Health Coaching is a widely used method in health care settings and worksite wellness programming to help evoke motivation out of individuals to work together toward behavior changes such as increasing physical activity, reducing stress, and eating healthier.
The Kinesiology department offers the KIN 494 course ("Practicum in Motivational Interviewing) to provide opportunities for students to gain practical experience in the foundational skill of health coaching (Motivational Interviewing). This practicum, coordinated by a team of faculty, graduate students (and undergraduate peer leaders), teach students how to use the skill of motivational interviewing to guide individual's through conversations to evoke motivation to elicit behavior change. Students meet weekly, and are taught the key components that make up motivational interviewing.
The first half (KIN 494A) provides the foundational training and practice. The second half (KIN 494B) allows students to apply their skills as a health coach in an IRB approved research study (called CYdekicks). Students can re-enroll in the KIN 494B to continue to be involved in the research project. The training in MI has direct applications for students interested in careers in health care (e.g. MD, PT, PA etc...) or those interested in worksite wellness, dietetics or personal training.
The completion of the course also satisfies the practical requirement to complete the interdisciplinary Health Coaching Certificate offered jointly by the Departments of Kinesiology, Food Science and Human Nutrition and Psychology.
If you are interested in enrolling in KIN 494AB to become a Health Coach, please contact Dr. Greg Welk (firstname.lastname@example.org). Permission is required so You may contact Dr. Welk at email@example.com with questions regarding enrollment in the course.