Whole Health Education® & Whole Health Coaching™ vs traditional Health Coaching programs

The NIWH 3-in-1 Whole Health Education® training is
accredited by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence
ICE logo    This 3-in-1 training significantly sets our program apart from traditional health coaching programs. Ten outstanding Whole Health Coaching courses are provided which are applied in the Case Study portion of the program. Visit our Whole Health Coaching page for more details on the Whole Health Coaching courses.

In addition to the added professional skills and knowledge, there is a greater investment value realized over traditional coaching training. A Whole Health Education professional enjoys a wider range of opportunities than is possible through the current Health Coaching trainings. The chart below shows how they differ and answers the question often ask: “Why become credentialed in the NIWH 3-in-1 Whole Health Education® training, instead of doing a traditional Health Coach training program?” This is a vital question for anyone pursuing a career in this field to explore. Understanding the difference can have substantial consequences on the services you can provide to your clients, your scope of practice, your professional credentials and your income! 

 Patient Health Education Health Coach Training
Definition Society for Public Health Education says: A Health Educator “promotes, maintains and improves individual and/or community health by assisting individuals and communities [through evidence-based health information] to adopt healthy behaviors.” International Coaching Federation says: A coach “partners with individuals in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
Pre-requisites NIWH applicants must have a verified professional license or education credentials that meet national standards. Anyone can call themselves a Health Coach without any training or credentials.
Comprehensive Learning 400 hours which includes evidence-based, whole person focused Patient Health Education, Patient Health Advocacy and Whole Health Coaching skills & training. Typically 30-60 hours of Coaching skills training which does not include evidence-based patient health education or advocacy training.
The Five Aspects of Health & Disease Whole Health Education programs provide the Five Aspects of Whole Health™ which delivers demystified patient health information and self-directed disease prevention. Health Coaching programs do not provide health education course content to address patient health recovery or disease prevention.
Professional Liability Insurance Whole Health Education graduate is qualified for professional liability insurance as a patient health educator. Professional liability insurance is not available for health coaches due to the lack of prerequisite requirements.
Health Insurance Billing Whole Health Education graduate can receive an NPI number as a patient health educator for insurance billing and coding. Medical providers can bill for patient educator’s services. A health coach training does not qualify an individual  for an NPI number or to bill for health coaching services. Medical providers cannot bill for coaching services as these services are not paid for by insurance companies.
Enrollment in national Healthways network NIWH graduate is qualified to be automatically enrolled in Healthways national Integrative Health Networks. Health coaching does not automatically confirm enrollment into Healthways national Integrative Health Networks.
Chronic Care Professional Certification NIWH graduate can test-out for the national Chronic Care Professional Certification, a nationally recognized and endorsed Disease Prevention & Population Health credential. A health coach certificate alone does not qualify to test-out for the national Chronic Care Professional certification.
Health Care Provider Credentialed patient health educators are recognized health care providers. Health coaches are not health care providers.
Use of Billing and Coding Manual Credentialed Whole Health Educators receive expert-prepared Billing and Coding Manual to provide services and coded receipts for their patients. Health coaching is not an insurance billable service. Mental health counseling or patient education may be called health coaching by some insurance networks.
Healthcare Specialty Patient health education is a long-standing regulated and recognized health care specialty. NIWH Whole Health Training is an accredited patient health education program. Health Coaching is not a professionally accredited specialty. The various health coaching certification program are not regulated or accredited by a national. Only Life, Leadership and Executive Coaching are is regulated by the ICF.
Answers to Patient Questions Whole Health Education® answers the four most important questions all patients want answers to. Health Coaching answers only one or two of the important questions all patients want answer to.

Coaching skills are valuable tools for anyone to use in both their professional and personal lives. Coach training can aid in transforming poor communication into excellent communication. In 1980, NIWH developed and researched the first Health Coaching communication model, Behavioral Engagement with Pure Presence (BEPP).

BEPP is a component of Whole Health Education – the first patient health education model developed and researched in clinical settings. In addition to BEPP, NIWH Whole Health Training provides demystified, whole-person health information which includes both medical and alternative self-care options.

Comment by a recent NIWH graduate:

“Coming from a Health Coaching background, I found that there was something missing when trying to assist individuals with making a sustainable behavior change.  Through my experience with the program at the National Institute of Whole Health, I was able to identify what that missing piece in Health Coaching was.  The courses provided the education needed to be able to supply evidence-based health information to patients, and the case study portion of the program helped facilitate the personal WHY for change in patients.  This was the missing piece, that each patient find the “why” they need to change.  The program taught me how to assist patients in finding their individual why so that the changes can be sustained for a lifetime.”

Judith Brinn, BS, CHHC, certified in Pediatric Obesity

In 1998, Whole Health Education was named a Best Practice in Relationship Centered Care by a Boston area Harvard affiliate hospital, which opened a department of Whole Health Education to empower and serve its out-patient population. Research and utilization of Whole Health Education and BEPP continues today, with a ground-breaking collaborative research agreement between NIWH and Michigan State University medical school.

NIWH Whole Health Education trained Whole Health Coaches come away with much more than traditional health coaching skills. They learn urgently needed health information to empower their patients to take control of their health and their lives. They also earn additional provider credentials as a patient health educator, certificates as a Patient Health Advocate and as a Whole Health Coach.

redbutton Whole Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate Available from the National Institute of Whole Health

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