Our mission is to deliver high-quality, experiential training that best supports the development of professional health & well-being coaches to partner with clients effectively and skillfully for successful, sustainable health behavior change.
In order to best meet this mission and to support our alignment with the professionalization of health coaching via the National Board Certification, we have decided to:
We believe these changes will allow our graduates to be eligible for the board exam and provide practice of both foundational and advanced skills and concepts.
This course is not the same, but the curriculum includes content from both the Foundation and Certification training programs previously offered, plus additional deeper dives into content, mentoring sessions, and current research. As you may know, the National Board now requires completion of content from both the previous Foundation and Certification courses to sit for the exam. The DHWCT prepares the learner for a career as a health coach while also qualifying as the required training by the National Board for credentialing.
Currently, our plans are to offer the stand-alone Certification Course for graduates of the Foundation Course.
As a graduate of the Duke Integrative Health Coach Professional Training, you may continue to use Integrative Health Coach or Health Coach in your title. If you would like to use Duke Health & Well-Being, we have included some options below.
As a reminder, although you may use the Duke name when discussing your training, please do not use the Duke name in a way that implies you are employed, supported, endorsed, or sponsored by Duke.
Below are some examples of correct and incorrect references depending on your current certification
For Foundation Course graduates:
YES – This is OK:
NO – This is not OK:
For those who have also completed the IHCPT Certification course, you may further distinguish yourself by adding “Certified” to your title. Here are some examples of that.
This is OK for Certified Coaches:
If a participant represents that they are currently affiliated with Duke in any way, Duke Health & Well-Being can revoke that title at their sole discretion.
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