Wellness Coaching Scope of Practice Form
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
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.
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
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.
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