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Lifestyle Wellness Coaching 3rd Edition PDF

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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


    About the Author

    James Gavin, PhD, has designed and delivered 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 30 years and has been a practitioner of counseling psychology for more than 40 years. Gavin was designated a Diplomate in Counseling Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, the highest award for recognizing excellence in the practice of counseling psychology. He is certified by the International Coach Federation as a Master Certified Coach (MCC) and by Integral Coaching Canada as an Integral Master Coach (IMC). He has written extensively about personality matching related to active living and has presented around the world at health fitness conferences since 1985. He is a longtime practitioner of aikido and iaido. 

    Madeleine Mcbrearty, PhD, is a faculty member for the professional and personal coaching certification (PPCC) program offered through the Centre for Continuing Education at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She also teaches in the department of applied human sciences at Concordia. Mcbrearty conducts workshops to promote wellness in the workplace and is currently involved in a number of projects concerned with different aspects of psychological well-being. As a professional coach, her passion is to walk alongside those who desire to increase their professional and personal effectiveness. The focus of her academic research is on personal change processes.