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The Duke Health & Well-Being Training (DHWCT) is uniquely based in many years of clinical experience and research and trains medical and allied health care providers in the core competencies necessary to work as a Health & Well-Being Coach. Participants report the greatest assets of our training are our well-designed coaching competencies, utilization of a coaching framework based on the neuroscience of change and theories of change models, the integration of mindful awareness, the emphasis on experiential practice to support translation to professional practice, as well as the emphasis on creating a diverse and unique learning community of colleagues.

Our graduates hail from a variety of backgrounds and are diverse in their professional application of health & well-being coaching. Some graduates work within healthcare settings using their integrative health coaching skills with their current clients, while others work to affect the policies and practices of their healthcare system. Other graduates work within corporate wellness programs or insurance companies to provide coaching services to individuals and groups covered by their organization. Others develop a private health coaching practice and provide services such as individual and group coaching.

The training is designed for medical and allied health providers and other professionals seeking to partner with their clients to improve their health behaviors and outcomes.

DHWCT participants consist of a diverse mix of educational and professional backgrounds. Many represent licensed medical and allied health fields such as medicine, nursing, physical therapy, health education, social work, exercise physiology, psychotherapy, and nutrition. Professional fields such as public health, massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga therapy, personal training, ministry, education, business entrepreneurs, healthcare marketing and consultants, and other fields are also represented.

Applicants must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, which may be in any field of study. Exceptions may be considered for those with 3 or more years of professional experience in a medical or allied health field.

There is one application for the training regardless of which format you choose— Distance Learning or Hybrid In-Person/Distance Learning. Please allow approximately 2-4 weeks for your application to be reviewed. You will be notified of the acceptance decision via the email address you provided on your application.

Accepted applicants will receive instructions on how to register. Registration is limited to approximately 48 participants per course, depending on format. Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and require payment in full. We will offer a waitlist if registrations reach maximum capacity prior to the registration deadline.

Acceptance of your application alone, without registration and payment, does not reserve your place in the course.

The DHWCT includes instructor-led training with skills practice and online learning components (web-based trainings and video demonstrations) to enhance the course curriculum. It provides extensive training in the core competencies required of Health & Well0Being Coaches. The curriculum will cover the following topics:

  • The role of health & well-being coaching in the transformation of healthcare
  • Research on the efficacy of health & well-being coaching
  • Patient-centered care, the Wheel of Health (WOH), and personalized health planning as they relate to health & well-being coaching
  • The behavior change process, including review of the key concepts of the neuroscience of change and existing behavior change models and theories
  • How to effectively utilize coaching skills such as other-focused listening, reflections, inquiry, and summary to assist clients in articulating their desired behavior changes, health vision, and goals
  • How to effectively utilize the Duke Health & Well-being Coaching Process Model to assist clients in establishing their optimal health vision and values, exploring their readiness to make behavior changes, setting goals and action steps, and assessing progress over time
  • Components of an effective partnership between client and coach
  • Mindful awareness and its role in enhancing the application of coaching skills, process, and partnership
  • The global structure of a coaching series that occurs over time, as well as the structure and objectives of each session within a coaching series
  • Advantages and challenges of group coaching and the integration of coaching elements with group facilitation skills
  • Ethical considerations for the coaching profession

For the Hybrid In-person & Distance Learning format, the first day of the first onsite module begins with check-in at 8:30 AM and ends at 5:30 PM. The remaining training days are from 9:00 AM until 5:30 PM. Please plan your travel accordingly. We ask that you arrive promptly as we will begin and end the training on time each day.

For the distance learning format, you will attend your weekly 3-hour live webinar sessions on the designated day and time of your chosen section.

You will find upcoming dates and schedules on the Apply and Register page of our website.

The closest airport is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). The airport is approximately 18 miles from our location. Course participants often forgo rental cars in lieu of the shuttle service that may be provided by their lodging choice. However, others find that a rental car provides more freedom to venture around the Durham/Raleigh/Chapel Hill area restaurants, shops and entertainment venues outside of the training hours.

