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Health Coach Institute

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Health Coaches

What is the Health Coach Institute?

The Health Coach Institute (HCI) was created in 2011 with the launch of the Office of Health Promotion and has trained and certified over 250 students to become Health Coaches. Our Health Coaches support their peers by having individual health conversations called iHPs (Individual Health Plans) to discuss personal health behaviors, knowledge, attitudes, and skills and through the meeting develop goals and strategies to become healthier.

Health Coaches are trained to facilitate group health education specialty areas within our iHealth menu: iChill, iPlan, iSleep, iChoose, and iNourish. Each of these programs have dedicated curriculum and each Health Coach is encouraged to add their own personality and creativity. Through these individual and group settings our Health Coaches help students to manage stress and time, understand and develop healthy relationships, learn and discuss decision-making around alcohol and drugs, and learn about healthy eating.

We are looking for highly motivated students with a passion for health and to be a health leader on the Boston College campus. This is an opportunity for our students to pursue their passion for health, empower their peers to learn more about health, grow as individuals, and serve the Boston College community.

The benefits of being a Health Coach consist of learning about health, becoming healthier, increasing health knowledge, developing presentation and facilitation skills, guiding others reach their personal goals, and develop lasting relationships with other Health Coaches.

Health Coaches are trained in Readiness to ChangeMotivational Interviewing, how to have a health conversation, set goals, and demonstrate empathy.

To be selected to become a Health Coach you will need to apply and be selected for an interview.  After you are selected you will need to:

  1. Attend a two-hour training session in April
  2. Attend a two-day training in late August, which requires early move-in for the fall semester
  3. Select and become trained in a specialty area
  4. Attend bi-weekly continuing education through the academic year 
  5. Attend once a month all Health Coach meetings 
  6. Attend educational inservices
  7. Submit service logs each month 

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. As a result of the Health Coach Training, student health coaches will be able to state the mission of the Office of Health Promotion, and list programs and services offered.   
  2. Student health coaches will be able to identify the 5 stages of change in Prochaska and DiClemente's readiness to change model. 
  3. Student health coaches will be able to articulate motivational interviewing skills (for example, asking open ended questions, reflection, affirmations, summarizing, etc.). 
  4. Student health coaches will be able to state the key concepts and key principles for their selected specialty area.