Health Coach Institute
Educate. Motivate. Refer.
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 300 students to become Health Coaches. Our Health Coaches three main areas of focus are education, facilitation, and outreach. Education includes annual training and weekly continuing education to sharpen their skills, facilitation involves working with their peers in individual and group coaching sessions as well as interactive tabling activities, and outreach involves spreading awareness through signature health events and fairs across campus. Our motto is to Educate, Motivate, Refer!
Health Coaches are trained to facilitate individual and group health coaching sessions within our iHealth menu: iHP, 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 friendships, learn and discuss decision-making around alcohol and drugs, and learn about healthy eating and sleep. Health Coaches aim to support their peers by discussing personal health behaviors, knowledge, attitudes, and skills to develop goals and strategies to become healthier.
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 Change, Motivational Interviewing, Appreciative Inquiry, Positive Psychology, 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 and callback. After you are selected you will need to:
- Attend a two-hour training session in April
- Attend a two-day training in late August, which requires early move-in for the fall
- Select and become trained in a specialty area
- Attend weekly continuing education through the academic year
- Attend once a month all Health Coach meetings
- Attend educational inservices
- Submit service logs each semester