Integrative Health Coaching and Patient Navigation Certificate

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Organization Type: 
Educational Institution
Program Type: 
Standing Program
Education Level: 
Technical certificate programs or certificate training programs
Educational Elements: 
Independent Study
Self Reflection Activities
Experiential not including services to patients
Experiential including clinical contact with patients
Program Description: 

This 12-credit Integrative Health Coaching Certificate program is designed to serve the needs of both current health practitioners who wish to expand their skills, and individuals who seek to enter into the fields of health coaching and patient navigation. 

Upon completion of the 252-hour certificate program consisting of lectures, dialogue salons, Socratic seminars, project-based learning initiatives, and a 100-hour Field-Based Practicum experience, program participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Graduate Institute, and will be eligible to apply for an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential.  In an effort to change the direction of patient care from a disease-focused perspective to one of patient empowerment, disease prevention, equity of accessibility, and patient navigation, this program is designed to address a number of prevailing trends such as: health coaching, federal legislation for the establishment of integrative health coaches and patient navigators; and a statewide initiative by the Graduate Institute to coordinate and engage health care organizations through Connecticut to provide site-based practicum experiences.

This Certificate Program connects the preventative aspects of patient care (i.e. wellness strategies, nutrition, and optimizing emotional, spiritual, and psychological health) with the daily functions of navigating a changing healthcare system.  By blending the diverse yet inherently interconnected functions of these two domains, the program provides comprehensive training that enables practitioners to facilitate successful patient outcomes while promoting healthy living.

The Integrative Health Coaching and Patient Navigation Certificate Program consists of seven courses delivered over nine months. On-site instruction is supplemented with 11 mid-month interactive online classes.  Courses include: 1) Coaching Ethics; 2) Interpersonal Communication; 3) Guiding Principles and Practices of Health Coaching; 4) Global Perspectives in Healthcare; 5) Organizational Governance and Management; 6) Measuring Patient Satisfaction; and 7) a supplemental non-credit post program – The Practicum: A Coaching Residency.

Targeted Professions
Registered Nurses
Licensed Practical Nurses
Ambulatory Care
Internal Medicine
Social Work: 
Psychiatric social work
Medical social work
Clinical Health
Medical Assistants
Patient Educators
Physician Assistants
Integrative Health Professionals
Self-Reported Competencies
PCPCC’s Education and Training Task Force identified 16 interprofessional training competencies critical for preparing health professionals for practicing in team-based, coordinated care models such as patient-centered medical homes. Listed below are the self-reported competencies that this program has achieved, which have been organized by the five core features of a medical home as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Patient-Centered Care Competencies: 
Advocacy for patient-centered integrated care
Cultural sensitivity and competence in culturally appropriate practice
Development of effective, caring relationships with patients
Patient-centered care planning, including collaborative decision-making and patient self-management
Coordinated Care Competencies: 
Care coordination for comprehensive care of patient & family in the community
Interprofessionalism & interdisciplinary team collaboration
Quality Care & Safety Competencies: 
Assessment of patient outcomes
Evidence-based practice
Last updated November 15, 2013

* Please note: Information contained in this database is self-reported by representatives from each program. It does not represent an exhaustive list of education and training programs and inclusion does not constitute an endorsement from the PCPCC.


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