Health Coaching Certificate Curriculum Plan

The Vanderbilt Certificate Program requires a significant amount of time, course work, and skills practice. The program is divided into two phases. The first phase includes instructional modules, two 3-day in-person intensives, and weekly triad group teleconferences to practice the coaching skills. During the first phase, each trainee will also complete a personal change project. While a large portion of the project will be accomplished during the weekly triad meetings, participants should plan to devote additional time to the personal change project. Six of the weeks during the first phase will have Group Skills Calls rather than triad calls. Participants are required to participate in 1 of the 2 call times offered on each of these six weeks. 

In the second phase of training, referred to as practicum. Each participant must complete at least 70 documented practicum coaching sessions and pass a practical skills exam for full completion of the certificate program. While participants are allowed a year from the end of the first phase of the program to complete the practicum coaching and pass the practical exam, most students complete the practicum in less time. This course does not offer placement for the practicum; instead we encourage trainees to identify individuals who are willing to be coached. During the first 4-6 months of practicum; participants are required to actively participate in at least five mentorship sessions and provide at least two recordings of their coaching for faculty feedback. More information regarding the practicum coaching will be available once the course starts.  Any specific questions can be addressed to healthcoaching@vanderbilt.edu or you can speak with our program coordinator, Lindsay Dickson, at 615-343-8994.     

Cohort 5 Curriculum Plan

Week Date Module
Week 1 8/28/2017 Module 1: Overview of Health Coaching
Week 2 9/4/2017 Module 2: Patient Centered Care: The Relationship
Week 3 9/11/2017 Module 3: Foundational Health Coaching Skills: Active Listening, Reflecting, and Summarizing
    Group Skills Call #1: Active Listening, Reflecting, and Summarizing
Week 4 9/18/2017 Module 4: Foundational Health Coaching Skills: Open-Ended Questions, Acknowledging and more
    Group Skills Call #2:Open-Ended Questions, Acknowledging and more
Week 5 9/25/2017 Module 5: Overview of the Health Coaching Process
Week 6 10/2/2017 In Person Preparation
  10/6/2017 In-Person: Day 1
  10/7/2017 In-Person: Day 2
  10/8/2017 In-Person: Day 3
Week 7 10/9/2017 BREAK
Week 8 10/16/2017 Module 6: Health Coaching Application: Individual Health Coaching Sessions: Introductory Session
    Triad #1: Introductory Session (1 triad member)
Week 9 10/23/2017 Module 7: Health Coaching Application: Individual Health Coaching Sessions: Session #2
    Triad #2: Second Coaching Session (all triad members)
Week 10 10/30/2017 Module 8: Health Coaching Application: Individual Health Coaching Sessions: Follow-up Sessions #3 and beyond
    Group Skills Call #3: Foundational Health Coaching Skills review
    (Self Evaluation of Triad #2- due 12/4/17)
Week 11 11/6/2017 Module 9: Behavior Change Theory
    Triad #3: Follow up Coaching Session (All triad members)
Week 12 11/13/2017 Module 10: Advanced Coaching Skills: Successful Coaching in the Clinical Setting: Precontemplation and Contemplation
    (Self Evaluation of Triad #3- due 12/18/17)
Week 13 11/20/2017 BREAK
Week 14 11/27/2017 Module 11: Positive Psychology: Gratitude
    Triad #4: Follow up coaching session with focus on Stages of Change (All triad members)
Week 15 12/4/2017

Module 12: Behavior Change: Introduction to Neuroplasticity

    Group Skills Call #4: Precontemplation and Contemplation
Week 16 12/11/2017 Module 13: Behavior Change: Motivational Interviewing
    Triad #5: Follow up coaching session (All triad members)
    (Self Evaluation of Triad #4 and #5- due 1/15/18)
Week 17 12/18/2017 Module 14: Advanced Coaching Skills: Shifting Perspective, Metaphor, and Powerful Questions
    Triad #6: Follow up coaching session: Focus on listening for and working with change talk (All triad members)
Week 18 12/25/2017 BREAK
Week 19 1/1/2018 BREAK
Week 20 1/8/2018

Module 15:  Positive Psychology: Strengths

    Group Skills Call #5: Advanced Coaching Skills: Shifting Perspective, Metaphor, and Powerful Questions
Week 21 1/15/2018 Module 16: Cultural and Structural Competence in Health Coaching
    Triad# 7: Follow up coaching session: Focus on strengths and values (All triad members)
Week 22 1/22/2018 Module 17: Advanced Coaching Skills: Brainstorming, Bottom-lining, Interrupt/redirect, and Naming
    (Self Evaluation of Triad #6 and #7- due 2/26/18)
Week 23 1/29/2018 BREAK
Week 24 2/5/2018 Module 18: Health Coaching and Literacy
    Triad# 8: Follow up coaching session (All triad members)
Week 25 2/12/2018 Module 19: Self-Care
    Group Skills Call #6: Advanced Coaching Skills:Brainstorming, Bottom-lining, Interrupt/Redirect, and Naming
Week 26 2/19/2018 BREAK
Week 27 2/26/2018 Module 20: Health Coaching for Nutrition
    Triad #9: Follow up coaching session (All triad members)
Week 28 3/5/2018 Module 21: Health Coaching for Physical Activity
    (Self Evaluation of Triad #8 and #9- due 4/9/18)
Week 29 3/12/2018 BREAK
Week 30 3/19/2018 Preparing for In-Person Session #2
    Catch-up on Personal Change Projects
  3/23/2018 In Person #2: Day 1
  3/24/2018 In Person #2: Day 2
  3/25/2018 In Person #2: Day 3
Week 31 3/26/2018 Break
Week 32 4/2/2018 Module 22: Regulation, Scope of Practice, Referrals, & Ethics
    Triad #10
Week 33 4/9/2018 Module 23: Advanced Coaching Skills: Energetic Intentions and Associated Tools
    Triad #11: Closing  Session (1-2 triad members)
Week 34 4/16/2018 Module 24: Research
    Triad #12: Closing Session (1-2 triad members)
Week 35 4/23/2018 Course Exam
Week 36 4/30/2018 Course completion by 4/30/18 at 11:59PM (Modules, assignments, exam, projects, etc.)

In order to keep the course up to date and provide the best possible learning experience, topics and dates are subject to change.  Appropriate notification will be given in the event a change occurs.

*Course faculty TBA

The target audience for this CME activity are Individuals with a health care license (psychologists, physicians, nurses, etc).

After participating in this CME activity, participants should be able to describe and discuss:

  • Techniques for identifying a patient’s readiness for change based on the stages of change model
  • Approaches for using the eight key health coaching skills in the clinical encounter
  • Strategies for incorporating health coaching into a busy clinical practice

This activity is listed as an introductory instructional level. 

Sponsored by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt, and the Vanderbilt School of Nursing.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 47.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for 47.0 CE credits toward the continuing education of psychologists .No partial credit may be awarded.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Approval valid through August 31, 2018.

Participants who successfully complete the entire activity will earn 85.5 contact hours.

No partial credit may be awarded.

All course directors, planners, and speakers indicated no financial relationships to disclose.

This educational activity received no commercial support.

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