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Lifestyle Wellness Coaching-2nd Edition

Lifestyle Wellness Coaching-2nd Edition


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    Lifestyles have changed dramatically over the past quarter century, and along with these changes come exciting opportunities for health, wellness, and fitness professionals, including new career paths in the professional domain of health and wellness coaching. Centered on an evidence-based process for guiding change, Lifestyle Wellness Coaching, Second Edition, offers a systematic approach to helping clients achieve enduring changes in their personal health and wellness behaviors through a supportive and forward-moving coaching relationship.

    Formerly titled Lifestyle Fitness Coaching, the second edition of Lifestyle Wellness Coaching has been thoroughly revised and updated to keep pace with the rapidly evolving field of lifestyle coaching. The text offers powerful methodologies for those who want to embrace lifestyle coaching as their primary profession as well as for those who intend to integrate a coaching approach into their work with clients. The text is complemented by discussions, case studies, reflective opportunities, and practical aids and engages readers through multiple approaches to learning:

    • Dynamic coaching dialogues bring abstract concepts to life.

    • Typical exchanges between coaches and clients are illustrated.

    • The International Coach Federation’s 11 core competencies are thoroughly examined to prepare readers for certification in the profession of coaching.

    • Sidebars provide practical guidance for enhanced understanding and prompt readers to personally experience the content.

    Lifestyle Wellness Coaching, Second Edition, uses realistic coaching conversations to address issues such as the timing and types of questions to ask, how to provide feedback effectively, and how to facilitate robust action planning. Readers are presented with a broad overview of the field and detailed analysis of core ingredients to promote effective coaching relationships. The text includes essential structures for coaching conversations and practical considerations to help readers adapt materials to their unique career interests.

    Lifestyle Wellness Coaching introduces readers to models that clearly identify clients’ progress through the stages of change. First, the text explores the popular transtheoretical model (TTM) of health-related behavior change and its delineation of six stages of clients’ readiness to change. Discussion of TTM includes strategies appropriate to clients in various stages of readiness to change. Lifestyle Wellness Coaching also presents the learning-through-change model (LCM), revealing the deep layers beneath each phase of client movement toward change. Following considerations of the stages and phases of change, readers are offered a critical map for coaching clients toward goal achievement. The authors’ unique flow model of coaching illustrates how professional coaches help clients navigate the sometimes turbulent events in attempting to change habitual patterns of behavior.  

    Lifestyle Wellness Coaching, Second Edition, details how professionals engage in well-designed communication strategies to motivate, guide, inform, and support clients’ processes toward personal change with a holistic approach. The text frames the boundaries of care and advice appropriate to coaching relationships. Some of the issues explored include the centrality of a trusting relationship, creating goals that are aligned with coaching processes, unblocking clients’ energy and discovering resources for change, and generating forward movement through the skillful use of the International Coach Federation’s 11 core competencies.

    Whether you want to apply certain aspects of a coaching approach with your clients or move toward adding a professional coach certification to your résumé, Lifestyle Wellness Coaching, Second Edition, will serve you well. The text presents the necessary skills for professional development and offers an evidence-based methodology for supporting and advancing clients in change processes related to health, wellness, and fitness agendas.


    Textbook for professional programs offering certification or continuing education in health, wellness, or fitness coaching; reference for life coaches and health, wellness, and fitness professionals.

    Table of Contents


    Chapter 1. Introduction to Lifestyle Wellness Coaching
    Modern Health Issues
    Process of Change
    Lifestyle Wellness Coaching

    Chapter 2. Background and Core Ingredients of Coaching
    Evolution of Coaching
    Models of Helping and Learning
    Core Ingredients in Effective Coaching
    Core Ingredients in Lifestyle Wellness Coaching

    Chapter 3. The Paths of Change
    Transtheoretical Model (TTM)
    Change Strategies
    Applying TTM Strategies in Coaching
    Self-Efficacy, Self-Regulation, and Relapse Prevention
    Learning-Through-Change (LTC) Model
    Applying Principles of the LTC Model

    Chapter 4. Flow Model of Coaching
    Client Dreams
    Metaphor for Coaching Flow
    Flow Model of Coaching

    Chapter 5. Setting the Foundation for Effective Coaching
    Meeting Ethical Guidelines and Establishing the Coaching Agreement
    Distinguishing Values, Morals, and Ethics
    Implications for Ethical Conduct in Lifestyle Wellness Coaching
    Coaching Agreements
    Critical Elements of Agreements in Lifestyle Wellness Coaching
    Exploring the Components of Agreements

    Chapter 6. Cocreating the Coaching Relationship
    Establishing Trust and Intimacy
    The Working Alliance: Ongoing Support for New Behaviors and Actions
    Transference and Countertransference
    Creating a Safe Space and a Holding Environment
    Coaching Presence

    Chapter 7. The Magic of Listening
    Understanding the Unspoken
    The Active Nature of Listening

    Chapter 8. The Power of Questioning
    Generic Types of Questions
    Problematic Questions
    Steps in questioning
    Upside of Questioning
    Downside of Questioning
    Powerful questions

    Chapter 9. Direct Communication
    Upside and Downside of Confrontation
    Direct Input

    Chapter 10. Awareness and Action
    Fostering Awareness and the Johari Window
    Reflection of Meaning
    Designing Action
    The Competency Development Model

    Chapter 11. Building Enduring Futures
    Goals and Goal Setting
    Interweaving Goals
    Toward Self-Reliance
    Endings and New Beginnings

    Chapter 12. Coaching as a Path of Change
    Reconfiguring the Concept of Expertise
    Courage in a Social Perspective
    Your life as a Coach
    Lifelong Learning
    Curriculum for Coaches

    Appendix A: TTM Decisional Balance: Pros and Cons of Behavior Change
    Appendix B: Sample Lifestyle Fitness Coaching Agreement
    Appendix C: ICF Code of Ethics
    About the Authors

    About the Author

    James Gavin, PhD, has been designing and delivering coach training programs to health, wellness, and fitness professionals since 1998. He is the director of the Centre for Human Relations and Community Studies and a full professor in the department of applied human sciences at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He has consulted with health, wellness, and fitness centers for 25 years and has been a practitioner of counseling psychology for more than 35 years. Gavin was awarded a Diplomate in Counseling Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, the highest award recognizing achievement and excellence in the practice of counseling psychology. He has written and researched extensively concerning personality matching related to active living since the early 1980s and has presented around the world at health fitness conferences since 1985. Gavin is also the author of Psychology for Health/Fitness Professionals. He is a long-time practitioner of aikido, iaido, and yoga and has pursued other passions such as triathlon training, kayaking, and tai chi.

    Madeleine Mcbrearty, PhD, is codirector and faculty member for the personal and professional coaching certification (PPCC) program offered through the Centre for Human Relations and Community Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. As an organizational change agent and executive coach, she works with people in community and not-for-profit organizations. She conducts workshops to promote wellness in the workplace and is currently involved in a number of projects concerned with physical fitness and psychological well-being. As a personal coach, her passion is to walk alongside those who want to achieve their personal life vision. The focus of Mcbrearty’s academic research is personal change. She works with women in weight management as a means of understanding intrapersonal change processes.