Who We Are
The National Consortium for Credentialing of Health & Wellness Coaches started as a founding team in September 2009 and now has grown to 75 participating organizations and individuals, all on a volunteer basis. Participating organizations are mainly in the US and include international participants from the UK, Australia, Canada, and Israel.
The Consortium is led by a Board of Directors of 15 members and its executive committee of three co-leaders. They are pioneers and experts in health and wellness coach education, training, credentialing, practice, and research in academia and industry, and also represent various health professions. We have formed a legal entity and have applied for non-profit status to support fundraising, and advance our agenda.
Transform the health care system in America and beyond through the integration of professional health and wellness coaches; the integration of basic coaching skills into many health professions; addressing health issues with a whole-person orientation, focusing on prevention and wellness; and facilitating personal engagement and empowerment for all ages, levels of socioeconomic status, and cultures.
Improve the health and well-being of all Americans who are struggling to start and sustain health-giving behaviors and lifestyles, manage chronic diseases, and make important health decisions by:
- Integrating into health care and consumer wellness skilled and credentialed professional coaches who facilitate lasting change of mindsets and behaviors, to improve the health and well-being of all Americans.
- Support integration of basic coaching skills into the practices of health professions so that health care providers better catalyze and support engagement in health-giving lifestyles
- Develop standards for the new role of professional coaches in health care and wellness, a path for health professionals from diverse backgrounds to become health and wellness coaches, and a strategy and mechanism for the national credentialing of such coaches.
- Support the integration of basic coaching competencies into existing health professions such as nurses, physicians, occupational and physical therapists, dietitians, exercise professionals, and mental health professionals.
- Advance a collaborative coaching research agenda, which includes coaching researchers in academic medical institutions, to further the validation, understanding, and recognition of coaching as a safe and effective intervention to prevent and treat chronic diseases.
- Raise donations and grants to fund the above.