Visit the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website for a searchable database of lodging in and around the Durham area, as well as an overview of all the city has to offer.

For the Hybrid In-Person and Distance Learning format, the onsite training modules are sequential and full attendance is required. For this reason, you should register for a course in which you can attend all module dates. In order to receive a Certificate of Completion and earn continuing education credits, you are required to fully attend each day of the onsite training modules. You must also complete all of the telephonic practice sessions and online components of the training (orientation, web-based trainings, demonstration videos, course assessment, course evaluation, and attestation).

For the Distance Learning format, the live webinars are sequential and full attendance is required. For this reason, you should register for a course and section in which you can attend all live webinar sessions. In order to receive a Certificate of Completion and earn continuing education credits, you are required to fully attend each live webinar session. You must also complete all of the online components of the training (orientation, web-based trainings, demonstration videos, course assessment, course evaluation, and attestation).

Duke Health & Well-Being reserves the right not to award a Certificate of Completion and/or continuing education credits if you do not complete all required components of the training.

All required course materials will be provided to you. You are not required to purchase any additional textbooks.

Click here to view the minimum system requirements to access and complete the training components delivered through the online learning management system.

For the Hybrid In-Person and Distance Learning format, evening homework is assigned during the onsite training days. These assignments are designed to enhance the in-person instruction and include readings in your course manual as well as reflective writing exercises. You can expect to spend approximately 1 hour per evening on the homework assignments.

Between the onsite training modules you will complete several other course requirements including self-paced web-based trainings, viewing video demonstrations, and telephonic skills practice sessions. You can expect to spend approximately 3 hours per week on these between module requirements.

For the Distance Learning format, pre-work and homework are assigned to enhance and support the live webinar sessions. These assignments may include reading in your course manual, reflective writing exercises, self-paced web-based trainings, and viewing video demonstrations. You can expect to spend approximately 2 hours per week on these assignments. This estimate is in addition to attending the weekly 3-hour live webinar sessions.

Yes, there are knowledge checks throughout the course. In order to complete the course, receive a certificate of completion and earn continuing education credits you must pass all the knowledge checks with 80% of the answers correct. You may take the knowledge checks as many times as needed during the examination period in order to pass.

Please visit the About the DHWCT Training course or About the Certification course page for details about available continuing education credits.

After completion of each course, you will receive several downloadable electronic certificates including a Duke Health & Well-Being Certificate of Completion and applicable certificates of continuing education credits.

The registration fee is $5,500.00 full fee regardless of which training format you choose— Distance Learning or Hybrid In-Person and Distance Learning.

Those who register by the noted early registration deadline qualify for a 10% discount as noted above.

Duke Affiliates qualify for a 15% discount at the time of their registration. This discount is not eligible to be combined with the early registration discount. Duke Affiliates are defined as Duke Employees, Duke Registered Volunteers, and Duke Students.

All registrations are on a first come, first served basis and payment in full is required. 

For programs with a designated start date, transfers are not allowed. Cancellations may be requested using the cancellation request form. If you make this request at least 7 days prior to the start of the program you will receive a refund of your payment minus an administration fee equal to 10% of the registration fee. If you request a cancellation fewer than 7 days before the program start date or do not arrive on your scheduled start date you will forfeit your payment.

For the Hybrid In-Person and Distance Learning format, the registration fee covers access to the online course content, two instructor-led onsite training modules, as well as the cost of continuing education credits.

For the Distance Learning format, the registration fee covers access to the online course content, live instructor-led webinars, as well as the cost of continuing education credits.

Duke Health & Well-Being has limited funds available for partial financial assistance. The funds may cover up to 10% of the registration fee. To be considered, please submit your financial assistance application prior to the early registration deadline for your desired course. Please click here to submit a financial assistance application.

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