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About the Foundation Course New


Duke’s world-class program is based in research and years of clinical experience. The Foundation Course combines an online curriculum with instructor-led training and experiential practice that prepares graduates to immediately utilize their skills.

During the Integrative Health Coach Professional Training Foundation Course

You will…
  • Gain an understanding of the science of behavior change, personal health planning, the Wheel of Health, and mindful awareness.


  • Learn the essential elements of Integrative Health Coaching and how to apply them with individuals and groups.


  • Acquire the coaching expertise needed to successfully motivate others to adopt positive behaviors for sustainable health and wellness.


Choose Your Path

The Foundation Course is offered in two formats to accommodate your schedule and learning preferences.

In-Person Foundation Course

Duration: 12 weeks

Training Delivery: 8 days at Duke IM

(2 four-day modules, 6-8 weeks apart)

The In-Person Foundation Course is conducted through two onsite, 4-day training modules and distance-learning components. These onsite training modules are spaced approximately six to eight weeks apart and include lectures, small-group learning exercises, live coaching demonstrations, experiential practice, and mentored feedback. The distance-learning components include six web-based training modules on coaching topics, eight coaching demonstration videos, and four 90-minute telephonic skills practice sessions. Course completion includes a written examination.

Online Foundation Course

Duration: 18 weeks

Training Delivery: 16 live webinars

(3 hours, once per week)

The Online Foundation Course is conducted over an 18 week period. It includes an online orientation period followed by 16 weekly 3-hour live webinars. The weekly webinars include live instruction, coaching demonstrations and experiential practice with mentored feedback. The distance-learning components include six web-based training modules on coaching topics and eight coaching demonstration videos. Course completion includes a written examination.

The Foundation Course curriculum will cover the following topics:

  • The role of Integrative Health Coaching in the transformation of healthcare.
  • Research on the efficacy of Integrative Health Coaching.
  • Patient Centered Care, the Wheel of Health (WOH) and Personalized Health Planning as they relate to Integrative Health Coaching.
  • The change process including the review of 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 IM Integrative Health 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.

Continuing Education Credits Available

Those who successfully complete all the course modules and requirements will earn a Certificate of Completion, Continuing Education Units, and International Coach Federation Continuing Coach Education (CCE) Credits.

International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching (ICHWC): This program is an ICHWC-Approved Transition Program. Successful graduates meet the training eligibility requirements (for the Transition Phase) to sit for the HWC Certifying Examination required for health & wellness coaches to become National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coaches (NBC-HWC).

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