You’ll be glad you did – and so will your clients.