Whole Health Coaching

About the Course

The Whole Health Coaching (38 CEU) course is a six-day intensive training in communication and coaching skills divided into two in-person sessions, with practice coaching and mentoring in between.  The curriculum was developed through a collaborative effort by the Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation (PIRE) and VA subject matter experts.  The course is delivered by master coaching trainers and mentors from PIRE.  The curriculum builds on many of the skills taught in NCP’s TEACH for Success and Motivational Interviewing as well as other VHA programs, and allows even greater opportunity for skill practice and mentoring.  In Whole Health Coaching, the agenda is up to the Veteran, and the coach assists the Veteran in changing behaviors that are important to the Veteran.

The Whole Health Coaching course is considered an approved coaching program by the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching, meaning that all graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification exam upon completion of 50 coaching sessions to become a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach.  The exam is administered by the National Board of Medical Examiners.

This course is geared toward non-clinical and clinical staff, including Peer Support Specialists and volunteers.  Thirty-eight credit hours are available (ACCME, ACCME-NP, ACPE, APA, ANCC, ASWB, AOTA, CDR, CA-BRN, and NYSED SW). To complement onsite learning, there are also extensive online resources such as overviews and tools, which cover best practices for more than 30 medical conditions from a Whole Health perspective. There are also free online courses through TMS and several videos that illustrate the Whole Health approach on the OPCC&CT website.

Nearly 2,000 VHA staff have completed Whole Health Coaching, providing data for extensive evaluation to prove the efficacy of the Whole Health approach. This course was delivered at 44 facilities from FY13-FY18, and will spread to 11 additional facilities as centralized trainings in FY19. Participants continue their education through monthly community of practice calls.

For the full course agenda and faculty bios, please refer to the course brochure.

Whole Health face-to-face courses are only available to VA employees. To learn more about how to apply Whole Health in your practice, review the Passport to Whole Health and implementation overviews. If you are a VA employee interested in participating in a Whole Health course, refer to the OPCC&CT Intranet and SharePoint Education Hub at the bottom of this page.

Course Brochure

Course Manual