Published: January 8, 2021
Deciding to become a certified health coach is the first step. Choosing a program that is right for you, and worth the money and time you will be investing, is another key step in your journey towards becoming a certified health coach. Ultimately only you can decide which program is right for you, and it’s important to understand the different factors that go into a program’s recognition and value so that you can make your decision with confidence.
Our founders, Sandra Scheinbaum, PhD and Elyse Wagner, MS, CN, LMHCA, sat down in a live webinar recently to talk about the various ways training with Functional Medicine Coaching Academy is worth it, and how that training translates to value for you as a student and a health coach.
Let’s break down some aspects of our value as a health coaching certification program, and what that means for you:
The Functional Medicine Coaching Academy (FMCA)’s partnership with The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)—Why is this valuable? Why is choosing a program with IFM collaboration worth it?
Our collaboration with The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) is at the core of our approach. We are proud to say we are the only health coach certification program designed in collaboration with IFM, which sets the standard for science-based, root-cause curriculum in areas of Functional Medicine and functional nutrition. IFM’s renowned experts teach both the IFM and FMCA curriculum, modified specifically for health coaching.
As a student, you will learn how to apply these Functional Medicine principles by working in small groups, or “Live Training Sessions (LTS)”, that prepare you to be able to speak the Functional Medicine language with IFM practitioners. A Functional Medicine-trained health coach is an extremely valuable member of an integrated care team. Having a designated health coach in the clinical practice makes the clinician’s treatment protocol more effective, improves patient compliance and outcomes, and frees up the clinician’s time. IFM is partnering with FMCA to train health coaches in the use of the Functional Medicine clinical model to help patients make lasting lifestyle changes in diet, exercise, stress reduction, sleep, and other modifiable lifestyle factors.
“Our exclusive collaboration with The Institute for Functional Medicine ensures that students learn from the best, as our faculty is comprised of IFM’s senior faculty, and our curriculum incorporates IFM’s evidence-based content. Because of this valuable partnership, the large community of IFM-trained practitioners seek out FMCA’s graduates to hire as members of their collaborative care teams.” Sandra Schienbaum, PhD, FMCA CEO & Founder
FMCA’s National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) approval—why is this valuable? What does it mean for students and working coaches?
The National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) defines and sets the gold standard for health coach certification programs, further validating approved training programs such as FMCA! Together with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), NBHWC works to implement their rigorous coach education standards, and approves only the health and wellness training programs that meet those standards. Only graduates of NBHWC-approved programs may sit for the board-certification exam and earn the credential “National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach.”And since FMCA is one of the first NBHWC-approved programs, our graduates may sit for their board exams— and they consistently outperform the average. This most recent exam was no exception: 93% of FMCA students who sat for the test successfully earned their NBC-HWC title, compared to 87% of test-takers from other programs.
As a student, you go through your own personal transformation journey throughout the program, learning how to operate in the world differently because of the positive psychology and Functional Medicine components of our training program. You will also learn how to market yourself as a coach and how to approach coaching as a business from renowned business leaders such as J.J. Virgin, Andre Norman, Dean Jackson, Brian Kurtz, Chris Smith and more in our new Business-Building Track.
The key to becoming a successful health coach is collaboration, whether that’s with your educators, your fellow alumni, partner organizations, or practitioners! When you choose FMCA for your health coaching education, you are getting the value we’ve built into the program. By choosing our respected, academically rigorous program, you are investing in yourself and your future career as a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach.
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