Integrative Health Coach Professional Training

Do you want to…

  • help others create a life of maximum health and vitality?
  • put the heart back into healthcare?
  • partner with people to achieve the goals they have always wanted for themselves?
  • work with the elderly to live their life with vivaciousness?
  • assist people in reducing the negative impact of chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes?

If so, Duke Integrative Medicine's Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program could be the ideal choice for you. 

What is Integrative Health Coaching? 

Although contemporary medicine has made many breakthroughs and powerful advances, it still remains primarily a disease management system. The current system leaves medical and allied health providers without the necessary time and training to help patients plan for their health and implement effective health behavior changes for disease prevention.

Integrative Health Coaching:

  • Is the missing link in our current health care system
  • Is a new paradigm of care that defines success not as more procedures and tests, but as better patient engagement and outcomes
  • Empowers clients to make lasting health behavior changes that are the cornerstones of lifelong well-being
  • Bridges the gap between medical recommendations and patients’ abilities to successfully implement those recommendations into their complex lives 

The Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program was formally launched in August 2008 as a key component of the transformation of healthcare. The program, uniquely based in many years of clinical experience and research with thousands of patients and clients, trains medical and allied health care providers in the core competencies necessary to work as integrative health coaches.

What are our graduates doing?

Our graduates hail from a variety of backgrounds and are just as diverse in the professional application of their Integrative Health Coach Training.   Our graduates work in these and other settings:

  • Healthcare: Graduates working within the healthcare field use their training to help their clients achieve and maintain their health goals.  Some graduates who work within healthcare clinics use their Integrative Health Coaching skills with their current clients such as those preparing for weight loss surgery, cancer survivors, and those living with conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Others work to affect the policies and practices of their healthcare system.  For example, one graduate is helping their organization develop an integrative health coaching service for cancer survivors. Another is influencing medical education opportunities at a local level through advocating for the inclusion of integrative health coaching training.  Some graduates work within the Veterans Health Administration and are collaborating with their leadership to develop internal protocols and supports to bring integrative health coaching to veterans across the nation.
  • Corporations: Graduates employed by corporate wellness programs or insurance companies provide coaching services to individuals and groups covered by their organization.
  • Private Practice: Graduates develop a private integrative health coach practice and provide services such as individual and group coaching, health workshops, and retreats.

Why choose Duke IM's training program? 

Duke's Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program is based on many years of clinical experience and research. In fact, the leaders who helped establish the field of integrative health coaching are the same professionals who lead our program modules.  Participants report the greatest assets of our training are:

  • Well-designed coaching competencies aligned with our coaching framework:  Our coaching framework for effective integrative health coaching hinges on the overlapping use of several essential elements — a coaching process, partnership, and coaching skills.  Duke has a clearly developed coaching process module for coaches to help guide a client through connecting to their personal health vision, pausing to assess where they are now, and then developing and implementing a plan for sustainable change that draws out their personal strengths and identifies and plans around barriers in their unique life.  This process is based on the neuroscience of change and theories of change models, and has been tested and proven effective in Duke’s research studies of integrative health coaching.  The coaching process is supported by a productive partnership between coach and client , as well as the coach’s effective use of coaching skills such as other-focused listening, reflections, and open-inquiry. 
  • Mindful Awareness:  Duke’s model of integrative health coaching regards mindful awareness as the umbrella which encompasses the coaching framework of process, partnership, and skills. Coaching with mindful awareness —being fully aware of each moment with the client — allows greater flexibility, observation and connection in working with the client, all of which support the client in their process of successful change.  This approach to coaching is a unique feature of our training.
  • Practice:  Duke’s training emphasizes the importance of making the training competencies your own through practice.  After introducing a concept, it will be demonstrated and then you will immediately try it out yourself so that when you complete the training you will be confident in the concepts you have learned, and are ready to put them into practice as a coach. You will find that our training program requires hands-on experiential practice, preparing our participants to be able to immediately utilize their skills professionally.
  • Community:  The most effective learning, and change, happens in a community.  The in-person training component, ongoing practice with colleagues, and emphasis on building on the expertise and knowledge each participant brings to the training group, all help to build a unique learning community.  This community supports you in getting the most out of the training, and continuing to network with your colleagues after training through the alumni website, newsletter, and continued learning activities.

How do I become an Integrative Health Coach? 

Duke Integrative Medicine offers two courses in order to receive training as an integrative health coach. All participants must first start with our Foundation Course which focuses on acquiring the core competencies required of integrative health coaches. Following the Foundation Course, participants have the option to move on to our Certification Course. The Certification Course builds upon the Foundation Course by focusing on the professional application of integrative health coaching core competencies.

You can plan to spend a minimum of one year to complete both the Foundation and Certification Courses.

Learn more about the two courses here:

Foundation Course

Certification Course

CEUs Available: By participating in the Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program you can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

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