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 a non-profit legal entity, led by a volunteer Board of Directors of 10 members, its executive committee of three co-leaders, supported by a Council of Advisors. We are all pioneers and experts in health and wellness coach education, training, credentialing, practice, and research in academia and industry, and also represent various health professions.
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.