Lead yourself and others to greater health.
More and more people are seeking help to find better balance in their lives and guidance to greater wellbeing. If you are passionate about health, this opens up an opportunity to develop a health coaching practice that can change people's lives.
The natural therapies industry is a self regulated industry in most
regions. This means it's more about the knowledge and skills you acquire
and applying them in a reasonable and responsible manner. This course will allow students to work as a health coach and provide
general nutrition advice, health education and motivation to support
clients in achieving their wellbeing goals.
WHO IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE FOR:
- Those with life experience seeking to re-enter the workforce and make a difference in other people's lives.
- Counsellors, personal trainers, massage therapists, teachers, life coaches, nurses and other health professionals looking to broaden and develop their skills.
- People with a passion for wellbeing.
Note that each module in the Health Coach Certificate is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.
WORKING TO PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS
Knowing about health and coaching is only part of being a good health coach. To do the job properly also involves adhering to appropriate standards.
Any profession in which someone deals with the health and wellbeing has to have a code which sets out standards or guidelines.
Codes emphasise legal and ethical requirements to practice with a level of care and diligence. Anyone working in the food coaching field should have a good sense of legal responsibilities and ethics which relate to this industry.
Professional standards are primarily there to protect the public from unscrupulous practitioners. But they also exist to ensure that professionals take it upon themselves to improve the service they offer through continuing education, self-monitoring, supervision, and so forth. If you offer a service, you owe it to your clients to offer the best service you can. In doing so, not only will you be better able to ensure their satisfaction, but you will be able to build a better reputation for yourself.
A Code of Ethics
As a practicing coach it is up to the individual to acquaint themselves with the ethical decisions of their member organisation and the state or jurisdiction in which they reside. It is ignorant not to do so.
Codes of ethics educate the public and the practitioners about what is acceptable within the profession. They also define accountability and protect the clients from unethical practices. These codes also provide a means for self-monitoring and hence improving one’s professional practice. Professional ethics can be divided into:
- Mandatory ethics – the level of ethical functioning that conforms to the minimum standards required by the profession
- Aspirational ethics – striving to attain the highest standards.
A dedicated professional will strive at all times to achieve the highest standards rather than minimum acceptable standards.