“Health coaching is a way to interact with patients and engage patients in their own care. The purpose of health coaching is to help patients understand the clinician’s advice, to discuss how the patient feels about that advice, and to work with patients to use that advice to improve their health” (CEPC-UCSF, 2015).
The importance of health coaching cannot be underestimated. A skillful health coach can make a tremendous difference for a patient and can profoundly improve their quality of life and health related outcome. Through their interaction with their health coach, a patient can define their goals clearly and develop a reasonable pathway to achieve those goals. A patient can also identify barriers they face when trying to change a lifelong habit, and can learn to change their behavior in a meaningful way. In essence, the health coach can help the patient take charge of their health.
In this interactive session, participants will take the first steps towards becoming a health coach by learning basic health coaching techniques.