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.     

The next Cohort will start February 26, 2018, with the in-person sessions scheduled for April 20-22, 2018 and September 14-16, 2018.

Proposed Curriculum Plan

Week Module
Week 1 Module 1: Overview of Health Coaching
Week 2 Module 2: Patient Centered Care: The Relationship
Week 3 Module 3: Foundational Health Coaching Skills: Active Listening, Reflecting, and Summarizing
Week 4 Module 4: Foundational Health Coaching Skills: Open-Ended Questions, Acknowledging and more
  Group Skills Call #1: Active Listening, Reflecting, and Summarizing
Week 5 Module 5: Motivation
  Group Skills Call #2:Open-Ended Questions, Acknowledging and more
Week 6 Module 6: Overview of the Health Coaching Process
Week 7 Module 7: Health Coaching Application: Individual Health Coaching Sessions: Introductory Session
Week 8 In Person Preparation
  In-Person: Day 1 Friday
  In-Person: Day 2 Saturday
  In-Person: Day 3 Sunday
Week 9 BREAK
  Triad #1: Introductory Session (1 triad member)
Week 10 Module 8: Health Coaching Application: Individual Health Coaching Sessions: Session #2
  Triad #2: Second Coaching Session (all triad members)
Week 11 Module 9: Health Coaching Application: Individual Health Coaching Sessions: Follow-up Sessions #3 and beyond
  Group Skills Call #3: Foundational Health Coaching Skills review
Week 12

Module 10: Behavior Change Theory

  Triad #3: Follow up Coaching Session (All triad members)
Week 13 Module 11: Advanced Coaching Skills: Successful Coaching in the Clinical Setting: Precontemplation and Contemplation
Week 14 BREAK
Week 15 Module 12: Positive Psychology: Gratitude
  Triad #4: Follow up coaching session with focus on Stages of Change (All triad members)
Week 16

Module 13: Behavior Change: Introduction to Neuroplasticity

  Group Skills Call #4: Precontemplation and Contemplation
Week 17 Module 14: Behavior Change: Motivational Interviewing
  Triad #5: Follow up coaching session (All triad members)
Week 18 Module 15: 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 19 BREAK
Week 20

Module 16:  Positive Psychology: Strengths

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