LEARNING OBJECTIVE: • To provide both research findings and relevant anecdotal examples that illustrate how wellness coaching methods can be successfully used by all health professionals to help their clients achieve lasting positive changes.
People can contemplate positive behaviors for years, unable to make lasting changes in their health and well-being. Experts' efforts to assist them through advice and information often miss the mark, causing people to feel even less in control. When experts integrate coaching strategies that are based on behavior-change research, they help clients/patients get in touch with their own powerful internal motivators and lay the foundation for meaningful change.
Billie Jo Hance, B.S., is a certified executive wellness coach, author, editor, yoga teacher, and mindfulness-based stress reduction instructor. She coaches employees in a corporate wellness program and teaches meditation and stress management to individuals and groups in Silicon Valley, CA.
Margaret Moore, M.B.A., co-director of the new Institute of Coaching based at McLean Hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, and head of its Division of Coaching in Healthcare, is an entrepreneur who founded Wellcoaches in 2000, following 17 years in the biotechnology industry, to establish standards for professional coaches in health care. She created Mount Lasting Change and led the publication of the Wellcoaches Coaching Psychology Manual, the first coaching textbook in health care, published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, and endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine. Ms. Moore is coauthor of the Harvard Medical School online CME program, Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine for Weight Management, in collaboration with Edward Phillips, M.D., which led to the launch of the Harvard Medical School Institute of Lifestyle Medicine.