If you’ve been through FMCA’s Functional Medicine Health Coach training program, you know how jam-packed the curriculum is. Our program is designed so that students build a strong foundation in Functional Medicine, functional nutrition, positive psychology, mind-body medicine, and the art of coaching. It’s paced so that the workload is manageable for students who already work and have busy lives but still want to advance their education. In the twelve months that you’re in the program, you cover a lot of ground!
So when FMCA started to identify additional topics of study that are useful parts of a coach’s education, but that didn’t quite fit our curriculum, we decided to offer them as short courses. As separate courses, we can delve deeper in specialty topics and focus on specific health scenarios and populations, like our upcoming Reversing Cognitive Decline course or the subject of this article, Men’s Health. FMCA founder Dr. Sandra Scheinbaum gave us her perspective on our upcoming Men’s Health Course, why it’s needed, and what sets it apart.
Why is FMCA launching a short course specifically aimed at men’s health?
Our goal with this course is to teach the Functional Medicine approach to health issues that are of particular concern to men. The health of this population is at risk, largely due to food and lifestyle factors as well as increased toxic load. And though anyone can reap the benefits of working with a coach, available evidence suggests that men tend to be less proactive in addressing their health concerns. So we’re designing this course for any coach who is interested in working with male clients.
What will students in this course learn?
The course will cover male hormones as well as common health issues like low testosterone, estrogen dominance, infertility, sleep apnea, and prostate cancer, from the Functional Medicine perspective. Students will also learn evidence-based diet and lifestyle protocols that can prevent and in many cases reverse these disorders. And they’ll bring it all together by learning various coaching strategies for effectively addressing concerns that are unique to men.
What sets FMCA’s Men’s Health course apart from similar courses?
For starters, this course teaches the Functional Medicine approach to men’s health. We’ve also built the course around key case studies, so that as students learn the material, they see how to use it in a practical and applied setting. Coaching In Action segments will allow students to follow along as male clients (with various health issues and varying levels of motivation to change) go through sessions with a Functional Medicine doctor and then work one-on-one with their coach. These real-world demonstrations bring the course material to life and make it more readily transferable to a coach’s practice.
Which of FMCA’s faculty will be teaching the course?
It will be taught by Dr. Mark Menolascino and Dr. Geo Espinosa, who will both deliver webinars as well as play the role of the doctors in the demonstrations. The coaching in action will be demonstrated by Monique Class, FMCA’s new Director of Coaching Development, and Dr. Lynn Johnson, a core faculty member.
What else do potential students need to know about the Men’s Health Course?
Available: starting early 2018
Format: Self-paced online course includes webinars, Coaching In Action segments, & quizzes
Estimated time commitment: approximately 8 hours
Upon completion: Certification of Completion
Discounts available: 10% discount for Platinum Alumni Members. Become a Platinum Alumni Member here.
Keep an eye on your email and FMCA’s Facebook page for more information about Men’s Health and other upcoming short courses.