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NEW Accelerated Wellness Coaching Program


We are thrilled to be launching a new delivery format of our Level 1 and 2 training courses that will be available next month, ideal for those short of time to attend our 2 day workshop but still want the benefit of presenter led training.

The Accelerated Wellness Coaching Program has you undertaking the Level 1 Foundations of Wellness Coaching & Level 2 Wellness Coaching Skills in Practice courses and receive both certificates however only requires 1 day attendance at a workshop! It fast tracks through these 2 foundation levels of training, allowing you to start implementing coaching skills with your clients sooner and also preparing you for our main Level 3 Professional Studies course. The program is delivered in 2 stages:

STAGE 1 - PRE WORKSHOP PREPARATION

Delivered to you when registering for the program, you'll be led through a series of videos presented by Wellness Coaching Australia Managing Director, Fiona Cosgrove, that will explain and demonstrate the fundamental skills and principles of wellness coaching covered in both training courses. The videos are carefully divided into sections that will build on each other, giving a clear and informative learning process for people who require this flexibility. Great examples of coaching segments are included so you can actually see and hear what you’re working towards.

You'll also be prompted to complete specific activities and worksheets as you work through the videos that will will give you a feel for the coaching model. These include some fun practical activities that you complete with a willing participant of your choice (friend or family member). 

You complete this as self paced learning in your own time in preparation for the one day workshop which will build upon this content.


STAGE 2 - ONE DAY WORKSHOP

The one day workshop, held in main capital cities throughout the year, provides an intensive experience of practical application of Wellness Coaching, with a full day of practical demonstrations and student participation. You will have an opportunity to watch real-time coaching segments and hands-on experiential learning with fellow students. Expect a highly interactive day where you'll learn to harness your coaching skills first hand with our trainers giving real time feedback, giving you the confidence needed to implement this when you return home and back to work with your clients.

 

Why complete the Accelerated format over the 2 day intensive?

  • Only need to commit to one day of face to face learning rather the two
  • Theoretical learning you complete at home in your own space and time that is best for you
  • With theory completed prior to the workshop, it allows us to make the most of a full day of practical demonstrations and student participation
  • No disadvantage to this format when it comes to gaining your certification and Professional Development / Continuing Education points. You will receive all the same as if you did it as a 2 day intensive workshop format. 

Industry Accreditation for Professional Development and Continuing Education

  • An approved CCE course with International Coaching Federation (ICF) for 10 hours core competencies and 6 hours Resource Development
  • 20 CECs with Fitness Australia
  • 15 CPD's with ESSA
  • 5 PDPs with Physical Activity Australia
  • 8 CPD's with APNA
  • 8 CPEs with ANTA 
  • 20 CPE's with ATMS 
  • 10 CPE's with AAMT 
  • 5 CPD's with REPS NZ 
  • 6 CPDs with REPS UK
  • Also approved as ongoing professional education with AHHCA

Program Investment

$800 - Early Bird Rate (when registering more than 2 weeks prior to the scheduled one day workshop)
$850 - Regular Rate 

To find out dates of upcoming Accelerated Wellness Coaching Program nearest to you, click here to search our courses, workshop and webinars page or contact us at info@wellnesscoachingaustralia.com.au.

Motivation is not all equal



Here we go – 2017 is underway and we all love a fresh start. The new year can give us the opportunity to begin new projects, to make changes, to wipe out any of the less uplifting parts of the previous year.  But what do we need to actually make a change?

There’s no getting away from it – that overused term – “Motivation”!  And if you want to know more about it, there is no shortage of material, books, articles, speakers etc. to fill you in. But really what does it mean to be motivated? The essence of motivation is energy.  Energy to drive us forward to make that change.  Yet motivation can also come from many different areas – some more powerful than others.

Let’s keep it simple and look at two sources. Controlled motivation and autonomous motivation.  Both can be helpful but one more than the other.
Controlled motivation comes from outside.  Often from another person, who may well have the best interests in mind for the person they are pushing to make a change. Health professionals have traditionally been the people who provide “controlled motivation.” They provide all the facts, the dangers and the wisdom of their superior knowledge to convince their clients to make a change. When someone is influenced by this type of motivation, they tend to “comply” with someone else’s desires.  You may have heard this referred to as extrinsic motivation, but “controlled” suggests that there is a third party involved.  Frequently there is an element of fear inherent in the urge to change.

Autonomous motivation has quite a different feeling about it.  This is when a person is motivated by interest, desire and choice. They have a sense of control and value over the change they're about to make.  They are energised in a different way and often feel a sense of excitement about the challenge ahead.  Health and wellness coaches work in this space... Their job is to “unleash” their clients’ own motivation to change.

Why is the latter so much more powerful than the former?  As human beings, we have certain drives that are universal and one is the drive to control our own destiny to be “autonomous” and “self-determining”.  Although the support of a coach or other person may be of great help, ultimately we will become more flexible and creative, persistent and successful when we are driven from within.  

How we do tap into this type of motivation?  Simply by reflecting on the importance of the change we wish to make.  Time spent uncovering our real reasons to change is time well spent and an investment in the outcome of our efforts.  All too often, we rush in to do what others have propounded as being the “right” way to live.  Why not stop and ask yourself:
  • What will this change mean to me?
  • What will happen if I continue the way I am living?
  • What else might change if I am successful?
  • What does the change represent to me?
Then we’re armed with what we need to move forward.  But only then!

Two Words


The new year is well and truly on us and before we know it, we are into the swing of things and are now wondering where the holiday went. But most of us take some time, if only a moment or two, to ponder what lies ahead. What do we want for 2017?  Do we have new directions to travel in? New challenges to enjoy?  Notice I have not once said the word “goal”... Not that there is anything wrong with having goals, as long as we don’t get caught up in a mad rush to achieve them.  

What I prefer to do each year is to find two words that I can focus on that mean something significant to me at this point in time.  And I let those words “colour” my  plans and way of living.  So, for example, my two words for this year are, “Balance” and “Freedom”.  I won’t indulge myself by explaining what they mean to me, but I think you’ll get the general idea. 

So why am I sharing this?  Because I think it is just another creative way of working with clients at a time when most of them are busy, they've set new years’ resolutions (that often are broken by now) and planning to make major changes in their lives, which suggests that things are really not going well.  The reality is, we have all spent the last year growing, learning and experiencing a variety of things.  Hopefully, we have ended up with more information about what we want, what we don’t want and are feeling fairly clear after a nice rest and reset that Xmas and New Year can often give us.  Choosing two words keeps it nice and simple, creates a feeling of control and gives us clarity around what we need most. 

What are your two words?  How do they apply to your life?  How can you bring more of those two elements into your world?  Share this with your clients.  Have fun with them as you invite them to do the same. Spend time talking about what those words mean for your clients.  Coaching does not always have to be delving into the dark stuff.  There is always room for laughter and lightness; for fun and anticipation; for a sense of the unknown whilst feeling grounded in who we are and what we stand for. 

Go lightly into the rest of 2017 and make it a wonderful year. 



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