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Foundation Course FAQs

Foundation Course

Why choose Duke IM’s training program?

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. Participants report the greatest assets of our training are our well-designed coaching competencies, utilization of a coaching framework based on the neuroscience of change and theories of change models, the integration of mindful awareness, the emphasis on experiential practice to support translation to professional practice, as well as the emphasis on creating a diverse and unique learning community of colleagues

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What are our graduates doing?

Our graduates hail from a variety of backgrounds and are diverse in their professional application of Integrative Health Coaching. Some graduates work within healthcare clinics using their Integrative Health Coaching skills with their current clients, while other work to affect the policies and practices of their healthcare system. Other graduates work within corporate wellness programs or insurance companies to provide coaching services to individuals and groups covered by their organization. Others develop a private integrative health coach practice and provide services such as individual and group coaching, health workshops, and retreats.

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Who typically attends your course?

This IHCPT Program is designed for medical and allied health providers and other professionals seeking to partner with their clients to improve their health behaviors and outcomes.

IHCPT program participants represent diverse educational and professional backgrounds. Many represent licensed medical and allied health fields such as medicine, nursing, physical therapy, health education, social work, exercise physiology, psychotherapy, or nutrition. Others represent a wide range of professional fields such as public health, massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga therapy, personal training, ministry, education, business entrepreneurs, healthcare marketing and consultants, and other fields.

Participation in the IHCPT Foundation Course is limited to accepted applicants.

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What are the requirements for application and how long does it take to receive my application decision?

Applicants must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, which may be in any field of study. Exceptions may be considered for those with 3-5 years of professional experience in a medical or allied health field.

Please allow approximately 2 weeks for your application to be reviewed. You will be notified of the acceptance decision via email, at the email address you provided on your application.

Accepted applicants will receive instructions on how to register. Registration is limited to 40 participants per course. Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and require payment in full. We will offer a waitlist for courses that fill to maximum capacity prior to the registration deadline.

Acceptance into the program without registration and payment does not reserve your place in the course.

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What course content will be covered?

The IHCPT Foundation Course includes two instructor-led in-person training modules as well as telephonic skills practice and online learning components (Web-Based Trainings and Video Demonstrations) to enhance the course curriculum. The Foundation Course provides extensive training in the core competencies required of Integrative Health Coaches. During this course, participants will:

  • Explore the role of Integrative Health Coaching in the transformation of healthcare.
  • Review research on the efficacy of Integrative Health Coaching.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Patient Centered Care, the Wheel of Health (WOH) and Personalized Health Planning as they relate to Integrative Health Coaching.
  • Understand the change process through the review of key concepts of the neuroscience of change and existing behavior change models and theories.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of The Essential Elements of Integrative Health Coaching: Skills, Process, Partnership and Mindful Awareness.
    • Effectively utilize coaching skills such as other-focused listening, reflections, inquiry and summary to assist clients in articulating their desired behavior changes, health vision and goals.
    • Effectively utilize the Duke IM Integrative Health Coaching Process Model as a framework to assist clients in taking action toward sustainable health behaviors by establishing their optimal health vision and values, assessing inconsistencies with their current health behaviors, exploring their readiness to make behavior changes, establishing a focus with goals and action steps, and preparing for and assessing action over time.
    • Explore the components of an effective partnership between client and coach.
    • Explore mindful awareness and its role in enhancing the application of coaching skills, process and partnership.
  • Explore the global structure of a coaching series that occurs over time, as well as the structure and objectives of each session within a coaching series.
  • Understand the advantages and challenges of group coaching and the integration of coaching elements with group facilitation skills.
  • Understand ethical considerations for the coaching profession.
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What are the hours of the in-person training modules?

The first day of the first in-person module of the IHCPT Foundation Course begins with check-in and welcome at 8:30 AM and ends at 5:00 PM. The remaining training days are from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM with the exception of the last day of each module when we will conclude by 3:30 PM to allow for travel time. Please plan your travel accordingly. We ask that you arrive promptly as we will begin and end the training on time each day.

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I am traveling to Duke IM from out of the area. What airport is closest? Do I need to rent a car? What are my options for lodging?

The closest airport is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). The airport is approximately 18 miles from our location. Course participants often forgo rental cars in lieu of the shuttle service that may be provided by their lodging choice. However, others find that a rental car provides more freedom to venture around the Durham/Raleigh/Chapel Hill area restaurants, shops and entertainment venues outside of the training hours.

Visit the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website for a searchable database of lodging in and around the Durham area, as well as an overview of all the city has to offer.

