Curriculum

Requirements

Following the completion of these 8 credits, students with a minimum of 60 University credits total are eligible to sit the NBHWC National Certification Exam:

HLTH 187 Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching Immersion Introduction – 1 credit, in-person

Introduces the practice of Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching with focus on experiential learning of integrative therapies for self-care as emerging healthcare providers and their future clients.

HLTH 188* Motivational Interviewing Introduction & Lab – 1 credit

Teaches the theoretical framework, strategies and techniques of basic motivational interviewing. Examines evidence-based practice as it relates to the Stages of Behavioral Change and skillful conversation, including the use of open ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries.

HLTH 189* Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching Skills Introduction & Lab – 2 credits

Interactive course where students apply basic motivational interviewing skills and behavioral change theory to the practice of Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching. Covers the coaching structure, application of skills, and health promotion.

HLTH 287 Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching Immersion Advanced – 1 credit, in-person

Interactive comprehensive evaluation course for Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching for students to refine and demonstrate the Health and Wellness Coaching session. The class is interspersed with Integrative therapies that support healthy behavioral change and compassionate self-awareness.

HLTH 288* Motivational Interviewing Advanced & Lab – 1 credit

Students learn the theoretical framework, strategies and techniques of advanced motivational interviewing, positive psychology and behavioral change. This course examines evidence-based practice as it relates to skillful conversation, clinical interventions and strategies to actively engage complex clients in health-related behavior change.

HLTH 289* Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching Skills Advanced & Lab – 2 credits

Interactive course where students learn to apply advanced motivational interviewing skills to the practice of Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching. Advanced coaching skills/structure with complex patients/situations and professional conduct will be covered.

*HLTH 188, 189, 288, 289 have synchronous lab components to the class. Students can choose the location of this lab. Options include UVM or Zoom classroom.

Electives

7+ credits from the following:
  • CSD 299 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Issues in Assessment and Intervention – 3 credits, Spring, on-campus
  • HLTH 299 Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching: Building your Coaching Career – 2 credits, Fall, on-campus
  • COMU 122 Family Wellness Coaching – 3 credits, Spring, on-campus
  • CESS 295/HLTH 295 Working with People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (tentative start Spring 2021) – 3 credits, Spring 2021
  • HLTH 297 Integrative Health Independent Study – Variable credit
  • HLTH 291 Integrative Health Teaching Assistantship – Variable credit

Other elective courses are actively being developed at this time. Please check with Karen Westervelt for updates when you are ready to pick your special practice area.

View the UVM Course Directory for descriptions and availability.

We offer Fall and Spring cohorts:

This is a cohort based curriculum and students are expected to stay with their cohort for the first year unless extenuating circumstances arise.

Required schedule:

First Semester: HLTH 187, HLTH 188 and HLTH 189
Second Semester: HLTH 287, HTLH 288 and HLTH 289

Recommended schedule:

Second Year First Semester: HLTH 299 and elective and register for national exam if desired
Second Year Second Semester: Elective if not yet completed. Sit the national exam in February at testing centers located across the US.