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IHCPTT Certification

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Certification Course

Take your coaching to the next level!  Continue your training with one of the nation’s finest health care institutions and a world-wide leader in Integrative Medicine.  Mastery in the field of Integrative Health Coaching comes with practice, skill development, and mentoring.  The Certification Course is designed to deepen your understanding of the core competences and to allow you to achieve a more advanced level of proficiency in the field.

About the Curriculum

The Certification Course is a secondary level of training open to those who have completed our Foundation Course.  The course is an instructor-led distance-learning course that allows participants to deepen their coaching proficiency through skills practice, mentor feedback, online learning modules, and video demonstrations.  Course completion includes a written and oral examination to demonstrate mastery of Integrative Health Coaching skills, processes, and partnership.

Additional benefits of completing the Certification Course include:

  • Professional recognition as a certified Integrative Health Coach.
  • The invitation to add your professional contact information to the Duke Integrative Medicine website – a resource for potential clients.
  • Access to an expanding professional network of peers in this field.

At the conclusion of the Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Certification Course, learners will meet the following learning objectives:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of the 9 stages of the Integrative Health Coaching Process Model.
  • Select appropriate strategies to support clients in making desired health behavior changes to support their optimal health.
  • Identify the structure of an Integrative Health Coaching session as well as a series of sessions.
  • Explore the impact of mindfulness practice on the Integrative Health Coaching relationship, specifically when encountering challenging coaching interactions.
  • Apply Integrative Health Coaching skills, processes, and partnership through practice sessions with your classmates and instructors.
  • Enhance professional skills through mentor feedback on both live and recorded coaching sessions.

Course Design

On most weeks of the course, students will attend interactive distance-learning sessions including both instructor-led small group and individual sessions with a mentor.  Students will complete robust, self-paced online learning modules including Web Based Training and Demonstration Videos.  Required course components include:

  • 8 Group Sessions:  Small group, instructor-led, distance-learning sessions with coaching practice and feedback from instructors and fellow participants
  • 3 Mentor Sessions:  Individual sessions for personalized feedback on recorded professional coaching sessions
  • 5 Web Based Trainings (WBTs):  Online, self-paced modules which guide learners through the course content
  • 8 Demonstration Videos:  Illustrations of the use of Integrative Health Coaching skills, processes, and partnership
  • Healthy Living Curriculum:  Designed to provide coaches with a well-rounded review of healthy living to enhance their knowledge base for coaching.
  • Documentation of 50 professional coaching sessions (each session must be at least 20 minutes in duration)
  • Successful completion of both an oral and a written examination

Those who complete all requirements for the Certification Course earn a Certificate of Completion and certification as an Integrative Health Coach by Duke Integrative Medicine.

System Requirements

The minimum system requirements for participation are as follows:

  • Internet access
  • Desktop or laptop computer with headset or internal speaker and microphone in order to participate in the Group Sessions and Mentor Sessions using WebEx online meeting center
  • Audio recording device for recording coaching sessions to review during individual mentor sessions

When working with your own clients during the Certification Course, it is recommended (although not required) that you obtain your own professional insurance.  Upon completion of the Certification Course, graduates will be required to provide proof of insurance if they choose to have their professional contact information included on the Duke Integrative Medicine website.

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Registration is now closed.

Early Registration Deadline: January 20, 2017

Last Day to Register: January 27, 2017


  • Online orientation begins: February 6, 2017
  • Weekly online course components: February 13 – June 11, 2017
  • Online written examination and course completion: May 29 – June 11, 2017
  • Oral examinations begin: July 2017

Continuing Education Credits Available

Duke Integrative Medicine: Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Program – Certification Course (February 6 – June 18, 2017)

Sponsored by Duke Integrative Medicine

Provided by Duke University Health System Clinical Education & Professional Development



Joint Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, Duke University Health System Clinical Education & Professional Development is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Education Credits
: Duke University Health System Clinical Education & Professional Development designates this live activity for 46.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Partial credit is not awarded.

Nursing: Duke University Health System Clinical Education & Professional Development designates this live activity for 46.0 credit hours for nurses. Partial credit is not awarded.

Pharmacists: This activity is assigned Universal Activity (UAN) # for Pharmacists: 0851-0000-16-102-B04-P, and is accredited for 46.0 hours.  Partial credit is not awarded.

Note:  All target audience members are eligible to receive Joint Accreditation (JA) continuing education credits for this activity. No attendance certificates are issued for this course. Should you have any questions regarding acceptance of JA continuing education credits by credentialing bodies, boards, or professional organizations or associations must be submitted directly to those entities.






Resolution of Conflict of Interest
Duke University Health System Clinical Education and Professional Development has implemented a process to resolve any potential conflicts of interest for each continuing education activity in order to help ensure content objectivity, independence, fair balance, and the content that is aligned with the interest of the public.

It is the policy of Duke University Health System Clinical Education and Professional Development to require the disclosure of anyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity.  All relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests and/or manufacturers must be disclosed to participants at the beginning of each activity.

Summary of Faculty/Speaker Disclosure and Planning Committee Disclosure

The following speakers and/or planning committee members have indicated they have no relationship(s) with industry to disclose relative to the content of this CE activity:

  • Linda Smith, PA, MS (Duke Integrative Medicine, Durham, NC)
  • Adam Perlman, MD, MPH (Duke Integrative Medicine, Durham, NC)
  • Elizabeth Bechard, BA (Duke Integrative Medicine, Durham, NC)
  • Rachel Kuliani, MPH (Duke Integrative Medicine, Durham, NC)

The following speakers and/or planning committee members have indicated that they have relationship(s) with industry to disclose

  • Cynthia Knapp Dlugosz, BSPharm, ACC, has indicated employment with CKD Associates, LLC, in Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Aili Kuutan, BASc, has indicated employment as an integrative health coach, in Toronto, Canada.
  • Deborah Lee, PhD, RN, has indicated employment with Better Choices Health Coaching, LLC, in Murfreesboro, TN.
  • Katherine Mackintosh, BS, MEd, has indicated employment with Clear Path Health Coaching, LLC, in Raleigh, NC.
  • Kim Brame McGimsey, BA, has indicated employment with Breakthrough Health Coaching, LLC, in Raleigh, NC.
  • Andrea Shaw, PhD, MCC, has indicated employment with Transforming Challenge into Opportunity, PLLC, in Chapel Hill.
  • Jim Tillman, DMin, MDiv, has indicated employment with Open Water Coaching and Consulting, in Cape Carteret, NC.
  • Susan Whitman, PA, has indicated employment with Trail to Wellness, LLC, in Richmond, VT.


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The International Coach Federation (ICF) has approved this program for Coach Education (CCE) hours: 31.269 CCEs in Core Competencies and 14.696 CCEs in Resource Development.



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