Integrative Health Coaching



"It was beautiful to see how the coaching process unfolded and created positive change in a patient . . ." Amy Smith, FNP, Class of 2017

Delivered once a year, the IH Coaching certification program compliments the Integrative Health education completed by Integrative Health & Lifestyle program graduates, Fellowship graduates, and other integratively trained healthcare provdiers. UACIM Integrative Health Coaches support their patients and clients in making healthy lifestyle and behavior changes for sustainable wellbeing.

The UACIM IH Coaching Program is approved by the National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches.

Eligibility

The UACIM elite Integrative Health Coaching certification program is now open to:

  • Graduates of the Center's IHeLp or Fellowship programs
  • Any ABOIM board-certified physician
  • Graduates of IMR or Pediatric IMR at our more than 70 partner IM Residency sites
  • Anyone who has a Master's degree in Integrative Health and Medicine or related field

UACIM recognizes the growing quality of IM/IH educational offerings around the world, and we are excited to offer the unique skills to be certified as an Integrative Health Coach.

Full eligibility details.

Sneak Peek

Get a sneak peek into an abbreviated version of the first course, Intro to Integrative Health Coaching.

Apply to the Program

We are now accepting applications for IH Coaching 2019. Program starts online November 5, 2018 and ends June 23, 2019.

Live Training Events in Tucson:
Training 1: January 30 - February 2, 2019
Training 2: May 16 - 18, 2019


UACIM Integrative Health Coaching

UACIM defines Integrative Health Coaching (IHC) as a client-centered, relational approach to working with individuals collaboratively to address the health and wellbeing of the whole person. It acknowledges the interdependent roles of mind, body and spirit, and the innate healing capacity within each person, with an emphasis on self-care. An integrative health coach forms a partnership with individuals or groups to empower and support them in achieving their personal goals related to optimal health and wellness.

UACIM Principles of IH Coaching

  • Be fully present with each coaching partner
  • Recognize the innate wisdom and healing potential within each individual
  • Meet each individual where they are on their journey, without judgment
  • Enter each encounter as a facilitator, not as the expert
  • Emphasize self-care and self-empowerment with each coaching

Goals of the IH Coaching Certification Program

  • Learn to approach clients/patients as partners in health.
  • Become proficient in motivational interviewing and goal-setting/attainment skills to empower clients/patients to be more successful in achieving sustainable and transformational lifestyle changes.
  • Attain a level of knowledge and understanding of applied coaching theory requisite to work independently or in a team environment as a health coach.
  • Demonstrate the required level of coaching skill and proficiency both in a classroom environment as well as with actual clients/patients.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the knowledge acquired in the IHeLP course to working with clients/patients in a health coaching capacity
  • Gain a broad understanding of the range of beneficial health approaches available to patients, including CAM, life-style, and mind-body.
  • Develop strong patient interviewing skills to support a whole-person approach.
  • Be able to work effectively with and clearly communicate with integrative medicine clinicians regarding client/patients health.

Program Structure

University of Arizona's Center for Integrative Medicine (UACIM) Integrative Health Coaching certification program is a blend of online coursework, video-conference-based mentor-supervised group and individual practice, documented practice-client hours, face-to-face training sessions, and rigorous assessments to ensure both skill and knowledge attainment.

A 6-month training program blending online learning, face-to-face workshops, and live video practicums dedicated to successful skill-attainment. Expect to devote 6-8 hours per week to complete the work.

  • Online curriculum
  • Supervised small group practices via video call technology
  • Two live training events in Tucson, Arizona at the Westward Look Resort
  • Self-care experiential throughout the six-month program
  • Experienced mentor supervisors who support your learning, provide valuable feedback and guidance.

Program Completion & UACIM Certification

Program Completion Requirements

  • Successfully complete all online requirements
  • Attendance of both training retreats

Certification Requirements

In addition to successful IH Coaching program completion, certification is based on proven skill attainment and practice. The following evaluation measures are used:

  • Passing score on 5th supervised 1:1 IH Coaching session
  • Approved Graduation Portfolio
  • Passing score on coaching evaluation (at second live training session)
  • Proficiency score on MITI (What is MITI)
  • Passing score on online Final knowledge Exam
  • Documented* Hours: 100 IH coaching sessions

*A minimum of 10 practice clients with agreement forms signed. Documented hours of practice may be done up to 6 months after completion of the online program.


Eligibility

The UACIM elite Integrative Health Coaching certification program is open to:

  • Graduates of the Center's IHeLp or Fellowship programs
  • Any ABOIM board-certified physician
  • Graduates of IMR or Pediatric IMR at our more than 70 partner IM Residency sites
  • Anyone who has a Master's degree in Integrative Health and Medicine or related field

UACIM recognizes the growing quality of IM/IH educational offerings around the world, and we are excited to offer the unique skills to be certified as an Integrative Health Coach.

If you don't fit our current eligibility requirements, but are interested in being an integrative health coach, please consider sending us an exception request.


Development of this program is made possible, in part, thanks to generous contributions from the Blythe Brenden-Mann Foundation.


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