Wellness Coaching Scope of Practice Form

Definition of a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach:

Health & wellness coaches partner with clients looking to enhance their well-being through self-directed lasting changes, aligned with their values. In the course of their work, health & wellness coaches display unconditional positive regard for their clients and a belief in their ability to change, honoring the fact that each client is an expert on their own life while ensuring that all interactions are respectful and non-judgmental.

Health coaches work in different settings. Some work on healthcare teams alongside physicians and other allied health professionals as part of an integrative approach to client care. Other coaches work in digital health, community-based programs, or entrepreneurial capacities.

Health & wellness coaches train in behavior change theories, motivational strategies, and health education and promotion theories. They use these to support the client in creating and sustaining change for improved health and well-being.

What is a health coach and how can they help?

Health & wellness coaches support clients in activating internal strengths and external resources to make sustainable and healthy lifestyle behavior changes. Health coaches use a client-centered approach wherein clients decide their goals, engage in self-discovery or active learning processes, and self-monitor behaviors to increase accountability, all within the context of an interpersonal relationship with a health coach.

Whatever goal the client sets, the health coach ensures that they are supported until the desired outcome is achieved. Board-certified coaches display an unconditional positive regard for their clients and have trained to the highest standards in the profession which means that they have the skills and knowledge to walk alongside you on your path to your healthiest self.

What is the Role of A Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach?

The role of a FMCHC is dependent on their experience, academic degree, professional licensing, comfort level, and whether or not as a medical doctor is providing additional guidance to the client and coach.

A Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC) Partners with individuals and groups in a client- centered process to support their health and wellness. FMCA graduates are trained to work closely with clients around the lifestyle factors that influence health (sleep and relaxation, exercise and movement, nutrition, stress, and relationships). FMCHCs are experts in behavior change and employ effective, evidence-based techniques such as motivation interviewing and appreciative inquiry. Health coaches possess the skill required to create connection, trust, and rapport. This leads to improved communication with the treating practitioner, a better understanding of the therapeutic plan, and a deeper commitment to following treatment recommendations.

A successful coaching process empowers clients to draw on internal strengths, develop self-knowledge, and embrace self-management strategies in order to make the often-challenging lifestyle changes necessary for optimal health.

An FMCHC has a solid understanding of the foundations of Functional Medicine. They are fully trained to utilize many of the IFM resources, such as the Timeline, Matrix, and Food Plans. This background allows them to understand and the addition of their coaching skills, support the client to implement Functional Medicine treatment plans into their lifestyle. A health coach moves beyond the diagnosisprescription model to c-create and execute a plan with the client that inspires them to a path of better health. Additionally under the delegation of their treating practitioner, a FMCHC may be able to provide further assistance related to labs and supplements. A FMCHC does not assess, prescribe, diagnose, treat, or interpret results.

National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches DOs:
  • Let clients define their idea of “optimal” wellness as it applies to their life and support clients in defining a clear vision of where they want to go
  • Help clients identify the changes they need to make in lifestyle habits
  • Help clients build confidence in their ability to make the desired changes
  • Encourage clients to set their own goals that are specific and achievable
  • Help clients come up with strategies to overcome obstacles that might get in the way of their desired change
  • Inspire by truly believing in their client’s ability to change and imparting this belief
  • Encourage the client to take responsibility and make choices that they have come up with
  • Ask more questions than provides answers
  • Refer clients to appropriately trained health professionals for specific advice or consultation
  • Guide, advocate for, and support your client
National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches DO NOT do:
  • Suggest what the client should be doing such as prescribing meal plans or dietary modifications
  • Tell their client what steps are necessary
  • Encourage the client to adopt the coaches own nutritional philosophy, exercise program or other behavioral routine that they may be passionate about and has worked for them
  • Take on the responsibility for the client’s results and disempower them in any way
  • Judge a client by their own standards and beliefs
  • Coerce or control the client in any way
  • Use their own experience to influence the client to adopt any particular regime
  • Educate the client in an area that they are not suitably qualified to speak on
  • Modify or alter IFM Food plans, resources, etc.
  • Diagnose or treat symptoms or medical conditions
  • Prescribe, interpret, or recommend food plans, supplements, lab tests, or exercise programs

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