Wellness Coaching is an emerging profession that has roots in applied behavioral science and adult development, and more recently has embraced positive psychology. Behavioral scientists have shown that one-on-one coaching is among the most effective approaches to helping people make and sustain improvements in their lives.
The relationship between a coach and client offers a profound level of support, guidance, and encouragement to making changes, without being judgmental. A coach enables change by focusing on a client's stated needs, values, vision, and goals and helping to bring out his/her personal best. (Per the International Coaching Federation (ICF) website).
Expert faculty from these five academic disciplines at U of L collaborated to create the Wellness Coaching Minor:
The culminating experience of the Wellness Coaching Internship pulls together all of the knowledge of the minor and gives the intern the opportunity to practice wellness coaching with real-life clients and reflect on this experience.Paula Kommor, MEd, CPA, Interdisciplinary Wellness Coaching Minor Chair
We are interdisciplinary - doing together what none of us can do separately.
UofL's Interdisciplinary Wellness Coaching Minor was featured in the October 2011 edition of the Wellcoaches Newsletter. View the excerpt. [JPG]
"I had the great privilege of interacting with several undergraduate wellness coaching students at a Wellcoaches workshop held at the University of Louisville in 2011; I was thrilled with the engagement and caliber of these students! I am impressed with not only the Interdisciplinary Wellness Coaching Minor curriculum, but also with the expert team of interdisciplinary faculty (Health & Sport Science, Social Work, Psychology, Human Resource Development, and Public Health Advocacy) involved with the Wellness Coaching Minor, and the corporate partnerships U of L is creating to increase job placement for its wellness coaching graduates.
"Students are engaged in improving their critical thinking skills and translating science into coaching practices. Embracing the application of science in helping coaching clients improve their mindsets is a unique aspect of the program, one that strongly links the university's academic mission with the Wellcoaches mission and contribution. The University of Louisville is at the cutting edge in teaching wellness coaching at the undergraduate level."
Founder & CEO, Wellcoaches Corporation
Co-Director, Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School
Entrance Requirements -- Declared major in HSS, PSYCH, Social Work, or Nursing.
2.50 GPA is required in the Wellness Minor. Only one "D" will be accepted in HSS Courses.
No double counting courses for Major and Minor for HSS Majors.
Paula Kommor, MEd
Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Science, Room 119
Ann Herd, PhD
College of Education and Human Resource Development, Room 328
Paul Salmon PhD
Lutz Hall, Room 320
Noell Rowan PhD
Oppenheimer Hall, Room 207
Sharon Larue, M.A. LPAT
Patricia Benson, MEd
Human Resources Building
Human Resources Building
Past wellness coaching interns hired by:
Wellness coaching skills give students a marketable edge when entering the work force--leading to a multitude of career opportunities.
A few of the types of organizations that are now hiring wellness coaches are: corporations, physician's offices, health management companies, wellness centers, and fitness facilities.
Wellness coaching students will be capable of working in the following capacities:
In addition to the financial aid opportunities offered by the University, the College of Education & Human Development also has information about financial aid.
An Ideas to Action (i2a) Sun Grant provides exceptional students with scholarship opportunities to attend Wellcoaches® workshops, coaching certification classes, and mentoring.
It's Happening Here due to the Collaborative Support from Get Healthy Now & College of Education and Human Development