Scope Of Practice Of A Health And Wellness Coach
Before embarking on any training (whether it is ours or another training school), it is vital to understand what the scope of practice of a Health and Wellness Coach is when working with clients. All professions in the health, fitness and wellness industries have a defined scope of practice and our field is no different.
Quite often people undertake Health and Wellness Coaching courses thinking they will be qualified to provide “advice” around dietary and lifestyle modifications including providing meal plans on completion of their training however this is not the case unless you have prior qualifications in a health, fitness or wellness field where your scope of practice can extend beyond that of a coach such as Naturopathy or Nutritional Medicine.
Although the list below is by no means comprehensive, this is a great guide to what a Health and Wellness Coach can or cannot do, and is widely recognised by leading international bodies.
As you will read, the recurring themes around coaching are all around empowerment of the client, keeping them safe and avoiding stepping outside the boundaries of your profession. Coaches facilitate change, they don’t advocate one way of eating, living or existing. Our job is to support and encourage clients to become masters of their own well-being.
What Health and Wellness Coaches DO:
What Health and Wellness Coaches DO NOT do:
Does this sound like the profession you want to follow?
Then the next step is formal training. But be sure that the training program fits the above scope of practice so that you will be insured to provide the service you plan on delivering.