The Functional Medicine
Coaching Academy Online Course
Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, Inc. offers a 12-month online educational program to become a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach globally.
Why Functional Medicine Coaching?
The rapidly expanding growth of Functional Medicine is the model for 21st century healthcare that both prevents and reverses chronic disease by treating root causes of illness with diet and lifestyle change. The increasing recognition of the value of health coaches working alongside medical professionals to create a culture of wellness, will empower individuals to take charge of their health.
The Functional Medicine Coaching Academy 12-month program:
• Accommodates the learning needs of both existing health coaches who hold certifications from other schools and those individuals desiring to enter the rapidly expanding health coaching field.
• Emphasizes the core coaching competencies as set forth by the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching (ICHWC).
Our 12-month curriculum presents a ground-breaking WHOLE systems approach that integrates the principles of functional medicine, functional nutrition, eating psychology, mind-body medicine, and positive psychology. Practical application of concepts is emphasized, so that you graduate with the knowledge, skills and confidence to coach effectively.
Monthly modules consist of webinars and interviews with Institute for Functional Medicine faculty and certified practitioners, experts in mind-body medicine, positive psychology, and leaders in coaching.
Functional Medicine Practitioners pay attention to their patients' unique stories and consider the interactions amongst the genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. Functional Medicine Coaches listen to their clients' concerns and help them address key lifestyle factors to create sustainable long-term health and wellbeing.
PREVIEW OF THE CURRICULUM
MONTH 1: COACHING FUNDAMENTALS AND CREATING POSITIVE COACHING RELATIONSHIPS
Gain inspiration from leaders in Functional Medicine, positive psychology and coaching skills.
MONTH 2: THE POWER OF THE PERSONAL NARRATIVE IN THE COACHING CONVERSATION
Recognizing character strengths by listening to the story and developing a timeline as well as introducing Functional Nutrition.
MONTH 3: FACILITATING VALUES-BASED LIFESTYLE CHANGE WITHIN A SOCIAL ECOLOGICAL MATRIX
Learning the Functional Medicine matrix, digestion basics, including balancing the microbiome, mindful eating and diet and nutrition tracking.
MONTH 4: SUPPORTING DIGESTION & REDUCING INFLAMMATION THROUGH HEALTHY LIFESTYLE AND BEHAVIOR CHANGE
Reducing inflammation through learning about stress as a source of inflammation and inflammation as a source of stress, sugar and inflammation and emotional eating.
MONTH s: IMPROVING COMMUNICATION & HORMONE BALANCE THROU GH POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE
Using character strengths to improve non-verbal communication in coaching, stress, adrenal dysfunction, hormone balance, the thyroid connection, insulin and hormone balance, dietary impact on blood sugar regulation and dietary plans for hormonal issues.
MONTH 6: CREATING ENERGY AND RESILIENCY IN LIFE
Learning about the function of the mitochondria in cellular energy production, common causes of fatigue and decline in resiliency, eating to increase energy and slow aging, mindfulness and meditation for generating energy and resiliency.
MONTH 7: INTEGRATING DETOXIFICATION INTO A FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE COACHING PRACTICE
Understanding toxins and illness, ensuring safe detoxification and therapeutic foods to support detoxification. Influences of the food and advertising industries and whole- body detox: Mental-Emotional-Spiritual.
MONTH 8: COACHING STRATEGIES FOR CLIENTS WITH CHALLENGING GASTROINTESTINAL AND IMMUNE COMPROMISED CONDITIONS
Understanding Intestinal permeability and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, the gut-brain-obesity link and gut healing foods. Visualization to strengthen the immune response and progressive muscle relaxation and autogenic training.
MONTH 9: COACHING STRATEGIES FOR WORKING THROUGH EMOTIONAL CONTENT
Using character strengths to heal from depression and anxiety. Understanding mood disorders, inflammation, toxicity and hormone imbalance, mood foods: managing challenging cravings, reading food and supplement labels, cooking for a healthy mind.
MONTH 10: LIFESTYLE MEDICINE COACHING: RUNNING GROUP WELLNESS AND BODY COMPOSITION PROGRAMS
Understanding metabolic and hormonal aspects of resistant weight loss, integrating detoxification into a healthy weight loss plan, designing food
plans for healthy weight loss and how to run virtual and clinic-based group detox programs. Psychological aspects of obesity through an in-depth character study, guided imagery to enhance healthy weight loss and body acceptance.
MONTH 11: OVERCOMING CHALLENGES WHEN COACHING CHRONICALLY ILL CLIENTS AND FAMILIES
Working with a functional medicine collaborative care team on challenging and complicated cases using a positive psychology model. Learning how to keep coaching simple to prevent clients from becoming overwhelmed.
MONTH 12: CONSOLIDATING LEARNING, TRACKING PROGRESS, AND PREPARING TO MOVE ON
Understanding the ethical guidelines and core competencies for certification and the Business of Coaching.
Complete online journal assignments and case study projects with your cohort team for each of the 12 learning modules. Participate in Skype or phone group supervision appointments. Submit a case study capstone project demonstrating appropriate use of the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, Inc. model of coaching. Pass a final comprehensive exam. Demonstrate competency to coach via a virtual session.
NEXT INTAKE FOR STUDENTS - September 2019
$7997,00 US$ - STANDARD PRICE
$5997,00 US$ - OUR PRICE (Functional Medicine South Africa)