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Do you have an attendance policy? What if I cannot attend one of in-person training modules, or I have a conflict with a specific training date?

Yes, there is an attendance policy. The IHCPT Foundation Course modules are designed to be sequential and full attendance is required. For this reason, you should register for a course in which you can attend all module training dates.

In order to receive a certificate of completion and earn continuing education credits, you are required to fully attend each day of the in-person training modules. You must also complete all of the telephonic practice sessions and online components of the training (Orientation, Web-Based Trainings, Demonstration Videos, Course Assessment, Course Evaluation, and Attestation).

Duke Integrative Medicine reserves the right not to award a certificate of completion and continuing education credits if you do not complete all components of the training.

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Are there any text books or other materials required for this course?

During your participation in the first in-person training module you will be provided with printed course materials as well as online resources which you can download. There are no additional required textbooks.

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What are the minimum hardware/software requirements to complete the telephonic practices and access the online training components?

In order to complete the required telephonic practice sessions you will need access to a reliable phone line that can dial long distance phone numbers.

To access and complete the online training modules the minimum system requirements are as follows:

Internet Connection

  • 0.5 Mbps (recommended 1+ Mbps), wired connection or Wi-Fi connection

General Software

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

Windows Operating Systems

  • 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel® AtomTM 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP (32 bit), Windows Server 2008 (32 bit), Windows Vista® (32 bit), Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit), Windows 8 (32 bit and 64 bit), or Windows Server 2012 (64 bit)
  • Internet Explorer 8.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 17 or later, Google Chrome, or Opera 11
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB of RAM recommended for netbooks); 128MB of graphics memory

Mac OS

  • Intel CoreTM Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
  • Mac OS X v10.6, v10.7, v10.8, or v10.9
  • Safari 5.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 17, Google Chrome, or Opera 11
  • 512MB of RAM; 128MB of graphics memory

Chrome OS

  • If you are using a Google device such as a Chromebook the device will display the course PDF documents with its internal software. Adobe Acrobat need not be installed on the system.

Before beginning, please make sure you have done the following.

  • Enabled JavaScript
  • Disabled Pop-up Blocker
  • Depending on your organization’s security settings you may need to make the learning center URL a Trusted Site

Tablets and Smartphones

  • Using iOS or Android operating systems are supported
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Is there homework?

Evening homework is assigned during the in-person training modules. These assignments are designed to enhance the in-person instruction and include readings in your course manual as well as reflective writing exercises. You can expect to spend approximately 1 hour per evening on the homework assignments.

Between the in-person training modules you will complete several course requirements including self-paced Web-Based Trainings, viewing Video Demonstrations, and telephonic skills practice sessions. You can expect to spend approximately 3 hours per week on these between module requirements.

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Is there an examination?

Yes, there is a written examination. In order to complete the course, receive a certificate of completion and earn continuing education credits you must pass the examination with 80% of the answers correct. You may take the examination as many times as needed during the examination period in order to pass.

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Are continuing education credits available?

Yes. Please refer to the Apply and Register for Foundation Course webpage for details about available continuing education credits.

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What kind of official documentation will I receive at the completion of the training?

After completing the course you will receive several downloadable electronic certificates showing Joint Accreditation continuing education credits, ICF Continuing Coach Education credits, and a Duke Integrative Medicine Certificate of Completion.

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What is the cost of the course?

The course registration fee is $5497.00

Those that register by the noted early registration deadline qualify for a 10% discount.

Duke Affiliates qualify for a 15% discount at the time of their registration. This discount is not eligible to be combined with the early registration discount. Duke Affiliates are defined as Duke Employees, Duke Registered Volunteers, and Duke Students.

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What is the course refund policy?

For programs with a designated start date, transfers are not allowed. Cancellations may be requested using the cancellation request form. If you make this request at least 7 days prior to the start of the program you will receive a refund of your payment minus an administration fee equal to 10% of the registration fee. If you request a cancellation fewer than 7 days before the program start date or do not arrive on your scheduled start date you will forfeit your payment.

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What does the registration fee cover?

The registration fee covers printed course materials, access to the online course content, and two instructor-led in-person training modules, as well as the cost of continuing education credits. Beverage service and lunch are included during the in-person training modules.

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Is financial assistance available?

Duke Integrative Medicine has limited funds available for partial financial assistance for IHCPT: Foundation Course and Mindfulness Training for Professionals. The funds may cover up to 10% of the registration fee. To be considered, please submit your financial assistance application prior to the early registration deadline for your desired course. Please click here to submit a financial assistance application.

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